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Hooke Park Facilities

Hooke Park is open for groups of AA students to visit with their tutors. Bookings are made by tutors on a first-come, first-served basis by emailing We will also advertise a number of ‘open calls’ throughout the year for students across the school to sign up to visit Hooke.

Living Facilities

On-site lodging is provided for students and guests working at Hooke Park

Juniper Cottages serve as residences for long-term students. They are located on the edge of the forest and consist of two-bedroom units with open space lounge-kitchens.

North and South Lodges are short-term accommodations for ad-hock guests.

Westminster Lodge accommodates vising groups in double en-suite rooms,  There is a large communal room with a wood-burning stove.

Food at Hooke Park is freshly made in our own kitchen and eaten together in the refectory.  On some evenings, when the refectory kitchen takes a break, there is a barbecue and pizza oven for groups to use and historic village pubs nearby,  as well as seaside fish and chips slightly further afield.

Architectural Association School Life 2013-2014

Making Facilities

The main fabrication workshop is fully equipped with woodworking hand-tools, and power tools as listed below:

  • Workshop machinery: 3-axis CNC router 1220mm x 2440mm bed, tilting arbour saws, wood lathes, metal lathe, band saws, morticer, planer thicknesser, bench grinder, bench drills, horizontal borer, bench mounting disc sander, belt linisher, panel saw. Spindle moulder and four sided planer (only operated by workshop staff).
  • Portable electric tools: Jigsaws, cordless drills, palm sander, belt sander, router, grinder, heat gun, pistol drills, plaster board driver, fret saw. Electric plane, biscuit jointer, circular saw, gas nail gun (under instruction only).

There are around 12 workbenches.  We generally limit use of the workshop to 16 students.

For specific inquiries about the workshop equipment, please contact Charlie Corry Wright at Hooke Park.

Architectural Association school life 2012-2013

The ‘Big Shed’ Assembly Workshop provides a covered space of about 4oosqm for larger construction-scale work.  The building has sliding access doors and the interior can be accessed using Hooke Park’s telehandler.

The Assembly Workshop has 3-phase power, a pneumatic compressor, and portable dust extraction.  A tower scaffold is available for working at height. The building also houses our Stena re-saw and, from autumn 2014, the Kuka robot arm and CNC milling machine. The work can be facilitated by a telehandler and various lifting and fabrication equipment.

The Assembly Workshop space is available to visiting groups by prior arrangement as the space is often being used for Design & Make project work.


Hooke Park’s WoodMizer sawmill is able to reduce tree trunks to rectangular section timber, allowing Hooke Park trees to be used in projects.

Robot: Kuka KR-150 (2000 series)
Reach: 2700mm
Max Payload: 150kg
Controller: KR C2
Digital I/O: 10 Inputs, 10 Outputs
Power: 24V and 240V
Kuka Rotary 7th Axis Integrated

Robot Cell Dimensions
7m x 6m x 5m

End-effectors: spindle, gripper, chainsaw, bandsaw…