We are delighted to be able to offer a learning experience which is almost unique among UK universities.

Our new £1.7m facility includes a fully operational pilot plant which enables our students to experience the entire chemical process, putting the theory they learn into practice in a real-world environment.

Our new pilot plant

Fluor Pilot Plant brochure
(3.3 MB .PDF)


In 2019, the University of Surrey invested over £6.5m in new and upgraded facilitates in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (FEPS). This video explores some of the areas that benefited from this investment, including analytical, energy and powder labs.

Fluor pilot plant

The facility is a fully operational chemical process plant that demonstrates all of the main functions of an industrial plant such as chemical reaction, solids handling, filtration, heat exchange and CO₂ capture by gas absorption. It utilises a safe whole process to produce very pure saline solution from a contaminated salt feed. The plant has a high spec control room, situated on a mezzanine floor, which closely resembles control rooms found in industry, with a mimic display showing a range of data such as the operational status of the plant and real time measurements.

The pilot plant was part-funded by a substantial donation from Fluor, as well as a donation of $1 million from Surrey alumni Neil and Elizabeth Chapman. Neil Chapman is a chemical engineering graduate and currently President of ExxonMobil Chemical Company, and Elizabeth is a human health and biology alumna.

Take a look at our Flickr gallery for all images and download the pilot plant brochure to read more.