We have many world-class, large scale and national facilities that enhance and enrich the quality and value of our research and teaching, and can also help you with your research or business improvement plan.

These facilities allow us to conduct exciting, leading science that is transformative both for the academic knowledge base and for the non-academic beneficiaries of our research. Such facilities are an invaluable resource and as such, are not just available to our researchers and students but can also provide an opportunity for external organisations to engage with this.

In addition to the option of hiring our facilities and equipment for on-site use, we can also offer processing, experimental and analysis services, upskilling for researchers through the receipt of training on our state-of-the-art facilities, and through collaborative research projects, the opportunity for researchers to work alongside each other in conducting experiments.

The specialist and focused nature of our research means that new, bespoke facilities and items of equipment are often required and we have the capability to design and build these.

Technical Facilities

We have a wealth of technical specialist facilities and equipment to help with your research project or business improvement plan. Many of these are world-class, large-scale and unique to Cranfield. Read more about our technical facilities on our specific centre pages.

Physical facilities

Our on campus physical facilities include an off-road dynamics facility which enables the study of all aspects of machine interaction with surfaces and technologies for carbon capture.

Virtual facilities

We have a range of testing environments which use computer technology to examine virtual scenarios.


We offer a range of resources such as guest speakers, research capability, training and development and unique archives and data sets.

Bespoke facilities

The specialist and focused nature of our research means that new, bespoke facilities and pieces of equipment are often required in support. Cranfield has the capability to design and build these.

Business Facilities

We offer a range of ancillary services to support your business, whether you are a small sole trader or a multi-national company.

  • Cranfield University's Business Incubation Centre (CUBIC) provides six months' free office space for high-tech start-up company owners and entrepreneurs.
  • Conferencing, banqueting and accommodation – as well as a place to host your conference, we can offer networking with an expert and also support speakers and tours of the campus.
  • IT Training - if you have staff members needing to improve their IT skills, we can train them in various programmes including Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Visio and the European Computer Driving Licence Qualification.
  • Cranfield Airport - our fully-equipped executive airport is a truly distinctive part of the Cranfield habitat which accommodates most business jets and provides easy worldwide access for businesses in London and the South Midlands.