9 December 2022

School of Architecture student creates display model of the innovative Translational Energy Research Centre (TERC) building.

MArch Student Mae was commissioned by TERC to create a model of their new building, allowing them to showcase their innovative research facilities to visitors.

TERC model handover
Melissa Ayres (Head of Finance. Commercial and Partnerships for TERC), Matthew Jee (Project Manager for TERC), Yasser Fadhl (Architect for Bond Bryan), Mae Ghali (Model builder), Rhianne Spurden (TERC), Roy Childs and Stuart Moran

Sheffield School of Architecture student Mae Ghali, currently in her sixth year,  has built a display model of the Translational Energy Research Centre building. The model has been handed over to staff at TERC, and will be located in the building’s atrium. 

Mae was commissioned for this work in December 2021. The Centre’s brief included ensuring that the innovative features of the building were recreated. The Translational Energy Research Centre is equipped to run pilot-scale research and development trials, using their specialised equipment and process, with the aim of understanding and demonstrating sustainable energy systems. 

Mae worked with the School of Architecture’s facilities, including our Reprographic Unit and our Materials Workshop to create the model. 

Mae used several model making techniques to create the final model. The 3D parts were made on our Ultimaker 3 and resin 3D equipment . It’s a real testament to Mae’s skills to produce a stunning looking model. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Matthew and Rhianne for their support during this process.

Roy Childs

Reprographics Manager, Sheffield School of Architecture

As well as the tools Mae used, our Reprographics Unit also contains large format scanners, large format plotters and draft printers and other fabrication and drafting tools. 

Mae also used the fabrication facilities in the Materials Workshop. 

Mae has created a high quality model taking advantage of both traditional and digital machines, such as 3D printers and laser cutters, to great effect. She’s produced some really intricate parts for the model. Her patience and attention to detail was remarkable. Especially with all the complex pipe work which was all handmade. Mae should be really proud of what she's achieved. I know we are.

Stuart Moran

Materials Workshop Manager, Sheffield School of Architecture

As well as the tools Mae used, our Materials Workshop also contains a great selection of hand and power tools, wood machine shop, CNC machine and lots more. 

The official reveal and handover was chaired by Prof Mohamed Pourkashanian, Managing Director of the Translational Energy Research Centre, who offered his thanks to Mae for her work on the model.

A huge thank you to Mae for her hard work and dedication in creating such a wonderful representation of our complex and innovative facility. The model will add some considerable prestige to our centre, and represents excellent joint working between University departments. Thank you also to Stuart and Roy for their support.  

Prof Mohamed Pourkashanian

Managing Director of the Translational Energy Research Centre

The handover was also attended by Yasser Fadhl, an architect for Bond Bryan, and designer of the building, as well as staff from across TERC. 

I really enjoyed working on this project. It’s been a great experience having the time to dedicate to making a model of this scale and detail.

Mae Ghali

MArch student, Sheffield School of Architecture

We’re incredibly impressed with Mae’s work on the model and hope it’s an informative part of the Translational Energy Research Centre building in the future.  

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