The strength of the Institute of Shock Physics at Imperial College London resides in its multi-scale loading platforms and broad diagnostic suite. The application of these cutting edge diagnostics to well-established and evolving loading methods enables the determination of material properties with an unprecedented confidence, with the ability to probe short duration meso scale phenomena occurring on the nano-second timescale to the longer duration events occurring at the continuum level. These specialist facilities complement a range of standard testing platforms, and materials characterisation available to the Institute throughout Imperial enabling a holistic interrogation of material response.