Queen’s cousin visits ‘Coronation Street in a Lab’

The Duke of Gloucester tries out 3D glasses

The Duke of Gloucester tries out 3D glasses

The Duke of Gloucester visited the University of Salford’s cutting-edge research facilities yesterday (17 November), to see how the latest knowledge is being applied to our urban environment.

Prince Richard was shown around the University’s Energy House – a working Coronation Street style house built inside a lab – where scientists can control the temperature, and even make it rain.

He was told how the House is used to test the latest technology to make our homes more energy efficient and how academics from disciplines as diverse as psychology and physics are working together to create new approaches to reducing carbon emissions.

The Duke was also given the 3D experience in the Thinklab, where a map of the entire city of Salford has been imported to provide planners, the police and others with easy to read data on issues in extremely localised areas.

Noted for his interest in architectural issues, the Duke is a senior figure in numerous societies including the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Society of Architect-Artists and at Salford he was able to speak to some of the world’s leading researchers in the built environment.

Jan McKenzie, Director of University Development received the Duke and escorted him on his tour.

“He was genuinely interested in our work as it fits very closely with his own interests,” she said. “The University is very happy to welcome all kinds of people to visit our facilities and learn about our research.

As an educational institution it’s a significant part of what we do.”

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