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Jeremy Corbyn visits Energy House

Thursday 17 March 2016

LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn has been on campus to find out about the University of Salford’s role in the regeneration of the city.

Mr Corbyn said the University’s Energy House was playing an “exciting and ambitious” part in helping to improve housing efficiency and tackle fuel poverty.

Energy House, which is a test facility for the Pendleton Together Project, is the only full-scale house inside a test facility in Europe and the only brick construction in an environmental chamber in the world.

The Labour leader has been finding out about the Project - which has created 250 jobs and has made a major impact on the quality of life of local people – and he dropped by on Thursday afternoon for a quick look at the innovative energy test facility.

Pioneering work 

He was shown around by Professor Will Swan and Senior Lecturer Richard Fitton who lead the pioneering Energy House research and enterprise work.

Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, who is a leading advocate of the regeneration work taking place across Salford by Pendleton Together and other organisations, recommended Energy House as a ‘must-see’ and a suitable venue for meeting the media on his trip to Salford.

She said: “I wanted Jeremy to hear about the Partnership and the collaborative research we are delivering. The Energy House is unique in the world and we thought it would be a point of interest especially with his interest in housing, green issues and fuel poverty.”

Among current research from the energy team is an EU-funded scheme with local housing association Salix Homes to improve comfort and cut household budgets in a 40-flat complex near Salford Shopping Centre.

Quicker solutions 

Professor Will Swan, who manages Energy House, told the Labour leader: “This is a remarkable resource which is in constant demand. Like our 1920s replica, the UK’s ageing housing stock does not perform well and this facility gives us data much quicker than is possible out in the field.”

Welcoming Mr Corbyn to the University were Chief Operating Officer Vicki Goddard and Dean of the School of the Built Environment Professor Hisham Elkadi.

Watch what Mr Corbyn had to say about the University's Energy House here!