The University celebrated its new status as an official partner of the £650million Pendleton Together regeneration project at a special event held at the University last week.
Launched in summer 2013, Pendleton Together is an ambitious £650million regeneration project designed to completely transform the Pendleton area of Salford. Work on the first phase of project, which includes building more than 1,600 new homes and refurbishing 1,250 existing homes, is already underway and began in early 2014.
The project is being delivered by the Pendleton Together consortium, led by housing organisation, Together Housing Group, building and regeneration specialists, Keepmoat, Salford City Council and now, the University of Salford.
The formal partnership was signed at a special event held at the University of Salford’s Allerton Building, which overlooks the Pendleton area of Salford, on Thursday 20 March 2014. The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Martin Hall, was joined by Salford City Council Mayor, Ian Stewart, and Tom Miskell, Group Chief Executive of Together Housing Group.
As an official partner of the project, the University of Salford will use its academic and research expertise and student innovation to underpin and help shape the future direction of Pendleton Together initiatives. The University will deliver a number of projects covering ecological sustainability, healthcare, energy, archaeology and independent living, including six projects which have already been agreed.
Current and future students from the University’s School of Arts and Media will also film a documentary over the 15 year life of the Pendleton Together project. The aim is to create a living legacy to document the regeneration of the Pendleton area throughout the life of the ambitious project.
Vice-Chancellor, Martin Hall, said: “This partnership is about more than talking about the City’s problems. We want to show what can be achieved by working together in a true partnership – one that focuses on the needs of the community and brings about real change to the people of Pendleton and the communities of Salford. That’s what Pendleton Together is all about – it’s about adding real value to bring about real change. That’s why we’re proud to become an official Pendleton Together partner”.
Head of Industrial Partnerships, Mike Taylor, said: “At the University of Salford we are in a very strong position to deliver ‘real life’ evidence based solutions to our industrial partners, practical solutions that address issues of strategic importance, the kind of stuff that keeps them awake at night! We invest significant time and resources into key relationships locally, nationally and internationally, with the emphasis placed firmly on providing high quality, high impact research and innovation injected into industrial & community challenges to bring about real change”.
For more information on the University's unique approach to industrial partnerships or to discuss how your organisation can benefit from working with the University, please contact Mike Taylor, Head of Industrial Partnerships.