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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are an Innovate UK funded programme whereby businesses shape a project in partnership with the University to solve a real business problem. The project will have a KTP Associate who works jointly with our academics and the business, helping to develop skills and knowledge in order to aid  business  growth, with projects lasting from 3 months to 3 years. The University of Salford have an excellent track record of delivering KTPs, helping businesses through the application process and providing on-going project administration support.

By participating in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership, businesses and organisations can:

  • Access up to 67% grant            
  • Access expertise and innovative solutions to help business growth            
  • Develop the business for today’s market            
  • Develop new and pioneering technologies            
  • Improve operational efficiency            
  • Increase profitability            

The School of the Built Environment have an excellent track record in delivering KTP with industry partners, based on research excellence and a capacity to engage with industry in partnership. We have undertaken KTPs on issues such as BIM, sustainable retrofit, and building design and off site manufacture.  We  are  focused  on  delivering  projects that are designed to generate real value for our industry partners. See below for case studies, and for more information about KTP at Salford, please go to the main University of Salford KTP Website, or contact Paul Cihlar on 0161 295 51734.

KTP Case Studies

Fusion 21

Fusion 21Fusion21 - based in Merseyside - developed two tools to support their business as a provider of procurement services and social benefits for the social housing sector. They recognised that retrofit was a major issue for social  housing  providers  and  worked with  the  Applied Buildings and Energy Research Group at the University of Salford, to develop two tools, one looking at the technical aspects of retrofitting the social housing stock, while another addressed the resident perspective. The project gained national attention, including a visit from Andrew Stunnell, former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (pictured).

During his visit Andrew stated:

“Keeping homes warm in winter and saving money on energy bills are real life issues for people here in Manchester and up and down the country.”

Sharon Chahal, also in attendance stated:

“It’s great the Minister has shown an interest in the work that both Luke and I are involved in with Fusion21. Both projects aim to provide the social housing sector with advice and support on how to realise the best possible outcomes from their retrofit projects. This is a topic of real  national  interest.”

Create Construction

Create constructionCreate Construction- based in Blackpool- provides a specialist construction service to a UK wide client base. The comnpany’s unique turnkey service provides clients with a one-stop shop covering all aspects of  design  and build,  construction  and  interiors.  Working in partnership with the School of the Built Environment, this 24 month KTP developed a quality management system to address the corporate responsibility aspects of the business. Gill Mathison,  Director at Create  initiated the project in response  to  the UK’s Strategy for Sustainable  Construction.

“Leading companies are becoming more and more socially aware. Many of us opt to buy fair trade, ethically sourced or organic products. Why isn’t the construction industry following suit? We at Create want to take a leading step to ensure that we are responsible for what we build; we owe  it  to  our  clients  and  the community.”

These key areas will be supported by reengineered business processes, resources and measures – both at organisational and project levels – and are also in accordance to AA1000, the global standard for corporate responsibility and sustainable development. With projects working towards the  BREEAM  standards  for  best  practice  in sustainable building design, construction and operation; along with strategic studies to undertake sustainable procurement (BS9803); future improvements in site waste management plans – Create is building an ethical plan to be a responsible leader.