UPRISE is focused on driving change within our cities to improve wellbeing, drive productivity within the industry and create resource efficient, resilient and liveable places. Our external focus ranges from engaging with issues around skills and the professions, to large scale questions such as the future of cities in the context of climate change. This requires us to be outward facing, and work with industry, governmental and third sector bodies to co-create new solutions for our cities. Supporting real change requires us to be able to work with a wide range of stakeholders, jointly sharing and creating knowledge, as well as being part of the activity that makes those ideas a reality.
We have long established relationships with industry partners, ranging from network relationships to long term partnerships supported by high value commercial research. We have two commercially focused research facilities, the Salford Energy House and Thinklab, that have undertaken large scale commercial and research projects for companies such as Saint Gobain, Siemens, Honeywell and Network Rail. Our research groups link directly with industry partners in the field of BIM, energy systems, construction delivery, construction products, and architecture. Using approaches such as iCASE and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, we look to have long term, research focused relationships.
We work closely with local and national government; locally we have presence on a number of Greater Manchester working groups, such as the Low Carbon Hub and the new Housing Strategy Group. We have provided technical support around subjects such as buildings and energy, offsite manufacture, and BIM. Nationally, we support the BIM Task Group, the regulatory model for energy assessment of homes and have undertaken research for BEIS.