Most of our activities are undertaken in close collaboration with leading research institutions and industrial organizations. Our current collaborative activities include:
HaCIRIC (Health and Care Infrastructure Research and Innovation Centre), is a collaborative venture by Imperial College and the universities of Salford, Loughborough and Reading to create an £11m research centre. It has been fostered by a new grant of £7.2m from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
The Centre has been established to create a unique resource of skills and knowledge to inform the development of policy and practice for the strategic planning and delivery of future healthcare infrastructure.
The KIM Project, a 3 year, £5M programme funded primarily by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), brings together a team of some 70 academics and researchers from 11 universities to look at the knowledge management challenges associated with this move towards through-life product support. The team is already working with a number of organisations and companies from an ever widening range of business sectors, including aerospace, construction, defence and healthcare, with a view to producing data solutions to address these global issues. We welcome all industrial parties, be they OEM, supplier, service provider or customer oriented, with an interest in this subject area and who see benefit in interacting with the team in the exploration and development of best practice solutions.
Our 3-year EPSRC-funded research project aims to identify and understand the challenges and opportunities of the UK construction sector over the next 20 years. Sustained competitiveness in UK construction: a fresh perspective, or The Big Ideas for short, is a collaboration between industry and the Innovative Manufacturing Research Centres at Loughborough, Reading and Salford Universities.
Our research will engage a diverse cross-section of construction industry representatives, as well as expert authorities from other disciplines, which will ensure that the work is grounded in the reality of what is actually happening, and what might happen, in UK construction and beyond