Two Kingston Knowledge Transfer Partnerships have been graded as 'outstanding' by the Technology Strategy Board. The different projects have been recognised for their achievements:
The Historic Royal Palaces (HRP), a large charitable organisation that manages the five non-residential royal palaces in the UK, teamed up with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) academic Dr Erica Longfellow and KTP Associate Susannah Lipscomb (postgraduate), to carry out cultural research aimed at developing an exciting new interpretation for visitors to the Tudor palace at Hampton Court.
The second project was a partnership with Dr Stephen Pretlove, from Archilab in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) and Clive Chapman Architects (CCA), an architectural practice specialising in urban design and regeneration. The KTP Associate Sidonie Kade, developed a new sustainability design service and obtained environmental accreditation to meet CCA's increasing market demands for environmentally sustainable building design.
Both partnerships resulted in commercial benefits; HRP seeing an increase of income from visitors to Hampton Court Palace and Clive Chapman Architects achieving efficiency savings and a substantial increase in turnover from using sustainable measures in all their commissions. Both also experienced a cultural shift and embedded new knowledge into the organisation.
The academics involved saw real impact on their research portfolio, accessing a series of research-funded grants and generating research publications with their respective KTP company partner. Additionally, the KTPs allowed both academics to apply their research to real-world challenges and enabled them to develop stronger links with key external organisations.
"It is a real achievement for us to have our KTPs graded as outstanding. It really represents the hard work of everyone involved and their dedication to these dynamic projects." Deborah Lock, Executive Director of Enterprise: