School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
At the KTP awards ceremony in London (left-right) Lorraine Marks, of Queen's, Jim Kirkpatrick, from Macrete Ireland Ltd, Su Taylor, from Queen's, Lord Paul and Ken Frame, from AEA Momenta.
Queen's University Belfast is celebrating a year of outstanding achievement in innovation after winning two prestigious national awards.
Queen's partnership with Northern Ireland-based business Macrete Ireland Ltd has been awarded a UK-wide prize for engineering excellence at the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) awards in London last week.
The partnership was also named as Northern Ireland Regional winner at the event.
The successful collaboration between Queen's and Macrete has led to the development of an innovative ‘flat pack’ concrete arch system to ensure a structurally efficient bridge system. The FlexiArch System has given Macrete a major advantage in the market and the partnership has already attracted market interest from throughout Europe, the United States, India and Bangladesh.
The two-year project, part funded by Invest NI, was carried out with Macrete by KTP Associate Abhey Gupta under the supervision of Dr Su Taylor and Professor Adrian Long of the University’s School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering.
Dr Taylor said: “I am delighted that our Knowledge Transfer Partnership has been awarded such a prestigious award. It is especially rewarding to have our work recognised so publically and we will continue to collaborate with Macrete on other projects.”
The KTP awards recognised the most successful partnerships fostered through the Technology Strategy Board’s Knowledge Transfer Partnerships programme which supports innovation-led, three-way partnerships between business, academic institutions and graduate associates.
The award winners were congratulated by Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board; Lord Paul, Chancellor of the Universities of Westminster and Wolverhampton; Graham Spittle, Chairman of the Technology Strategy Board and IBM’s Vice President of Software for UK, Ireland and South Africa.
Commenting at the awards ceremony Graham Spittle said: “This event has provided a welcome indication that the UK economy is equipped to meet the challenging demands of a tough economic climate and increasing global competition.“The Knowledge Transfer Partnerships is a great success and will continue to grow as businesses increasingly recognise the value of tapping into the skills and knowledge that exist within the UK’s academic institutions. Businesses and universities need to continue to work together to ensure that innovation blossoms throughout the UK and secures our economic future.”