Crane Wins Knowledge Transfer Award

April 14, 2009

Crane Wins Knowledge Transfer Award

The St Helens, Lancashire, manufacturing plant of Crane Building Services & Utilities and Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) have together won the ‘Best EPSRC Funded Partnership 2009’ title in the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships 2009 Awards ceremony.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships involve the forming of a partnership between a company and an academic institution in order to give the company access to skills and expertise which can help it to develop.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are funded by the government‘s Technology Strategy Board and 17 other funding organisations, including the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the government's leading funding agency for research and training in engineering and the physical sciences.

Crane Building Services & Utilities provides solutions for balancing and controlling water systems in commercial buildings and for connecting the same or disparate pipe materials for water distribution. It also supplies fittings and equipment for the safe transmission, control and connection of gas.

Steve Douglas and Dave Allanson, principal lecturers within the LJMU School of Engineering, and former KTP Associate Gareth Black won the ‘Best EPSRC Funded Partnership’ award in partnership with Crane Building Services & Utilities.

Selected for the title from approximately 400 eligible programmes, this was one of only two awards made by the EPSRC in recognition of outstanding achievements within the field of engineering and is the first Partnership Award to be given to an LJMU assisted project.

This is the second time the partnership between the company and LJMU has received public endorsement from the KTP scheme, with Gareth Black having previously won a Business Leader of Tomorrow award in 2007.

Knowledge Transfer Award
Pictured, l-r: Iain Gray (Chief Executive, Technology Strategy Board), Fiona Nightingale (KTP Senior Advisor), Dr Steve Douglas (Principal Lecturer, School of Engineering, LJMU), Brian Travis (Managing Director, Crane Building Services & Utilities), Gareth Black (KTP Associate, Crane Building Services & Utilities), Lord Paul (Chancellor or the Universities of Westminister and Wolverhampton), Dr Dave Allanson (Principal Lecturer, School of Engineering, LJMU), Susan Thomson (KTP Manager, LJMU), Jonathan Clegg (Crane Building Services & Utilities).

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