University of Salford & Pendleton Together

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by Mike Taylor

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The University of Salford is a strategic partner in ‘Pendleton Together’, a £650 million regeneration project designed to completely transform the Pendleton area of Salford. The project is being delivered by the University of Salford, Pendleton Together consortium, led by housing organisation Together Housing Group, and building and regeneration specialists Keepmoat.

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Pendleton – the bottom 1%

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The ambitious project, which will see more than 1,600 energy efficient new homes built and 1,250 existing homes refurbished, will include a reinvigorated park with new usable green spaces, new sports pitches and a new theatre square.

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University of Salford and Pendleton – working together for the local area

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Our approach means we can support the council and other local partners in delivering evidence-based decisions based on academic research; and also engage our students with real life issues and problem solving tasks.[edsanimate_end]

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Developing a model

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Since the university joined the Pendleton Together partnership 18 months ago the University has developed a Pendleton Model which engages academia, place and people through a creative industrial partnership.
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Shared resources

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Pendleton Co-Operative was founded by the University, Together Housing Group, Salford City Council, Salford Arts Theatre and Lark Hill Primary School, initially making £75,000 available over 5 years for local groups and organisations, specifically around job creation and training initiatives. [edsanimate_end]

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Connecting and collaborating

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At the University of Salford we actively pursue the transfer of knowledge from industry into the classroom for our students benefit. We also utilise our industry partnerships to transfer our academic evidence & student creativity.

Our connectivity locally, nationally & internationally is of great benefit to our strategic industry partners, so it’s not just about knowledge sharing – it’s about intelligence sharing.
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The project’s outcomes, within the university and beyond

Housing

To date, 186 new private and affordable homes have been completed. These were the first private homes to be built in the area since before the First World War. 950 homes have been refurbished.

Our Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit is carrying out a rapid review of handover and tenant engagement with respect to refurbishment works carried out to date.

Engagement & Interaction

Our Business School delivered Pendleton’s Business Pop Up School at our MediaCityUK campus and Business Boot Camp, which supports the residents of Pendleton to set up their own businesses.

Over 20 entrepreneurs took part in the sessions and 12 enterprise organisations have been established or supported so far.

ECO Logical

The University is undertaking two studies assessing recycling and energy use in refurbished homes to help alleviate fuel poverty.

The study uses Big Data Mining techniques alongside behavioural psychology to assess the impact of the new heating systems and to identify residencies with which we can work to help them keep costs down.

Independence Enabled (The ageing population of Pendleton)

The University’s Institute for Dementia worked with the construction team and residents refurbishing 26 flats in Lombardy Court (a sheltered housing scheme) to build in design changes that would make its facilities more suitable for those with dementia.

The £1m refurbishment is the first block to be completed and handed back to residents.

Digital Health

Our Digital Health team is working with the Director of Health at Salford City Council, and General Practitioners, to develop a digital health dashboard.

This would give each resident access to their health information, enable them to video conference with their GP and even allow both patient and GP to monitor health issues such as blood sugar levels for diabetes patients.

It will greatly benefit residents who find it difficult to leave their own homes such as those who have a disability or are in independent living. It will also help reduce the calls to GPs surgeries and free up capacity.

About the author

Kim is the Digital Communications Officer for the Smart Specialisation Hub.

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