North West Construction Knowledge Hub (NWCKH)  



This project ran from April 2009 to March 2012 and helped over 160 Construction SMEs to be even more efficient and successful.

The North West Construction Knowledge Hub was led by the University of Salford's Centre for Construction Innovation and based in CUBE on Portland Street; delivered by CCI, BRE, University of Central Lancashire, University of Liverpool and Urban Vision; and funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF, 50%), the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA, 25%) and the five partners.

The built environment is associated with 52% of UK carbon emissions, including a proportion from the construction phase, making the project highly relevant for addressing climate change issues. For example, how a building is constructed strongly influences the occupiers’ carbon footprint – including factors such as whether gas, electric or solar heating is installed, and how much insulation is included.

At the Project Launch in 2009, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Salford, Professor Martin Hall said: “This knowledge will help small businesses beat the recession, as well as provide longer term benefits to the industry. There is a real need for this type of initiative at the moment, but it will form part of a longer term strategy that will enable companies to succeed not just this year, but well into the future.”

Three years on and with the project now completed, we have published a Project Evaluation Report and analysed the initiative and the wider strategy, along with the achievements of:

  • the 167 SMEs assisted,
  • the 47 new jobs created, and
  • the 231 jobs that were at risk and safeguarded by the project.

For more information about the project you can contact CCI, and to download a PDF copy of the Evaluation Report please click here.


North West Construction Knowledge Hub - April 2009 to March 2012 - Final Evaluation

ISBN 978-1-907842-34-4    R. Stewart, T. Baldwinson (eds).  University of Salford, UK (2012).