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Four KTP Associates from Northern Ireland will be presenting at the Digital DNA event in St George’s Market on Tuesday 6th June 2017 between 1pm and 2pm.  The Associates presenting represent a range of industries, and will be presenting a 5 minute pitch showing how KTP is delivering innovation and impact for their companies.

The four Associates are

Malak Abdelmoaty, Pentagon Solutions Ltd
Matthew Tanswell, Ove Arup & Partners Ltd
Peter McGroarty, CDE Global Ltd
Hannah McReynolds, James Leckey Ltd

Come along and find out more.

Register for the event here:

Invest NI  hosted a Showcase Event on the 27th April 2017, to highlight the excellent work carried out in NI through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme.

The event was an opportunity for KTP associates currently working on projects to present a 2 minute ‘elevator pitch’ about their project and to display a poster showcasing their project.

The audience was made up of companies, academic personnel and current KTP Associates as well as graduates and companies interested in finding out more about KTP.

Prizes were offered for the winners of both competitions, along with the opportunity to present at the Digital DNA Conference in St George’s Market, Belfast on 06-07 June.

Congratulations to all Associates that took part in the Showcase!



Award winners; Ostick and Williams 11/11/2016

A big congratulations to one of our partner companies ‘Ostick and Williams’.

We’ve had quite a bit of notable recognition from the industry in the last 4/5 weeks as a direct result of our KTP projects. These awards demonstrate how engaging with the KTP process can place a company at the forefront of the industry.

 The awards are;

  1. 2016 Irish BIM Innovation Awards – Design Category winner
  2. 2016 BIM4SME Award for BIM level 2 Implementation
  3. 2016 Build Earth Live Sustainability/Constructability Award (Team BIM Fusion)

UK Parliamentary Innovation Awards 2016

A KTP project between the School of the Natural and Built Environment and Taranto Ltd, Tandragee has been shortlisted in the “Innovation leading to New Markets” category of this year’s Parliamentary Awards. The awards identify and recognise great SME innovation stories that inspire others and demonstrate significant impact on the economy.

The final, to be hosted at Westminster by Damian Collins MP, will be held in London at the end of October, and the local MP, David Simpson, will accompany the company’s Managing Director, Simon Bullivant, to the event.

Find out more about the Taranto project in this video


This National Award winning Best Overall UK KTP project (2013) reduced energy costs and environmental impact, whilst also increasing the profit in the manufacture of pre-cast concrete products. The company had a high dependency on concrete from outside sources, and to improve efficiency and lower costs, it needed to design and manufacture lower energy and consistent concrete. The company recognised the opportunity to develop in-house testing facilities and high performance/low energy concrete, to optimise and test locally sourced aggregates and to assess the environment to enable daily adaptation of the batching/ production methods to promote reduced energy demand, thus creating more sustainable products. For example, cement represented 98% of the CO2 in Bullivant’s pre-cast concrete; hence a saving of 10kg of cement per cubic metre of concrete production representing a CO2 reduction and cost savings of approximately £30k/year At the same time, is also a reduction in pollution associated with cement production.


Taranto Ltd is an SME with experience in design and manufacture of a range of reinforced and pre-stressed concrete products. This KTP started at a time of economic downturn in the Construction industry and, not only did the company exceed the aims in the of the original project plan, they have driven the development of extremely low energy concretes with improved structural performance using locally sourced materials with the encapsulation of waste products such as PFA from Kilroot power station. The KTP partnership also resulted in expanding into new markets by the development of a novel vaulted floor system and new, patented pile connection which led to increased turnover, profit and a new client base. They are now at the forefront of the pre-cast concrete solutions, particularly the piling market, manufacturing and installing the patented Bullivant single reinforcing bar pile. The vaulted floor system resulted in a 66% saving in the self-weight compared with an equivalent flat slab system and represented a substantial cost saving with a significantly lower CO2 with low energy concrete. Additional major impacts were.

* Development of low energy, self-compacting concrete (SCC) from locally sourced materials and in accordance with requirements of the new EU standards

* SCC removed the need for external vibration, reduced energy use, eliminated noise, reduced labour demand, the quality surface finish and increased durability

* Development of innovative patented products namely: structurally efficient vaulted floor and patented piling joint

* Cost of production reduced by 25%, energy reduction by 30% and reduction in cement/ replacement with waste materials which lowered CO2 emissions

* Increased market share with regards to precast piling, including the expanding renewables market such as Carrowleagh Windfarm

* Extension of product portfolio, e.g. novel vaulted floor system with increased weight strength

* New markets entered in UK and Ireland including winning Ireland’s largest ever underpinning contract