Teesside University tout successful KTP with landscape architects Colour

Credit: Colour Urban Design Limited, the Landscape Institute
Credit: Colour Urban Design Limited, the Landscape Institute

Hot on the heels of Niven Architects becoming BIM-enabled thanks to a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Teesside University, the educational establishment have touted another Building Information Modelling success story.

Landscape architecture and urban design company Colour have collaborated with Teesside University, and thanks to using both a KTP and a Teesside University-exclusive Knowledge Exchange Internship (KEI) initiative, they have been able to hire two permanent members of BIM-related staff in their Newcastle office.

Colour, who have offices in London, and Doha in Qatar, hired Henry Fenby-Taylor (pictured above) and Adam Hay after the pair completed a KTP and KEI respectively. Regarding Fenby-Taylor’s impact on the business, he applied BIM project management standards as a BIM System Designer within the firm.

Partly funded by Innovate UK, KTP’s typically last two years yet Fenby-Taylor has already proved to majorly successful within his inaugural annum. He has been appointed by the Landscape Institute, the Royal Chartered Institute for Landscape Architects, to write BIM for Landscape, a first-of-its-kind publication that will study the ways in which BIM can positively impact the world of landscape architecture.

“Having the chance to work with both professionals and academics in this area is unique and we are doing some cutting edge work,” said Fenby-Taylor.

“My role is more research focused and so I can afford to experiment and try new things. It means I can look at new models of doing things and it’s not going to impact on the company.”

Adam Hay recently completed his 12-month KEI and was permanently employed thanks to his elite work implementing BIM within company projects.

“I’ve been using the technology to help the landscape architect,” stated Hay. “It’s meant I’ve been kept very busy with lots of new problems to solve and fix, and also learn new knowledge and skill sets.

“It’s really helped to move me on in terms of furthering my skills.”

Hay has adopted BIM on various Colour projects including the new Newcastle College Gateway faculty and a collaboration with fellow KTP users Niven Architects on the winning bid in the Build Sydney 2013 virtual design competition for a new convention centre in Sydney, Australia. Impressed by these achievements is Colour’s Technical Director, Stephen Blacklock.

‘We’re extremely pleased with the work that we’ve been doing with Teesside University,” explained Blacklock. “Adam’s KEI has allowed the company to take on more complex BIM projects and is also helping the company drive efficiencies and work towards ISO accreditation which will help secure more work.

“The KTP is more of a problem-solving position with a lot more academic support but hopefully it will enable us to develop solutions which will allow us to stay at the forefront of our industry.

“It’s fantastic that there are these different ways in which Teesside University has been able to support our business. We’re now thinking of running another KEI project in our London office.”

Learn more about Colour Urban Design Limited by clicking here. To read more regarding Colour’s relationship with Teesside University alongside comments from University staff, follow this link.

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