The National Centre for Universities and Business welcomes last night’s result, awarding the partnership between Ryder Architecture and Northumbria University with the Times Higher Education Award for Most Innovative Contribution to Business-University Collaboration.
As one of the UK’s leading practices in building information modelling, Ryder is praised for its innovative partnership with Northumbria University to create BIM Academy which brings vital competitive advantage to the UK construction industry.
The joint venture provides knowledge and expertise on the application of digital 3D design, construction planning and asset management, and is a centre of excellence for BIM research, consultancy, training and education.
BIM Academy has helped to shape international uptake, conducting activities in the UK, Australia and Hong Kong as well as training schemes in mainland China.
Successful projects led by the academy include work on the Sydney Opera House and Durham Cathedral. Featured as one of three case studies submitted to the research excellence framework in 2014, it received a 4* outstanding score and continues to grow.
Peter Barker, Partner at Ryder Architecture and MD of BIM Academy said:
“We are honoured to receive this award that recognises our fantastic partnership with Northumbria University. It has been amazing to work with the University to bring to life the Building Information Modelling (BIM) Academy and we are delighted with the benefits that we are seeing materialise both for us as a company and for the students we work with from the University.”
Professor Andrew Wathey CBE, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Northumbria University said:
“Northumbria University is proud of the strategic partnership we have forged with Ryder Architecture. The connections transcend across both organisations in a multitude of ways. BIM Academy is a testimony to our collaboration and the benefits we know it will bring to the construction sector.”
David Docherty CEO of the category’s sponsor the National Centre for Universities and Business said:
“I am delighted that the partnership between Ryder Architecture and Northumbria University won the 2017 Times Higher Education Award for the Most Innovative Contribution to Business-University Collaboration. In judging the entrants this was a standout partnership bringing vital competitive advantage to the UK construction industry.”
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