Future Timber Leader Rewarded at UK KTP Awards 2021

A product design and manufacturing engineer, currently working with Wales’ largest offsite timber frame manufacturer – SO Modular – has been named one of eight future leaders at the prestigious Innovate UK KTP Awards 2021.

For almost three years, Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate Verity Moorhouse, has been working with South Wales offsite manufacturer SO Modular, to enhance the business operations using sustainable offsite manufacturing methods. Verity’s time at SO Modular has seen her leading on key projects designed to improve the design, manufacture and installation processes for timber frame prefabricated ‘modular’ buildings used to build modern high-performing residential dwellings.

SO Modular Company Director, Charlotte Hale, said: “Proud is an understatement of Verity’s achievements with SO Modular, we cannot thank her enough for what she has done in the way of injecting innovation throughout our company. Its most definitely embedded a culture of continuous improvement and innovation that will continue to flourish within our company.”

On hearing of her win, Verity (pictured) said: “It feels amazing to be recognised as a future leader. It’s not something I ever imagined I’d achieve so early on in my career. It’s been a real team effort to get me here and I am eternally grateful to colleagues at SO Modular, Cardiff Metropolitan University and the Knowledge Transfer support network and advisers.”

The Welsh Government backed Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Cardiff Metropolitan University and Sevenoaks Modular tasked academics and house builders with improving the design, manufacture and installation processes for timber frame prefabricated ‘modular’ buildings.

To date the research has improved operational output and seen benefits with sister company Hale Construction of £40million+, to deliver two innovative housing projects in Swansea and Port Talbot. Funded through Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation and the Welsh Government, the team are pioneering the expansion and transition of prefabricated homebuilding in Wales into near-to-zero operational energy and near-to-zero embodied carbon, perfecting sustainable modular construction in the housebuilding sector.

www.cardiffmet.ac.uk

www.somodular.co.uk

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