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The MOBIE Northumbria Homes for the Future Innovation Centre

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Contact UsNorthumbria University is teaming up with educational charity MOBIE to drive innovation in designing homes for the future.

MOBIE was founded by North East born TV presenter and architect George Clarke. The organisation strives to promote innovation in the design and delivery of homes. To achieve this, MOBIE is spearheading an education pathway with clear progression through school, college and university, including under and postgraduate level.

This collaboration with Northumbria University will focus on embedding research and innovation into business, with a series of co-funded PhDs. Not only will this contribute to a highly skilled workforce, it will also enable businesses to benefit from research and innovation across the built environment.

Focusing on ‘Homes for the Future’ the initiative will investigate new methods of construction, design, offsite manufacture, digital competencies and new materials. This research aims to transform house building into a clean, efficient and precision-engineered process with greater levels of quality control.

With R&D investment in construction still critically low, this collaboration will support the sector to invest in innovation. Participating businesses will work with Northumbria University to identify areas of opportunity, and benefit from boosting productivity with new products, services or processes arising from the research project over three years. The university will jointly fund the studentships, meaning businesses will invest roughly £10k for each of the three years.

Businesses can now apply to be part of the Homes For The Future Innovation Centre. More information on how to apply can be found here. Applications for PhD students will open later in the year – please register your interest to be kept up to date.

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