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Masters by Research in Development of Superior Eco-Efficient Sustainable Office Spaces

Course Description

This project is a Funded 12 Month Master by Research post, paying a tax-free stipend of £13,724. It is a collaborative project working at the University of Liverpool alongside Claremont Group Interiors (http://www.claremontgi.com/).

Founded in 1977, Claremont are the largest office design, fit-out and refurbishment business outside London. Renowned for office environments that motivate and inspire, they have built an enviable client list including Sheffield Hallam University, Shoosmiths, The Nottingham, BDO, Royal Liver, Acxiom and Cable and Wireless amongst others. Claremont's team works from three bases across the UK, Warrington, London and Bristol, giving the company the scale, reach and expertise to offer a range of complementary skills including all aspects of office design; such as workplace consultancy and space planning, plus a complete range of interior design solutions, including 3D visualisation of bespoke designs.

The research project aims to re-evaluate workstation and acoustic products used in the office environment to increase their eco-efficiency and effectiveness. This would preferably also have a focus on optimising workspace acoustics in an environmentally sustainable way. The use of eco-innovative materials, manufacturing processes and/or design and engineering elements to create or implement an innovative solution through divergent thinking will be investigated.

There is a desire to decrease the amount of different materials and components required in current workstation products, or create an innovative way to maximise the efficiency of materials and components through design, engineering, manufacturing or materials technology. This should be done with avoidance of inherently hard to disassemble compound structures.

Readily available, off the shelf items and established ‘traditional’ materials and methods of construction are widely used in the industry due to time constraints when developing new products and lack of time and funding for Research and Development activities. Environmental credentials within the office furniture industry can often be seen as legislative ‘qualifications’ rather than a design ethos. Using a programme of research to drive the creation of a workstation solution which has environmental sustainability at its core, will underpin the development of a truly innovative solution.

The Project will be based in the School of Engineering, with site visits and/or working alongside the team at Claremont as required.

Based in an ultra-modern £32m facility on the University of Liverpool campus, the School of Engineering is one of the UK's most innovative centres for engineering research and education.

In research the School has an impressive list of research programmes and partners. We are founder members of the University's new institutes for renewable energy and risk & uncertainty – and we have exciting industry collaborations through the following research centres:

engineering sustainability
materials and structures
engineering dynamics

You will have a 2:1 in Engineering or relevant subject.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to

Please see http://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=56522 for further details.

Entry Requirements

2:1 in Engineering, Architecture, design or related subject

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