The Bartlett


Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) help businesses to gain new knowledge and expertise by employing academics and associates to offer their experience

Expand the sections below to find out more about some of our recent successful KTPs. Within UCL, The Bartlett has conducted more KTPs than any other academic faculty.

Philips Electronics

This KTP aimed to deliver a novel new set of training and product reference materials to enable staff and customers to learn how best to apply Philips’ range of lighting products.

Philips Lighting is dedicated to introducing innovative end-user driven, energy-efficient solutions and applications for lighting. Philips wanted to collate their many training manuals, textbooks and reference material covering the general principles of lighting into a comprehensive online training manual for staff and current and potential customers.

Philips Lighting utilised the lighting and teaching knowledge base within the IEDE, and the KTP resulted in a high-quality e-learning resource on Moodle, a free open-source platform. Training modules are arranged into categories from lighting fundamentals to products and application, and are accessible to those new to lighting. Animations and graphics clarify key points, and each module includes a quiz for users to interact with the material.

Through this e-learning system, Philips is helping its staff and customers to increase their levels of competence, thereby improving its perceived knowledge position in the marketplace and promoting the company as first-choice suppliers.


The KTP with Spacelab aimed to develop a process or product to deal with a gap in the market in terms of how clients use, acquire and commission space and architecture. This involved intelligence and data gathering and development and the testing of a prototype model.

The research and knowledge gained during this KTP has placed Spacelab at the forefront of research in this area, and has cleared the way for the continual development of a new approach for organisations looking at space, property and effective use of space in line with their business objectives.

Spacelab’s collaboration with The Bartlett resulted in the generation of new business worth $168k and the identification of new market opportunities. Spacelab also expanded its professional networks and relationships, while improving efficiency and developing new skills. Kerstin Sailer, The Bartlett’s associate on the project, used the data sets gathered in her PhD dissertation, and has published eight papers as a result.

Max Fordham

Max Fordham designs energy-efficient systems for building services, specialising in developing sustainable solutions for heating, water and electrical installations. However, prior to this KTP, Max Fordham engineers had to carry out moisture calculations for their projects on an ad-hoc, job-by-job basis.

The KTP recognised the business advantages of a more formal calculation and modelling method, and thus developed, tested and applied advanced moisture modelling tools in the design of passively controlled buildings.

The KTP successfully developed a building simulation tool that accurately models the interaction of moisture in the building and building fabric. The Bartlett benefitted from the facilitation of new research projects utilising the moisture model, drafting several research papers based on validation data and the properties of novel materials measured during the project.

Max Fordham attracted new business with the advanced tools, techniques and capabilities that the new building simulation tool developed.


The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management secured a three-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership with AECOM Professional Services LLP to develop a suite of innovative market forecasting tools.

The project, led by Professor Michelle Baddeley, intends to harness academic capabilities in economic analysis and econometrics to develop more innovative and accurate construction forecasts. The partnership has been awarded over £250,000 in funding and is sponsored by AECOM and Innovate-UK and supported by UCL Advances.

AECOM, a global infrastructure and engineering support services firm, has identified significant gaps in the commercial market for construction industry forecasting tools. Existing products suffer from a range of limitations and inaccuracies because they do not fully embrace the microeconomic, sectoral and macroeconomic influences on business performance.

This project aims to address these issues by using insights from behavioural economics, as well as micro-, macro- and industry economics, as the foundation for the forecasting methodology. These forecasts will be developed initially for the UK construction industry, but with the aim of extending the capability to other industries and global regions, including emerging markets.

This advanced forecasting capability will create an opportunity to report at a greater level of detail, tailored to the way that real global businesses respond to markets and clients.