Find out how we helped Baxall in the construction sector to identify £1,577,531 of qualifying expenditure via R&D Tax Credits. Here is their story:
Incorporated in 1972 Baxall is a highly respected regional contractor delivering new build, refurbishment, project management and design and build solutions to public and private sector clients across London and the South East.
The company's focus ranges from high quality residential and commercial projects through to the education and health & leisure sectors. They're committed to safety, sustainability, efficiency and quality, and constantly monitor their performance in all areas.
Baxall specialises in the education, high quality residential, ecclesiastical, health, leisure and commercial sectors across which, the company has developed an extensive and diverse portfolio. This ranges from the refurbishment of Grade II listed buildings to sustainable construction, meeting strict BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes standards.
Qualifying Projects in 2014 and 2015
Sussex Cluster Framework Schools
Qualifying Projects in 2016
BIM and Modern Methods of Construction (MMC)
Sector Issues / Problems to Overcome
Coastal Construction Property locations presented access difficulties, public safety issues and limited storage / welfare facilities. Ground conditions involved sand and proximity to the sea. There was also a range of adverse weather conditions to contend with.
Sussex Cluster Framework Schools There was an opportunity for huge environmental gains by tackling carbon emissions. In addition, off-site construction offers many benefits in speed, safety and cost.
St. George's Ensuring the safety of students in an open site. Accommodating the needs of the school and limiting disruption. Lack of space for equipment and parking presented difficulties, while sustainability and speed of construction were also priorities.
Eaton House An open site meant many precautions to ensure the safety of students. Logistical challenges involving location of new build kitchen had to be accommodated. Lack of vehicular access and poor ground condition posed challenges. Timescales and sustainability targets needed to be met.
BIM and MMC Meeting government targets for lower costs, reduced emissions and faster delivery through BIM.
Research & Development Undertaken
Coastal Construction Construction of a bespoke trackway linking the site to the nearest access road. Harsh conditions were overcome through solutions including self-cleaning glass, foam sealing window and door perimeters and a bespoke shuttering system to prevent sand entering the foundations during the dig. Given the environment, a full waterproof system was included under the houses, and a waterproof membrane fitted to ensure they remained weathertight.
Sussex Cluster Framework Schools Alternative site logistics had to be considered and several amendments were made to the STREIF system standard product.
St. George's To meet the exacting requirements of the project, an off-site solution was proposed. Strict guidelines were developed for a new supplier to guarantee the necessary quality. Several alternative techniques were trialled and materials examined.
Eaton House The safest methods were determined for the removal and replacement of the original 1940s timber structures. A temporary kitchen involving 11 portacabins was devised and built to minimise disruption. Significant work was put into an innovative "sky playground" above the portacabins as a protected outdoor space for students. All equipment needed to be childproofed, and a number of measures were developed to ensure that the construction didn't interfere with the efficient and safe running of the school.
BIM and MMC Baxall worked to increase its understanding and implementation of BIM and MMC, leading to significant benefits for all its projects going forward. Improvements have included improved design options, material choices and processes.
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