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Construction businesses often see themselves as problem-solvers, but not innovators. However, if the work you’re doing tackles issues with wider implications for your industry and beyond, you could qualify for R&D Tax Credits. Examples include:
- Overcoming site or conservational issues.
- Developing or using new or “greener” products.
- Improving methods or techniques.
- New energy saving techniques.
- Improving safety
- Innovative logistical problem solving.
- Testing and prototyping.
R&D happens everywhere
These areas can often be overlooked for R&D Tax Credits Claims so if you have been involved in working in any projects dealing with these issues get in touch with us today.
Unusual or difficult environmental or ground conditions - Each site is different and while standard practices are suited to most conditions, there are numerous instances in which a construction company is faced with conditions for which there are no established methods for tackling. They have no choice but to develop new methods and adapt tools and techniques before they can even begin. This can include, but is not limited to, challenges specific to:
- Logistics and access
- Site restrictions
Health and Safety - Construction remains a dangerous industry and health and safety measures are continually being updated. As a result companies in the industry have to adapt to comply. This can result, for example, in advances in protective barriers, innovative scaffolding, platforms for safe working and automation of dangerous tasks.
Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) - Companies pioneering modular building techniques will be faced with a fresh set of challenges that has them delving outside of established industry knowledge, and as a result, their findings are of industry wide significance.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) - Central to the UK construction industry’s future ambitions is the adoption of information rich BIM technologies, process and collaborative behaviours that will unlock new more efficient ways of working at all stages of the project life-cycle.
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SD Samuels: Reaching New Heights Through R&D
Construction often misses out on R&D claims, since problem-solving is thought of as “just part of the job”. In SD Samuels’ case, this everyday innovation proved to be worth £484,947.70.
In its Brentford Football Stadium cladding and roofing project, SD Samuels had to solve a significant technical problem.
Identifying that the best materials for the job were large sheets, the need quickly became apparent for an innovative hoist system to get workers, materials and machinery safely to the necessary height.
Additionally, rigorous audio tests were required during the construction of Stansted Airport College, with the proximity of the building to a runway meaning materials needed to be carefully assessed, and mock-ups built.