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Keltbray awarded Innovate UK funding to improve deep foundation construction

Contractor of the Year   Keltbray

Keltbray has been awarded a grant from Innovate UK to deliver efficiency improvements in deep foundation construction.

Funded over a period of two years, Keltbray has said that the will deliver unprecedented efficiency improvements in deep foundation construction. The work will be undertaken in collaboration with a consortium of supply chain, technology, consulting and academic partners – Converge, DB Group, City University of London and GI Energy.

Keltbray was selected from over 100 applicants and is expected to deliver results and and a disruptive market impact, Keltbray said.

Keltbray innovation director Michael Pelken said: “This collaboration is designed to develop the ‘Hiper’ pile, a cutting-edge Keltbray Piling development that has the potential to revolutionise the piling industry.

“It combines a series of new, emerging technologies and “around the corner” innovations to create larger benefits applied to sustainable foundation solutions. The project is perfectly aligned with Construction 2025 objectives and the UK Industrial Strategy.”

It is the second Innovate UK grant that has been awarded to the Keltbray Group over the past six months and increases the company’s funded innovation project value to £1.1M.

Keltbray Piling managing director Stuart Norman added: “This will be a game changing development with wide-ranging benefits that have the potential to enhance the standing and reputation of the collaborating parties involved, and to drive larger industry change in the UK and beyond.

“The award of this grant now ensures that we are able to directly employ four full time research and development engineers, embedded within Keltbray and our collaboration partners to ensure that we drive these much needed changes through to completion.”

Innovate UK is investing £18M in innovative projects to transform the UK construction sector. This call for funding has been issued as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy and Construction Sector Deal to invest in solutions that will improve productivity, quality and performance of the UK construction sector.

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