Following on from the recent Knowledge Transfer Partnership funding announcement between Keltbray and City, University London, Keltbray today announces the award of a further grant from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.

Innovate UK is investing £18 million in innovative projects to transform the UK construction sector. This challenging 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.

Funded over the period of two years, this Keltbray Piling project will deliver unprecedented efficiency improvements in deep foundation construction through collaboration with a consortium of supply chain, technology, consulting and academic partners – Converge, DB Group, City University of London, and GI Energy. Selected from over 100 applicants, the expert jury anticipates provocative results and disruptive market impact. It is the second Innovate UK grant that has been awarded to Keltbray Group in the course of six months and increases the company’s funded innovation project value to £1.1M.

Michael Pelken, Keltbray’s Innovation Director says, “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.”

Stuart Norman, Keltbray Piling’s Managing Director adds, “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.”

As part of Keltbray’s marketing and knowledge dissemination over the next 24 months, further announcements will be made as the project progresses.

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About Keltbray Group

Keltbray Group is the UK’s leading specialist business, which offers engineering, construction, asbestos management, demolition, piling, decommissioning, remediation, rail, power distribution and transmission, reinforced concrete structures and environmental services. The company dates back to 1976, employs more than 1,800 people, and is a key player in developing and maintaining Britain’s built environment. Keltbray provides services to meet the needs of diverse and complex projects, and its well qualified people take pride in delivering projects safely and efficiently, on time and to budget, and with care for the environment and our communities. Keltbray has contributed to a range of high profile construction projects including The Shard, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium, St Pancras International, Crossrail, Earls Court, Battersea Power Station and HS2.