At Keltbray, we pride ourselves on putting sustainable innovation at the heart of everything we do. This was reinforced by the recent announcement of our new core purpose: ‘To redefine the way sustainable development is delivered’.

On the 18th May 2021, Keltbray hosted a very special and exclusive hybrid virtual / in-person event (the first of its kind since the UK went into lockdown in 2020) at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), to present the latest innovations in the piling industry.

The event also marked the long-awaited product launch of the innovative HIPER® Pile.

Alongside our consortium partners and other industry representatives, Keltbray discussed the decarbonisation of construction and how the Innovate UK-funded HIPER® Pile fits into this agenda.

The event saw keynotes from Sam Stacey, Challenge Director at UKRI and Ed McCann, Senior Vice President at the Institution of Civil Engineers, with guest speakers from Mace, Robert Bird Group, the Active Building Centre and A2 Studio.

Stuart Norman, Managing Director for Piling at Keltbray, presented on the research and birth of the HIPER® Pile and its origins, whilst Technical Manager, Asha Panchal, talked through the environmental and social benefits of the hollow pile design.

We also had presentations from Keltbray’s Innovation Director, Michael Pelken, and Wentworth House Partnership’s Director, Tim Lohmann, with closing remarks from our Chief Executive Officer, Darren James.

In the audience, we were pleased to see key industry players from British Land, Lendlease, Landsec, the Crown Estate, HS2, Mace, McLaren, Multiplex, Network Rail, Skanska, SRM, Deloitte Real Estate, Arup, and Watermans amongst others.

Stuart Norman, Managing Director for Piling at Keltbray, said: “The event was a great success and we’ve already seen significant interest in the HIPER® Pile as a result. We look forward to following up on some of the exciting conversations we had at the symposium and collaborating with clients to deliver this exciting innovation that will undoubtedly improve productivity, quality and the overall performance of the UK construction sector.”

Asha Panchal, Technical Manager for Piling at Keltbray, said: “It was fantastic to be able to present the many benefits of the HIPER® Pile development to an audience of our colleagues and peers. This is a huge step forward in Keltbray’s innovation journey and we’re excited to bring this project to market. The HIPER® Pile has the potential to radically improve the sustainability and whole life value of building foundations. It’s an exciting time for the sector as real change is on the horizon and we’re looking forward to the future.”

Keltbray would like to extend a special thank you to all of our guest speakers and attendees.

You can find out more about the innovative HIPER® Pile in our brochure: