Keltbray and City University of London have announced a new partnership which aims to explore ways to increase the efficiency of designing and implementing the construction of foundation works.
The partnership will look to work towards realising the goals the government in its Construction 2025 vision. This includes lowering initial construction and whole life costs by a third, cutting completion times by 50%, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing net imports of construction products and materials.
Keltbray Group innovation director Michael Pelken said that slow innovation is compromising progress in technological development: “In the risk-averse field of construction, the creation of technologically progressive, environmentally ground-breaking or economically disruptive solutions has been compromised by slow innovation cycles,” he said.
“We are looking to close acknowledged gaps between academic and industry-led research and development models by intensifying the knowledge and technology transfer between the two settings.”
City University head of department of civil engineering Sarah Stallebrass said that the benefits of the new partnership will extend beyond the construction industry.
She said: “The collaboration will result in genuine benefits to both the construction industry and the UK economy, alongside significant improvements in sustainability.
“We are already developing a close and productive partnership leading to optimised solutions, which we hope will be sustained for many years.”
The services and products developed under the partnership should be ready for market within two years.
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