Keltbray Group and City, University of London have been awarded funding from Innovate UK for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) which will result in advancements in deep foundation design and construction.

This follows on from the announcement on 17th October of the signing of a collaboration agreement between City and Keltbray to develop innovative technical solutions to create unprecedented efficiencies in the design and construction of foundations.

The KTP scheme, led by Innovate UK, helps businesses to innovate and grow by linking them with an academic or research organisation through the employment of a dedicated, full time, research associate, and the provision of academic resources.

The idea is for Keltbray to gain new skills and access to the latest advances in science and technology in order to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project.

For Keltbray and City, University of London, the project in question is to build a cutting-edge development that has the potential to revolutionise the piling industry, and in turn support Construction 2025 objectives to reduce construction programme lengths and costs and lower greenhouse gas emissions. A graduate from City, University of London has now been appointed as KTP Research Associate to lead the project and will be working in Keltbray’s offices for the duration of the grant, creating direct links to the research setting.

The project is intended to run from December 2018 to December 2020.

Keltbray Group Innovation Director, Michael Pelken, said:

“This momentous cross sector collaboration and the associated knowledge and technology transfer create completely new possibilities that are anticipated to deliver significant short, mid and long term impacts for us and the industry at large. The research will focus on sustainability, productivity and new forms of emerging best practice models from design to construction”.

Dr Andrew McNamara, Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering at City, University of London, said:

“As Principal Investigator (PI) for this KTP, I am looking forward to experimenting, exploring and developing a sustainable, but more importantly, a practical foundation solution for industry. This is a hugely significant project that promises to shake up the piling sector and I am thrilled to be leading it and collaborating with Keltbray.”