Industry Trends – Construction Industry R&D
In the first quarter of 2021, the construction sector showed rapid growth, with the CPA forecasting that output will rise by 12.9% this year. We look at some construction industry R&D trends that will help realise this.
Creating Something New
- Experimenting with new materials to create lighter, stronger, more resilient or easier-to-process products.
- Actualising architects’ designs with custom-built structures.
- Developing bespoke mechanical (e.g. waste shoots) or electrical systems for buildings.
- Repairing faulty construction with new remedial solutions.
- Establishing environmentally sensitive techniques, processes or structures
Restoring Something Old
- Replicating or refurbishing a building’s traditional features.
- Safe removal of Asbestos
- Developing new scaffolding solutions to support refurbishments.
- Offsite construction – designing, pre-building, and transporting construction elements to sites.
- Advancing equipment for the manufacturing or onsite process.
- Investing in bespoke technology or software for:
- Specialist training
- Customer relationships (CRM software)
- Job management and workflow
Following the Grenfell Tower fire and the Hackitt report the government created a Draft Building Safety Bill last year. The bill is now being brought before parliament and is expected to introduce improved building and fire safety legislation.
Although a positive step, the reform is predicted to require significant investment in innovation by the construction and engineering sectors as they develop new products and processes to meet any new legislations.