These six companies are pushing the boundaries in key areas including materials, flood defence, offsite homes and maintenance.
Specialists Awards 2018 Innovation Non contractor British Power International
British Power International
Last year BPI has developed a complete design, manufacture and installation process capable of meeting increasing UK demand for overhead line construction. Made from galvanised folded steel, the Protean system enables the largest renewable generation plants to connect to the grid in the shortest time, the company says.
Traditional systems, involving wooden pole foundation designs, are placing severe limitations on the government expansion programme for renewable energy generation. The Protean system aims to address this and can support larger conductors with improved installation methods and minimal environmental impacts.
Specialists Awards 2018 Innovation Non contractor Cemex
Cemex has used its own admixtures business to help drive technological innovations in its core businesses of cement, concrete and aggregates.
Examples of recent technological solutions include Permaflow, a stronger form of permeable concrete that has been used on motorway central reserves projects such as the M65 and M6. It has also developed Porofoam, a low-density foamed concrete ready mix that cannot be sourced anywhere else in the market according to the company.
Specialists Awards 2018 Innovation Non contractor Delta Membranes
Delta Membrane Systems
Delta Membrane Systems has produced flood resilience initiatives to prevent flood damage and combat the consequences of such events.
The firm has developed wall membranes to be fitted to walls to provide a barrier against the effects of salts and contamination caused by floodwater. Drainage channels have been devised to carry groundwater out of homes to a pump station when flooding does occur.
This technology aims to limit the financial burden of repairing properties and to help families return to their homes as quickly as possible.
Specialists Awards 2018 Innovation Non contractor The Keystone Group
Keylite Roof Windows
Keylite Roof Windows has been driving forward its fully offsite housing solution, Keyhouse, over the last year.
In partnership with roof truss manufacturer Wyckham Blackwell and timber frame specialist Timber Innovations, Keylite is in the early stages of developing offsite homes after identifying the potential of this market.
Launched in 2017, Keylite’s Polar White PVC roof window benefits from all of the existing features of Keylite roof windows, including flick-dit brackets and sash hinge finger springs, but the biggest asset is its integrated thermal collar, which is designed to increase thermal efficiency throughout the home.
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Specialists Awards 2018 Innovation Non contractor Plowman Craven Vogel
Plowman Craven has made significant advances in developing drones to monitor and inspect Network Rail’s 32,000 km of track and surrounding infrastructure.
These drones, named Vogel R3D, do not require surveyors to undertake the time-consuming and hazardous task of manually measuring tracks. Therefore, no tracks need to be closed for manual inspection, saving money and preventing project delays.
Network Rail’s chief surveyor has described this technology as a “game changer” for the client.
Specialists Awards 2018 Innovation Non contractor SiteStak
Since its launch in October 2016, Sitestak has been providing a new system for managing and storing materials on site.
By providing a different array of storage containers to better organise construction materials, SiteStak says its products reduce wasted time and cut costs through better management of materials throughout a project.
The company’s products also aim to contribute to cleaner, tidier sites, which can benefit health and safety levels.