Winner: IG Masonry Support Systems – IG Brick Slip Masonry Support Systems
The Commercial Innovation of the Year category was hotly contested this year, with our judges remarking on the high standards of all our finalists.
From illuminated workwear to wireless fire alarms, and from powerful anti-snagging software to protection against exposed steel rebar, the variety of the innovations on show was only matched by their quality.
But one winner there had to be – and our judges agreed that IG Masonry Support Systems deserved the prize for its Brick Slip system.
IG Masonry Support’s product has been four years in the making, with the company’s board granting it the time and support to develop it fully and bring it to market.
The Brick Slip system targets a very particular problem on construction sites: how to create brick soffits quickly, efficiently and to a high quality.
The old methods for creating brick soffits – namely using stirrups or concrete bags to hang the bricks in place – were time-consuming and costly, particularly in terms of skilled labour.
“The winner demonstrated an exceptional innovation culture, developing a product that provided a step-change in the approach to tackling a particular challenge”
In addition, the old concrete bag method required mechanical lifting, with soffits provided in metre-long sections – meaning contractors would have to introduce joints or start bonding bricks on site in certain applications.
Realising there was a gap in the market for a lightweight, versatile solution that could be installed by one person and that was produced to a high quality, IG Masonry Support developed the Brick Slip system.
The product features a patented system where the bricks are bonded to steel, which can then be attached to a lightweight structural steel element that is installed on site.
All the installer has to do is drill, fix and fit the system.
The product is highly flexible, with architects already designing new shapes for brick soffits not possible under old installation methods.
So far, the product has produced up to a 90 per cent reduction in installation time, coupled with a 70 per cent reduction in weight.
The Brick Slip division of IG Masonry Support was only launched last year and is now turning over £4m.
In year three, the firm expects revenue to be £10m – remarkably fast growth for a new product.
IG Masonry says the system has already become one of the market leaders, with a number of main contractors and designers using it on a range of high-profile projects.
Our judges said the Brick Slip system provided a “step-change in approach to tackling a particular challenge”, practically solving “a specific onsite problem”.
Dome Technology – iSnag 2
Fhoss Technology – Powered Light Safety Wear
Keylite Roof Windows – Futuretherm Roof Window
Ramtech Electronics – WES+ construction site fire safety systems
Reactec Analytics Platform – Reactec Analytics Platform
Sefaira – Sefaira Architecture
WEB Rigging Services – First Severn Bridge underdeck project
WISA – WISAblock