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Construction can be an unpredictable industry because of delays in project completion, dangers involved in the work, changes in material costs, and unforeseen difficulties. Research and development in construction are actively helping the industry breakthrough from its current challenges head-on; every R&D project attempts to solve uncertainty in some way. With innovative creative solutions, R&D is actively improving safety for construction workers, preventing the wastage of materials, creating cost-effective opportunities, and improving quality with new techniques causing longer lifespans of buildings.


Qualifying at a Glance

See the examples below as to where R&D activities may take place within the construction space.

  • Research into energy-efficient building solutions – Using green building technologies, renewable energy integration, and sustainable construction practices to achieve reduced environmental impact.
  • Innovating health and safety  Improving construction site safety through the development of wearable technologies, safety equipment, and monitoring systems.
  • Utilising smart construction and IoT integration Innovating construction methods that incorporate Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensors for real-time monitoring, predictive maintenance, and improved project management.
  • Enhancing acoustic and thermal insulation solutions Providing better indoor environments and energy efficiency.
  • Sustainable water management: Researching solutions for efficient water usage and recycling in construction projects, promoting water conservation. 
  • Improving the strength of buildings – Developing structures that can withstand natural disasters, and enhancing building resilience and safety.
  • Exploring automation and robotics – Transforming tasks such as bricklaying, concrete pouring, and material handling to increase productivity and reduce manual labour.
  • Implementing Building Information Modelling (BIM) Implementing and advancing BIM technologies to improve project visualisation, collaboration, and coordination among construction teams.

You are in a strong position to qualify for R&D claims if you have:

Created something new
Designed a different process
Improved an existing product in an appreciable way

Ask Yourself

  • Did you conduct R&D activities to develop new products, processes, or services or to improve existing ones?
  • Did the R&D activities involve the resolution of technical uncertainties or challenges that could not be solved by using existing knowledge?
  • Did your products or services require extensive trial and testing throughout the creation process?

If you are answering yes, you may qualify to claim back up to 33.4% of eligible R&D expenditure through HMRC’s R&D Tax Relief Initiative. Contact one of our R&D tax credit specialists to seek further advice on how to proceed with your R&D claim.

The claim process

We understand the complications that can often arise when completing an R&D claim, not to mention the significant amount of time it can consume, diverting your attention from driving your innovation forward. That's why we have streamlined a transparent and hassle-free process that follows a step-by-step approach from start to finish.

Throughout your R&D claim process, we maintain open lines of communication tailored to your preferences. Once we have compiled comprehensive technical and financial reports, we take the responsibility of submitting them and proactively follow up with HMRC, leading the communication on your behalf. Often, our next contact with you brings the exhilarating news of success and positive outcomes.

Step 1

We'll gain your authorisation via our client instruction form/NDA. This will enable us to discuss your R&D activities along with your current tax position.


Step 2

We'll analyse the profit & loss (P&L) statement of the business while facilitating your technical call. This step aims to determine whether your case is feasible from both technical and financial perspectives.


Step 3

Once our experts are confident that your case meets the R&D eligibility criteria, we will then gather all the required technical information and financial documentation according to HMRC's standards to support your case.


Step 4

At this stage, we initiate a stringent compliance procedure that we have developed in-house to audit your R&D claim application. We verify whether it meets the defined standards before submitting it to HMRC to ensure a positive outcome.


Step 5

After conducting a comprehensive review of your R&D claim, including all required documentation, the application will be forwarded to HMRC for further processing.


Step 6

Our team maintains continuous contact with HMRC regarding your case. If any queries arise, we address them on your behalf using a highly systematic approach to maximise your outcome while minimising any delays in your repayment.


Get Started

Our hassle-free and streamlined process is waiting for you to get started and to make you feel confident throughout your R&D claim application.
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