Morgan Tucker, the Nottinghamshire-based consulting engineers has received £10,000 innovation support funding (ISF) to design and develop a new modular solution for constructing foundations.
The funding was awarded by the Sustainable Construction iNet (iNet), the East Midlands-wide organisation, which identifies and assists businesses developing innovative techniques for use in construction. The funding meant Morgan Tucker could undertake the research and development (R&D) project, employ a new member of staff and safeguard the current team.
Morgan Tucker utilised the ISF to develop a modular system which helps remove some of the technical unknowns relating to working underground, which can be a very costly and time consuming part of any build programme. The company identified that a modular system would not only save construction firms time and money but also reduce the carbon impact of unnecessary excavation work and subsequent onsite traffic.
“The iNet funding has given the whole company a renewed confidence and allowed us to allocate resources to the R&D project. Innovation requires a helping hand and iNet was able to help us develop the idea and talk to potential manufacturers and end users”, said Matthew Tucker, managing director, Morgan Tucker.
Barrie Billinghay, innovation advisor, iNet added: “Matthew and his colleagues at Morgan Tucker are an inspiration to innovators and it’s encouraging to see a busy practice investing in innovation and R&D.”
iNet assists small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) involved in sustainable construction to develop innovative construction products and services that will help the construction industry reduce its CO2 impact. Having assisted over 100 businesses since its inception in 2008, iNet is in a strong position to offer funding, business advice or networking opportunities for SMEs in the East Midlands.
iNet is based at the iCon Centre in Daventry, a purpose-built business hub featuring best-practice design with sustainability. Interested parties should contact the iNet on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01327 304800.