The construction sector fared badly in the recent recession and typically has been viewed as an industry with low levels of innovation. However, with a growing population in the UK and increasing concern about the environment, it is a potential source of technological developments in the form of green and sustainable construction; improving energy efficiency of building materials; and off-site modular construction to reduce costs and delivery time. Engineering in the UK falls into two categories – innovative high-technology and low value-added manufacturing. In the former, they use high level of design to produce technologically complex products and processes, and as such, there is an obvious argument to claim R&D tax credit. In the latter, there is a constant demand to develop processes and products at reduced costs and increased throughput and this potential leads to eligible R&D activities.
Examples of eligible R&D activities:
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