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R&D incentives for Construction and Civil Engineering

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The construction and civil engineering sector is vast and encompasses a number of highly skilled and specialised sub-sectors, many of which are undertaking innovative work every single day. We work with clients who finding clever solutions to tricky problems. Those solutions are more often than not eligible for UK R&D tax relief.

We’re construction and civil engineering experts who really understand your business

We’re not just tax & accounting professionals…we have teams of construction and civil engineering specialists who have worked in the sector and they truly understand your business. They can have peer to peer conversations with your team to understand your projects to identify all eligible expenditure for your R&D tax claims.

Ayming UK has a thorough grasp and full understanding of construction methodologies and engineering challenges combined with the technical tax and accounting knowledge to deliver comprehensive results
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What counts as R&D?

If your business is involved with any of the following areas then, if you’re not already claiming R&D tax relief, it’s likely you should be. We have clients who already are.


  • Advances in engineering to develop new or unique materials and combinations of materials
  • Use of automation to speed up construction times and lower costs
  • Design & build of specialist machines or the modification of existing equipment
  • Creating, improving or adapting existing construction methods, materials and design for projects, e.g. extreme temperatures and environmental conditions, combining known material types to achieve a unique composite product, achieving above normal tolerances, completing projects with ‘out of sequence’ working methods due to accessibility or site-specific requirements

Transport & Urban Infrastructure

  • Improved infrastructure design of transportation, water, sewer and storm water networks
  • Water storage and pump station design
  • Bulk earthworks design improving cut fill quantities, site drainage and material selection methods
  • Development of sustainable drainage solutions e.g. green space design, retention and detention facilities or permeable paving solutions
  • Replacement of old pipe infrastructure using new methods e.g. Pipe Cracking, Cured In Place Pipe (CIPP), lining of existing pipes or improved Horizontal drilling methods for pipe replacement

Marine & Coastal

  • Improved pile design and/or installation methodology required to support offshore structures
  • Unique harbour/break water design
  • Development or improvement of subsea installation methodologies to overcome site-specific challenges


  • Advances in geotechnical investigation or treatment of ground contamination and land reclamation
  • Advances in structural groundworks, e.g. piling, retaining systems or tunnelling methods, constructing in difficult sites or ground conditions requiring adaptation to standard construction methods

Environmental & Sustainability

  • Development of improved utility services for residential and commercial properties to reduce carbon emissions
  • Integration of renewable energy systems into standard building design
  • Development of low carbon impact materials for building construction


  • Unique infrastructure design
  • Optimisation of structural design to reduce amount of materials
  • Software developments to optimise dynamic analysis

Demolition & Waste Management

  • Recycling of building rubble and waste to create new products with higher performance or to reduce costs
  • Optimisation of demolition process to enable the use of smaller machines to reduce the props required to support the structures
  • Extensive modification to equipment to overcome issues related to project specifications or site environment
  • Design of renewable energy infrastructure for industrial and commercial end users

Utility Services

  • Improved biomass fuel handling and storage facility design & construction at processing plants and power stations
  • Improving overhead line design or construction (e.g. new pylon design, improved construction methods or new material incorporation)

Why choose Ayming?

  • We’ll optimise your claim value, having increased clients’ historic claims by as much as 6 times
  • We’ll do the legwork and streamline your processes to ensure minimum impact on your team’s time and resources
  • We’ll ensure that your claims are low-risk and robust, safeguarding against any enquiries from HMRC
  • We’ve claimed over £300m of R&D tax credits for our UK clients to date
  • We have a specialist construction & civil engineering team which understands your business to identify qualifying projects
  • We have a 100% claim acceptance rate, with a claim value acceptance rate of over 98%
  • Over 15,000 R&D projects analysed worldwide every year