A Construction Company

Full Client Case Study

Tony runs a large construction company in Scotland and regularly takes on highly challenging and complex jobs. Since he became a client, QLC has helped him successfully claim R&D tax relief on a number of his projects where he had to invest in developing innovative solutions.

One such project involved an attempt to develop an improved method of earthworks stabilisation. What might sound like a routine job was anything but. The company had been appointed as Principal Contractor to deliver a project which involved the reprofiling of an existing embankment at a site in Ayrshire. Major problems were encountered because of the gradient of the slope, poor drainage causing earth slippage, and variable ground conditions which meant that if a standard process was used it was likely the houses at the top of the embankment would subside.

This meant that R&D had to be carried out. Eventually, it was decided attempt to support the embankment with a combination of hard-core rock and membrane to allow water to pass through. A system of collecting pipes was put in place after mapping the route of the water through the subsiding ground. The ground was built up slowly – 200 mm at a time and a membrane was inserted with a compaction test carried out every 200 mm.

Simultaneously, the drainage system was being installed on the terraces and water was being taken away as the work progressed on the hill. The work had to be systematic, and a pattern of steps created, recorded and repeated. This was achieved and eventually the process was used to complete the whole area around the properties. It involved the use of 2000 cubic metres of rock and hard-core material. The drainage pipes were plastic – 150 mm in diameter and were laid to create a network around the hill in the required pattern. The water was collected in around 2000 metres of perforated drainage pipe before being drained to the adjacent burn.

Hydro-seeding was also incorporated into the process, with development being carried out to optimise its application. The hydro-seeding involved carrying out some test patches of ground and working to determine the best mix for the gradient and the ground conditions.

The new process was tested extensively by the company to make sure it would work. When the company was confident, the new process was followed and the project was successfully completed. This was the result of investing in R&D and Tony’s company can now use that method at other challenging sites, being confident that it has technical knowledge and capability that other companies don’t have.

The Testimonial

“QLC have helped me claim for R&D tax relief since I became a client in 2020. Since then, I’ve claimed for 3 accounting periods and received corporation tax rebates for each period. I knew that I was entitled to R&D tax relief but wished to use a professional adviser to ensure a smooth and effective application process – and QLC came highly recommended. The process was efficient and well managed, with QLC explaining exactly the sort of work that qualified and also keeping me up to date with any changes at HMRC. Using a specialist company has also meant I can continue focusing on running my company. I would highly recommend their services.”

What is R&D?

Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credits are a government incentive intended to promote R&D in the UK.

A Construction Company

Full Client Case Study

Tony runs a large construction company in Scotland and regularly takes on highly challenging and complex jobs. Since he became a client, QLC has helped him successfully claim R&D tax relief on a number of his projects where he had to invest in developing innovative solutions.

One such project involved an attempt to develop an improved method of earthworks stabilisation. What might sound like a routine job was anything but. The company had been appointed as Principal Contractor to deliver a project which involved the reprofiling of an existing embankment at a site in Ayrshire. Major problems were encountered because of the gradient of the slope, poor drainage causing earth slippage, and variable ground conditions which meant that if a standard process was used it was likely the houses at the top of the embankment would subside.

This meant that R&D had to be carried out. Eventually, it was decided attempt to support the embankment with a combination of hard-core rock and membrane to allow water to pass through. A system of collecting pipes was put in place after mapping the route of the water through the subsiding ground. The ground was built up slowly – 200 mm at a time and a membrane was inserted with a compaction test carried out every 200 mm.

Simultaneously, the drainage system was being installed on the terraces and water was being taken away as the work progressed on the hill. The work had to be systematic, and a pattern of steps created, recorded and repeated. This was achieved and eventually the process was used to complete the whole area around the properties. It involved the use of 2000 cubic metres of rock and hard-core material. The drainage pipes were plastic – 150 mm in diameter and were laid to create a network around the hill in the required pattern. The water was collected in around 2000 metres of perforated drainage pipe before being drained to the adjacent burn.

Hydro-seeding was also incorporated into the process, with development being carried out to optimise its application. The hydro-seeding involved carrying out some test patches of ground and working to determine the best mix for the gradient and the ground conditions.

The new process was tested extensively by the company to make sure it would work. When the company was confident, the new process was followed and the project was successfully completed. This was the result of investing in R&D and Tony’s company can now use that method at other challenging sites, being confident that it has technical knowledge and capability that other companies don’t have.

The Testimonial

“Queen’s Lane Consultants were instrumental in enabling my company, to successfully claim the R&D Tax Credit. We were aware of the initiative before and did not think it applied to companies such as ours. However, they were able to really nail down on the technical aspects of what we did and were very helpful and professional throughout the process. They were also able to relate this to our accounts, taking a lot of the pressure off and allowing us to carry on with our day-to-day operations. I have gone on to introduce Queen’s Lane Consultants to a number of other companies, all of whom have reported a similar experience to myself.”

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