How You Qualify.

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Architecture

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Architecture is an industry which is increasingly recognising its eligibility for R&D Tax Credits. The creation of a building requires numerous iterations, with modification to concepts being an integral part of architectural work. This iterative development to resolve scientific or technological uncertainty is at the heart of why architectural firms should be claiming R&D Tax Credits.

Qualifying Activities:

  • Carrying out or commissioning feasibility studies.
  • Developing designs, processes or systems to make them more resource efficient (in terms of time, cost, labour and/or material).
  • Creating designs which maximise space and user flow.
  • Seeking sustainable certification on projects, such as BREEAM, Passivhaus or LEED.
  • Using sustainable materials such as timber or recycled materials.
  • Improving the performance of buildings, either thermal or acoustic.
  • Trying to incorporate new design processes, such as the use of 3D modelling.
  • Creating designs for challenging environments – for example basement excavations, where flooding is a risk or where there are other constraints.
  • Using existing materials, design processes or construction techniques but in a new or novel way.
  • Working on listed or historic buildings.

A conversation with QLC will allow us to explain in greater detail how the following activities relate to your business and the key government guidelines and regulations.

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Modern house that was designed by a great architect.

Structural Engineering​

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Structural engineers regularly carry out work which requires R&D activity. Whenever a structural engineer creates designs to resolve a technological uncertainty, they have performed R&D. This may be where ground conditions are not ideal, or where there is limited space which will potentially reduce the integrity of a structure. Below are some further activities which typically enable structural engineers to claim R&D Tax Credits:

Qualifying Activities:

  • Carrying out feasibility studies.
  • Creating structural designs which have to take into account complex architectural drawings.
  • Designing structures on poor or uneven ground conditions.
  • Creating structural designs within constrained or challenging spaces.
  • Improving the structural integrity of existing buildings.

A conversation with QLC will allow us to explain in greater detail how the following activities relate to your business and the key government guidelines and regulations.

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Structural engineering blue print of a building.
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Construction​

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Construction is an industry currently significantly underclaiming when it comes to the R&D Tax Credits. There is a common misconception within the construction industry that R&D only relates to those in laboratories or those creating designs. However, construction companies are constantly having to overcome technological uncertainty, and this is one of the main activities that qualify as R&D.

Qualifying Activities:

  • Solving technical problems on site.
  • Creating or experimenting with new materials.
  • Making construction more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
  • Attempting to make construction processes safer and more efficient.
  • Creating constructions in challenging sites – for instance brownfield, where flooding is a risk or where significant dewatering is required.

A conversation with QLC will allow us to explain in greater detail how the following activities relate to your business and the key government guidelines and regulations.

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Building construction.
Men on construction project.

Plastics Production​

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Plastics production covers a wide range of sectors. Injection moulding, blow moulding and similar sectors all have elements of their work which will qualify as R&D. Identifying these areas can be challenging, which is why QLC is able to examine our clients’ work to discover all qualifying activities.

Qualifying Activities:

  • Producing new products or components for which no designs or tooling exist.
  • Improving the performance of existing products or components.
  • Making manufacturing processes more efficient.
  • Seeking to improve the efficiency and environmental impact of production.
  • Reducing cycle times.
  • Trying to use new or unusual materials, even if this is done using the same manufacturing methods.
  • Utilising modern software or technology.
  • Programming existing software or technology to perform a new task.

A conversation with QLC will allow us to explain in greater detail how the following activities relate to your business and the key government guidelines and regulations.

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Plastic production factory, thousands of plastic bottles in a factory.
Plastic production factory.

Furniture Design and Manufacture​

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Furniture designers and manufacturers are often unaware they can qualify for the R&D Tax Credits. However, there are a number of areas where the work carried out by such companies requires R&D to realise their project objectives. Indeed, even if project objectives fail, R&D will still have been carried out.

Qualifying Activities:

  • Attempting to create complex furniture products for which there is no immediately available solution.
  • Designing and developing new and or improved products.
  • Creating prototypes.
  • Testing for reliability or durability.
  • Experimenting with unusual materials.
  • Adapting standard manufacturing methods.
  • Creating production efficiencies – for instance reducing labour costs, lead times, optimising material flow etc.
  • Reducing the carbon footprint of manufacturing processes.
  • Utilising modern design software, for example 3D modelling.
  • Trialling or using new coating materials and systems.
  • Researching rigidity, weight, different types of adhesives.
  • Improving resistance to fire, heat, water damage etc.

A conversation with QLC will allow us to explain in greater detail how the following activities relate to your business and the key government guidelines and regulations.

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Modern office with contemporary furniture.

Other Industries

This list is not exhaustive. For further information please call us at Queen’s Lane Consultants and we will discuss the type of work carried out by your company and how it may qualify for the R&D Tax Credit.

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