R&D Tax Relief in Civil Engineering

30th July 2020

Research and Development in Civil Engineering can often by overlooked and seen as a day-to-day business activity – but the sector is full of innovation, often making the work performed eligible for R&D Tax Credits.

We look at the world around us and we see the incredible results of Civil Engineering. Civil Engineers not only design beautiful structures, they’re also responsible for the essential infrastructure we rely on daily such as:

  • Roads
  • Railways
  • Bridges
  • Buildings
  • Energy, waste and water systems

Innovation in Civil Engineering can be inspired by the existing surroundings and infrastructure in place – new procedures and processes can be designed to allow a bridge to be built in a challenging environment or a structure to be built in an existing cityscape. In addition, Civil Engineers are innovating as they adapt and implement new systems to tackle current global challenges such as the increasing population and climate change.

Eligible Activities

To better understand what Civil Engineering activities can be included in an R&D Tax Credit claim, here’s a non-exhaustive list of eligible R&D in the sector:

  • Innovative construction/delivery methodologies (new or unique approach).
  • The application or development of new technologies (tools, machinery, materials etc.)
  • The development of a bespoke engineering solution to a real-world problem that wasn’t ‘off the shelf’.
  • The development of bespoke software/data analytics/monitoring systems.
  • The adaption of technologies from other industries.

If your staff do something significantly differently to how it was done before and there are technical uncertainties as to whether it will be successful which are mitigated by your work, there is a good likelihood you are doing eligible R&D. In the case of SME claims, R&D work carried out by subcontractors under your instruction can also be claimed.

Making a Claim

Using Swift R&D to make your claim allows you to build a well-evidenced and maximised claim to HMRC. We have a team of expert Consultants from a variety of different scientific, engineering, and technical backgrounds with high levels of industry experience to guide you through the simple 5-step claim process.

Their knowledge and deep understanding of the R&D Tax legislation allows our Consultants to immerse themselves in your projects to fully understand your technology and identify all of your eligible R&D expenditure.

Get in Touch

The team would love to hear from you if you’d like to discuss making an R&D Tax Credits claim for your work in Civil Engineering.

Our online R&D Tax Credit Calculator is a great place to start if you’d like to work out how much your claim could be worth. If you’d prefer to speak to a human being, you can either get in touch.

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