Baxall Construction Tax Relief Case Study

Baxall Construction Tax Relief Case Study

Baxall Construction are the subject of a recent case study, with their research and development (R&D) work which has resulted in successful tax relief claims.

In 2014 and 2015, Baxall Construction worked on three projects which all had sector issues or problems to overcome. R&D undertaken on these projects ranged from solutions to overcome harsh conditions including self-cleaning glass to a bespoke shuttering system to prevent sand from entering the foundations during the dig.

Sector Issues/ Problems to Overcome

  • Coastal Construction

    Property locations presented access difficulties, public safety issues and limited storage/ welfare facilities. Ground conditions involved sand and proximity to the sea. There was also a range of adverse weather conditions to contend with.

  • Sussex Cluster Framework Schools

    There was an opportunity for huge environmental gains by tackling carbon emissions. In addition, off-site construction offers many benefits in speed, safety and cost.

  • St. George’s

    Ensuring the safety of students in an open site. Accommodating the needs of the school and limiting disruption. Lack of space for equipment and parking presented difficulties, while sustainability and speed of construction were also priorities.

  • Eaton house

    An open site meant many precautions to ensure the safety of students. Logistical challenges involving location of new build kitchen had to be accommodated. Lack of vehicular access and poor ground condition posed challenges. Timescales and sustainability targets needed to be met.

  • BIM and MMC

    Meeting government targets for lower costs, reduced emissions and faster delivery through BIM.

Research & Development Undertaken

  • Coastal Construction

    Construction of a bespoke trackway linking the site to the nearest access road. Harsh conditions were overcome through solutions including self-cleaning glass, foam sealing windows and door perimeters and a bespoke shuttering system to prevent sand entering the foundations during the dig. Given the environment, a full waterproof system was included under the houses, and a waterproof system was included under the houses, and a waterproof membrane fitted to ensure they remained weathertight.

  • Sussex Cluster Framework Schools

    Alternative site logistics had to be considered and several amendments were made to the STREIF system standard product.

  • St. George’s

    To meet the exacting requirements of the project, an off-site solution was proposed. Strict guidelines were developed for a new supplier to guarantee the necessary quality. Several alternative techniques were trialed and materials examined.

  • Eaton House

    The safest methods were determined for the removal and replacement of the original 1940s timber structures. A temporary kitchen involving 11 portacabins was devised and built to minimise disruption. Significant work was put into an innovative “sky playground” above the portacabins as a protected outdoor space for students. All equipment needed to be childproofed, and a number of measures were developed to ensure that the construction didn’t interfere with the efficient and safe running of the school.

  • BIM and MMC

    Baxall worked to increase its understanding and implementation of BIM and MMC, leading to significant benefits for all its projects going forward. Improvements have included improved design options, material choices and processes.

Read the case study here

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