R&D in Architecture

Here’s why clients in this sector must consider their R&D tax relief opportunity.

At YesTax we have been busy securing valuable Research and Development (R&D) tax credits for clients in this sector and we wanted to share, why, if you’re in the industry, R&D tax relief should be high on your priorities. Activities which seem like typical day-to-day challenges are attracting substantial tax incentives and we don’t want you to miss out.

Energy efficiency, recyclability and restoration are just a few of the drivers (and key R&D instigators) which influence today’s modern architecture. The requirement for sustainability, and modernisation as opposed to demolition and new build, presents a double challenge for architects; since the recycling of space implies not only conservation and renovation work, but also the requirement to add new value and adapt to contemporary needs within the constraints of an existing footprint, we’re witnessing more and more innovative development. Often, the study of material performance; unusual or different materials or a combination of materials applied in a different way, provokes the need for innovative design and as a result, prompts technical uncertainty.

R&D rewards companies that are making appreciable improvements in design solutions and overcoming technological uncertainties. Where you are developing a unique design solution involving technical challenges, not easily resolved, there is often qualifying R&D activity taking place. Attempting multifaceted solutions; working to demanding customer specifications, achieving functional requirements, identifying design constraints whilst in compliance with regulations, restrictive site parameters and the constraints of a tight commercial budget, naturally requires the consideration of many different variable factors in attempting to achieve an improved end solution. This is where R&D is often triggered and is why it’s critical to explore your potential and scope to claim R&D tax relief.

Below is the subject of some of the claims we have been doing;

  • Developing architectural designs and construction techniques to satisfy new legislation regarding noise, vibration and earthquake resistance requirements.
  • Developing and designing site features and orientations.
  • Developing new and innovative designs for structures that wouldn’t usually be designed in a particular material.
  • Designing and analysing structural performance.
  • Evaluating alternative subcomponents, methods, and materials for use in designs.
  • Designing and developing new and energy-efficient systems and structures.
  • Developing new infrastructure projects, such as bridges, dams, subsurface tunnels, and rail systems.
  • Developing new or improved wastewater treatment facilities, pump stations, or other water supply facilities.
  • Analysing soil and subterranean conditions, drainage design, foundation design, and other related features.

Sound familiar? Whether you are making a claim or not, there isn’t a question we can’t answer about this sector. If you would like us to undertake a complimentary review to ensure that you are maximising this opportunity, please get in touch.

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