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R&D activities in construction.

Construction companies throughout the UK and Ireland are developing bespoke designs and processes that can overcome the numerous complex difficulties they face on projects.

The sector and the various trades and practices within it has changed dramatically in the past decade due to continual technological advancement and innovation. The sector as a whole however underclaims on the R&D tax relief available, perhaps largely due to a misconception that innovation does not take place on a building site.

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Construction companies are overcoming technical challenges on projects every day. The sector is constantly demanding innovation.

Paul Gormley

Senior Quantity Surveyor - Technical Director

What types of activities qualify then?

Qualifying activities are wide-ranging but will depend on a number of factors, such as the level of technical uncertainty, the level of design input and responsibility, and the level of risk.

However, in all cases, there should be an advancement of knowledge or capability in the sector.

This will often occur in one-off projects where there is no existing blueprint to work from, subsequently increasing uncertainty and the likelihood of complications.

Some examples of qualifying activity are outlined below:

  • Inspired Corporate Advisory Designing and integrating modular features into a fixed core or existing building.
  • Inspired Corporate Advisory Designing a bespoke model for enhancing existing utilities infrastructure to avoid full system replacement.
  • Inspired Corporate Advisory Overcoming access difficulties to undertake structural reinforcement.
  • Inspired Corporate Advisory Designing a unique process to carry-out restorative or corrective works whilst overcoming access issues and/or avoiding damage of an existing structure.
  • Inspired Corporate Advisory Designing and developing temporary features into a project that will be replaced at a later point in the project.

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Eugene O’Neill FCA CTA

Managing Partner

Eugene is a highly experienced R&D tax credit and Capital Allowances specialist, having led tax incentives teams within two multi-national practices prior to establishing the Inspired team.

A Chartered Tax Adviser and Chartered Accountant, Eugene places paramount importance on developing in-depth knowledge of his client’s businesses and operational activity, which places clients in the best position to identify and claim against qualifying R&D activity

Michael Heinicke FCA CTA


At Inspired Corporate Advisory, Michael is the Director with responsibility for tax technical knowledge and innovation.  He works to develop strategic client and partner relationships to innovate how Inspired deliver maximum value to all stakeholders.  Michael also provides guidance across functions to optimise the way in which services are delivered.    

Prior to joining the team, Michael spent 18 years in PwC across Manchester and Belfast and was most recently a Tax Director leading the Innovation & Capital Incentives practice within Northern Ireland. Michael also previously led PwC’s Corporate Tax business in Northern Ireland between 2015 and 2018.

Colm Cavavagh ACA


Through both industry and sporting circles, Colm has amassed an extensive network of clients, collaborators and contacts which has been maintained and grown with his excellent relationship management skills.

Colm is a trusted advisor to many clients and peers. Colm is a Chartered Accountant with both practice and industry experience, and has vast experience in R&D tax credits, both from a practice and company perspective, giving him an insight into both best-practice and the needs and concerns of clients.

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