The construction industry in the UK is generally conservative and risk averse. This encourages designers and contractors to work with tried and tested materials which they know will do the job. The current palette of materials considered in practice is consequently relatively limited, and does not usually include the full range of commercially available materials and material systems which might result in ‘better’ solutions.
To help overcome this challenge, we are funding an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) on increasing the use of unconventional materials in the built environment in partnership with our sister company Expedition, the UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering and the UCL Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience.
The research is being undertaken by Kell Jones, who will spend about 75% of his time working directly with Useful Projects and Expedition over the four-year research programme.
This is an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded research project.