Take a look at how these businesses are changing the structure of the construction

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Strain has been put on every industry this past year, but with resilience and ingenuity, businesses have been able to adapt and thrive.

Shining a spotlight on the remarkable innovations this past year, the LeicestershireLive Innovation Awards on Tuesday, September 14, at the National Space Centre in Leicester will be an inspirational night.

The event’s headline sponsors are De Montfort University, Morningside Pharmaceuticals and University of Leicester; and the associate sponsor is LLEP Business Gateway.

There are 13 awards to be handed out at the grand finale, ranging from manufacturing to medicine, space to school.

The Innovation in Construction finalists have come up with exciting new uses for materials, methods, technology, or project delivery systems. Check out who has been entered by LeicestershireLive readers and shortlisted by judges as the top businesses for innovation in the construction industry.

The finalists are:

Aimrok Holdings

Due to open in Autumn 2021, The Gresham is an iconic Grade II listed Victorian building undergoing a £17 million transformation into a stunning aparthotel. During construction, new owners Aimrok Holdings have kept a strong focus on contributing positively to the environment and giving back to the local community by donating materials in a bid to reduce waste and support small enterprises.

3D Concrete Printing (Loughborough University)

The team’s research on 3D concrete printing – a technology invented at Loughborough Uni – has shaped the international research landscape for large-scale additive manufacturing for construction. The research into these digital manufacturing approaches will be the first steps to seed the development of new design software in the future.

Digital Lighting Solutions

Digital Lighting Solutions is on a mission to help the UK hit its emission targets for 2050 by upgrading lighting to LED. It solves the off-putting costs by offering an up-front solution called “Light as a Service” where it audits, designs, supplies, installs and maintains the lighting for a monthly fee, saving money, CO2 and energy from day one.

De Montfort University

De Montfort University is a resource for the business community, bringing academics, graduates and industry together to support innovation, growth and skills development, focusing on improving digital competence. Its flagship Impacting Business By Design provides funded design support for SMEs to bring new products to market. It has the eighth highest number of start-ups of any UK university.

University of Leicester

University of Leicester delivers inspirational teaching and world-changing research and innovation. It supports innovators and businesses through a range of industry collaborations including the £5.1m Leicester Innovation Hub, making it easy to hire talented graduates and utilise the university’s expertise and facilities. Space Park Leicester is the university’s flagship project to grow the Leicestershire space innovation cluster.

Morningside Pharmaceuticals

Morningside Pharmaceuticals is an award-winning innovator, manufacturer and supplier of high-quality generic medicines and healthcare products to the UK and internationally. It is proud to deliver twice daily to the NHS and be one of the UK’s leading medical suppliers to aid organisations, having exported to more than 120 countries since its inception in 1991.

The 13 categories at this year’s LeicestershireLive Innovation Awards are:

Innovation in Technology Sponsored by De Montfort University

Innovation in Services Sponsored by Furnley House

Digital Innovation of the Year Sponsored by De Montfort University

Innovation in Design

Innovation in Construction

Innovation in Manufacturing and Engineering

Innovation in Education and Training

Medical and Health Innovator of the Year Sponsored by Morningside Pharmaceuticals

Innovation in Schools

Innovation in Space Sponsored by University of Leicester

University Student Innovation

Lifetime Achievement Award Sponsored by University of Leicester

Innovator of the Year Sponsored by University of Leicester

The LeicestershireLive Innovation Awards will be held on Tuesday, September 14 at the National Space Centre in Leicester. Visit www.leicestershireliveinnovationawards.co.uk for more information. #LeicsLiveInnovation21

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