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Innovation and research

Infrastructure is facing enormous change. To achieve the best possible solutions and make infrastructure fit for a better future, we collaborate more closely than ever with clients, partners, communities and wider industry.

Strategic focus

Bringing the future to life through innovation

Costain is one of the first to achieve the BSI Kitemark for innovation. We worked in partnership with BSI, the business improvement company, to help design and pilot the new global certification scheme for innovation. Innovation is core to our work, our people and our business. It defines what we do and how we serve our clients and society, and helps us leave a legacy of better, greener and digitally optimised infrastructure that improves people’s lives.

Research programmes

We generate impact directly from research to our client projects through strategic relationships with key universities, supporting targeted research projects, and through developing and using our PhD community. We currently sponsor 14 PhD researchers and support projects at world-leading universities, such as University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, UCL and Cardiff University.

Latest news

Costain awarded funding for innovative hydrogen project
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New study shows nationwide Electric Road System likely the lowest-carbon option for UK freight sector
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Costain to play major part in making road maintenance schemes more sustainable
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