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Research, development and innovation

Our clients need partners that can accelerate innovation to market and create solutions to meet their challenges. To do this, we are investing in our people to discover and implement smart infrastructure solutions that address some of the most pressing challenges society has ever faced.

Bringing the future to life

Costain’s research, development and innovation programme is a structured plan where we are investing in individuals to develop innovation around our clients’ needs. In a collaborative approach, we have created a community of PhDs across leading research organisations, clients and business partners to ensure we are working on meeting our clients’ needs and that ideas come to market through a proven route to deliver maximum impact. The outcome of this programme is delivering significant value through inspiration but also bringing the future to life.

Strategic focus

Tomorrow's transport

To keep up with growing demand and the need for improved connectivity, commitment to transport infrastructure is vital for our economy to thrive.

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Sustainable green energy

Alternative energy sources and advances in digital technology are creating a more competitive and dynamic energy market by providing consumers access to greater choice.

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Intelligent infrastructure

Technology is transforming how we personally live and work, and how businesses can meet ever more demanding challenges. This accelerated trend is dramatically improving the capacity, resilience, efficiency and customer service in many industries.

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Research and development programmes

To ensure we continue to generate thought leadership on key issues, we have increased the number of PhD students we are sponsoring to 24. They are undertaking leading-edge research at renowned universities including Cambridge, Imperial College and Edinburgh.