Large Structures Cluster Group

The Group reports into the Composites Leadership Forum. It forms a link with the Composites UK Construction Sector Group

The Group will facilitate DIVERSIFICATION of UK technology capability and supply chain capacity to take advantage of the future opportunity in the low volume, structural manufacturing sector. Regulations, codes and standards play a key role for this area.

This includes but is not limited to:

Rail rolling stock – weight reduction could improve speed, economic and environmental benefits and large projects such as Crossrail, Thameslink, HS2, HS3 and London Underground provide opportunities.

Construction – investment in infrastructure (e.g. modular and custom bridges) and the challenge to deliver affordable housing present huge opportunities to increase the application of composites.

Oil and gas – recognition of the need to innovate, driven by extreme engineering challenges of extracting oil from deep water

James Henderson, Atkins Ltd