D-Drill's D-Kerb is highly commended at industry awards
A machine invented by D-Drill managing director, Julie White, has been highly-commended at an industry awards ceremony.
Julie, a former businesswoman of the year, came up with the idea for the D-Kerb when the company was asked to cut kerbs to 45 degrees in-situ.
When she scoured the international markets for the machine to do the job and nothing materialised, Julie and her father, Peter, designed, developed and created the D-Kerb.
It has already worked on range of projects – including an early phase of the Cycle Superhighway in London – and its early successes were recognised at the Construction News Specialist Awards 2016.
The company was highly commended in the innovation category at the ceremony in London that brought together hundreds of people within the construction industry.
The judges commented: “This was a confident, illuminating presentation that clearly demonstrated the innovation’s journey from conception to delivery. It also addressed the judging criteria across the board.
“Judges noted that D-Drill has developed a focus on innovation after previously searching for a solution globally. Further demonstrating their commitment to innovation and returning with the impact of the Kerb Cutting machine at future awards will make them a contender once again.”
Julie said: “We are delighted to receive such recognition from the industry. The D-Kerb machine is really still in its infancy but the interest in its ability to cut kerbs in-situ to 45 degrees is phenomenal.
“The cost, time and environmental savings it will deliver because we can do everything in-situ are huge.
“To take this from an initial enquiry, to designing and producing a machine, to getting it passed by Highways and Transport for London and then to be contracting with the machine all in less than two years is a real achievement.
“Ultimately, I am just very proud that a machine invented by my dad and me is making a real difference to the industry and that Construction News felt it needed to be commended in this way.”