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Keltbray hires Michael Pelken to drive innovation

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Keltbray Group has become the latest contractor to create a new role to drive innovation.

The demolition specialist has appointed Michael Pelken as innovation and research & development director to capture, harness and promote research and development across the Group.

“Based on his track record in award-winning patent development in design, architecture, engineering, and construction, we are confident Michael can help us build on and further develop our innovative and competitive edge both internally and externally,” said Keltbray Group CEO Brendan Kerr.

“To help future proof our business and deliver our goals for growth, it is key to keep abreast of future trends and be at the cutting edge of these. We believe Michael is well placed to build on our innovation achievements to date and identify and drive future research opportunities to ensure we keep evolving as a business,” Kerr continued.

Pelken has extensive experience working on projects ranging from industrial design to large-scale architectural structures and has practiced in Germany, Italy, the UK, US and China.

His work has been widely published and exhibited, and he is a sought-after keynote speaker both in the UK and abroad.

He will be combining his work at Keltbray with his responsibilities as a partner of London-based P+ Studio, visiting professor at Nanjing University and Southeast University and will continue his academic research at Cambridge University.

“I am passionate about interdisciplinary collaboration and very much look forward to working with Keltbray to ensure we maximise our opportunities for future growth and development through research and innovation, and by ensuring we develop a creative culture, where innovative ideas are valued, nurtured and implemented to facilitate change for the better,” said Pelken.

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“Based on his track record in award-winning patent development in design, architecture, engineering, and construction, we are confident Michael can help us build on and further develop our innovative and competitive edge both internally and externally,” – Brendan Kerr, CEO, Keltbray