Neil Appleton

Neil Appleton

Market Development: Construction

National Composites Centre (NCC)

Neil steers market development in the construction and infrastructure sectors with the ACCESS team at the NCC.  His academic background of HNC and B.Sc in Civil engineering led to deep experience in the design and construction of both civil engineering structures and buildings.

With over 20 years’ experience in the design and manufacture of composite structures, Neil is an expert in this field. His experience includes offshore engineering, oil and gas, marine, construction, water industry and structural
rehabilitation. Neil has been involved in numerous collaborative innovation projects, influenced industry guides and standards and served three terms as an elected director of Composites UK. Through his work at NCC Neil continues to support the construction sector to exploit the benefits of composites materials.

Getting to know Neil

What can participants expect to take away from your presentation? 

‘The NCC is developing technology to utilise selected waste materials for sound absorption in structures such as acoustic barriers.  The presentation on this early stage work should open minds to the application of composites technologies to enable upcycling and provide an insight into what the NCC can do.’

Looking at the 2019 CompIC programme, aside from your own, who’s presentation are you looking forward to?

‘I am looking forward to the paper on GRP piping failures as this is not a common conference topic and Amiantit is a world leader in the technology.’

What excites you about the future of the use of Composite Materials in the Construction Industry?

‘I find the future of FRP in construction exciting, in some niche areas we are seeing the benefits already being exploited and as external factors such as durability, carbon footprint and construction programme are increasingly valued; there will be a bow-wave of adoption that will challenge the industry and drive innovation.’

What do you like to do in your spare time?

‘I enjoy sailing when I am able to’

Cats or Dogs?

Both.

Speaker sessions:

High Performance and Low Carbon Acoustic Barrier Panel at 13:30 on 10th April 2019