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Strathclyde University student announced as winner in global competition to drive innovation and sustainability in construction sector

Construction Industry Solutions (COINS), a market leader in enterprise software for the construction industry, has revealed a University of Strathclyde student as a winner in its 2017 Grand Challenge.

Mateusz Kotowicz, who is currently studying Civil Engineering, battled stiff competition to win the acclaimed undergraduate prize. The competition aims to attract new people and encourage the wider construction industry to focus on innovation to create a more efficient and sustainable sector.

Mateusz’s winning entry, which was announced on Wednesday 8 February at the Grand Challenge Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony in London, focused on the process of sustainable development in the case of refurbishments in large cities. His idea centred on preserving the fabric of the past while developing sustainable construction technology.

Robert Brown, CEO of COINS, commented: “On behalf of everyone at COINS and our partners and judges in the Grand Challenge, I would like to congratulate Mateusz on his winning entry. We were all very impressed with his creative and innovative idea which I’m sure will help improve the way we do things across the sector.

“At COINS, we take our responsibility to society and the future of the industry very seriously, and it’s that belief that is the driving force behind the Grand Challenge. We hope to see many of the students, start-ups and innovators we have been working with transform the industry over the coming years, and wish them the best of luck in their new ventures.”

Mateusz is one of six winners who were awarded a series of prizes such as paid internships with leading industry players, R&D funding and education grants which have been sponsored by a series of partners including Barratt Developments, Laing O’Rourke and Bouygues UK.

Mateusz said: “The aim of my idea was to show that sustainability can be achieved while preserving the historical value of our buildings, through re-designing old constructions in a sustainable way instead of demolishing them. Being part of the Grand Challenge allowed me to enhance my knowledge and expand my network in the industry, and I have no doubt that by participating I have taken a huge step in my development and career.” 

For further information about the Grand Challenge, a full list of this year’s winners, sponsors and partners, please visit

With offices in six countries, COINS is the market leader in enterprise software for the construction industry, offering cloud and mobile based solutions that help customers manage projects across each stage of the lifecycle.

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