D-Drill will be going for glory later this month after its new machine made the cut in a major industry awards ceremony.CN SPECIALIST AWARDS LOGO FINALIST PURPLE

The company has been shortlisted in the innovation category at the Construction News Specialist Awards, which will take place at the London Hilton on February 24.

D-Drill’s new D-Kerb machine was put forward in the category after it was invented by managing director Julie White to solve a problem with cutting kerbs at a 45 degree angle.

The company was originally approached to cut the kerbs in-situ and scoured the world markets to find the machine to do the job. When nothing could be found, Julie came up with the idea of the D-Kerb.

It has since been utilised on a range of projects including the Cycle SuperHighway in London – to help cut down on cycling injuries and to have less impact on cost and the environment than changing each kerbstone – as well as outside the Café Royale in Central London where car owners were damaging their vehicles on kerbs until D-Drill cut them to 45 degrees.

Julie White, managing director of D-Drill, said: “We are thrilled to be shortlisted for a Specialist Award, especially as it is for innovation because we have always been a company that has embraced new technology and will look for a solution to a problem. We are proud to be associated with these awards and look forward to a great night.”