Glasgow start-up firm recruited to HS2 project

A Glasgow start-up firm is to work on key innovation challenges surrounding the construction of HS2.

Tontine-based tech start-up Hypervine has been selected to join HS2 Ltd’s innovation accelerator programme.

The firm specialises in digitising construction to gain efficiencies and reduce wastage. It is one of only five enterprises chosen from 118 applicants to receive a package of commercial and technical support as they develop their technology to help deliver HS2.

Hypervine’s route onto the accelerator was steered through its app-based technology which helps construction contractors to become more responsive, and recognise where efficiencies can be made to deliver both cost and carbon savings.

The firm was founded in 2018 by Paul Duddy, a Glasgow School of Art alumni. It has been based at the Tontine business space since the start of 2020. Located in Glasgow’s Merchant City, it offers flexible workspaces for businesses in the enabling technology, advanced design and manufacturing, and creative economy sectors. It came as part of the £1.13 billion Glasgow city region deal.

Hypervine founder & CEO Paul Duddy said, “We’re all absolutely delighted to have been chosen to join the HS2 innovation accelerator programme and can’t wait to get started.

“Since basing ourselves at Tontine and being in its vibrant environment with like-minded start-ups, our company has gone from strength to strength. Being accepted on to the HS2 Accelerator programme is yet another significant milestone for Hypervine and is a perfect fit for our technology.”