New technologies pioneered by Sheffield Hallam University - and used on structures such as Battersea Power Station - have helped it secure a prestigious title.
Hallam has been named one of the top five modern universities for research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
Work began in the university’s centre for infrastructure management more than 20 years ago and the most recent project tests and maintains huge structures like bridges and roads.
Professor Pal Mangat and colleagues have developed expertise in concrete materials and their deterioration, repair and maintenance.
New technologies and software are now used on the UK’s motorway network, Battersea Power Station and the Severn Bridge among other structures.
Professor Mangat said: “I am delighted that work commenced by myself more than 20 years ago has been judged as so impactful. We continue to build relationships at a local and international level with a team of dedicated engineers and researchers.”
The Sheffield Hallam team is now leading a new area of research using cutting-edge small scale technologies that can be used on building panels and mortars for low-energy building maintenance.