Architectural firm Bryden Wood has suggested that the adoption of standardised, automated, and open-source construction design will help ensure that the government’s productivity and climate change targets will be met for Construction 2025.
Jamie Johnston, board director and head of global systems at Bryden Woods, recently stated at an industry briefing that changing the way we think is the future of the construction industry. He pointed out that it was not about futuristic technologies such as robotics or automated bricklayers: it was about changing the way that things are done.
Mr. Johnston likened the construction industry to the automotive industry, which started mass-producing only 27 years after building the first car.
He said that the same level of repeatability is not found in construction, where there appears to be a huge amount of wasted time and effort due to individual organisations using bespoke systems that are too similar to their competitors. A common approach would move the industry forward more quickly.
He called for the abandonment of the traditional separation in the sector in favour of a united approach.
He said that the traditional view of working in sectors was no longer feasible. Only when everyone worked across sectors with common components that could be used on different building types would the industry attain a scale and repeatability level that would sustain a manufacturing approach. The key was not to work offsite, but rather to create factory conditions on site.