Rethinking construction: 3 reasons why an end-to-end service is a better way of building
How good are you at spinning plates? Can you manage one, two…maybe even three? Three’s impressive. But can you spin three plates while balancing a bowling pin on your nose and doing keepie uppies with a football?
Unless you moonlight as a Cirque du Soleil performer while managing construction projects at the same time we’re going to hazard a guess and say you probably can’t.
In fact, you probably wouldn’t even try because you know you’re not likely to succeed. Yet, this is exactly what happens on construction projects all the time. Every project is a moving feast. It’s spinning plates, a balancing act, and the juggling of priorities.
And time and time again we see projects delayed, go over budget, or fail to deliver on what they set out to do because plates get dropped.
It doesn’t have to be like this. There’s a better way of building.
Where other industries lead, construction tends to lag behind. From fintech to retail, smarter thinking and a better use of tech are helping people streamline processes and do more with less. However, construction is (for the most part) stuck in the rut of doing things like it’s always done.
Stop a minute and think about your supermarket shop. Since the start of the pandemic, most of us have ordered our weekly food shop online. And how easy is it? You choose what you want, click a few buttons, pick a delivery slot then someone else gets your shopping for you, packs it, and delivers it. It’s simple, effective, efficient, and it makes your life much easier.
This is exactly why we’re rethinking construction and offering an end-to-end service which means your projects are delivered on time, on budget, and to the quality standards you expect.
From design through to supply and install, we work with you every step of the way to make your project a stress-free success. Think minimum effort for maximum results.
We pioneer a new approach to construction by redefining what’s possible. Here are three reasons why an end-to-end service is a better way of building and how they can help you:
1. An integrated design phase
The devil is in the details and the foundations for a successful project are always put down in the design phase.
We listen to what you’re trying to achieve, take your concept and turn it into working structural designs. At every stage of the journey, our design team looks for ways they can help you build faster and reduce your costs all while ensuring quality remains at the level you’d expect.
Value engineering plays a huge role in the process and our team uses their knowledge, experience and expertise of retaining systems and off-site manufacturing to find the best solution for the project.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) can play a big part in this. BIM is a more efficient way of managing, building and working. It combines digital technology, project management, design and architecture, making it easier to build, manage and maintain structures.
BIM software makes it possible to design in 3D and sort out many of the common problems that you find on-site in the design office rather than on a construction site. It enables collaboration between the client, architect, engineer and construction company. The software creates a platform and opportunities for all parts of the construction industry to work together.
BIM software brings together architecture, sustainability, and site trades including – M&E (Mechanical and Electrical), Civil Engineering, Quantity Surveying and Site Management.
By having all the elements of a structure in one piece of software (and making it available as one cloud-based drawing) it allows the managers from all trades to visualise the project and collaborate in real-time.
Integrating all the trades’ drawings into one model makes things like clash detection easy so that any potential issues are identified and fixed before construction starts. This clash detection and fault tracking features save time and avoid the delays and frustrations of having to re-do work during the construction phase of the project.
In short, our design team can provide as much engineering help as you need, you can even appoint us as your project engineer. Just let us know what you need, and we’ll tell you the best way to manage the structural design.
2. A better, more sustainable way of building
We champion the benefits of building with precast because it’s such an effective way of getting things done quickly and to the highest standards.
The versatility of precast concrete makes it the perfect choice for a huge range of projects. From flood and coastal defences through to salt barns and storage bays, we’re here to help you find the perfect precast product for your project.
Our design team will have all of this in mind when they are scoping out your project so every stage of the journey is made simple and hassle free. There’s nothing worse than certain materials or products being specified in a technical drawing only to find they are impossible to get hold of or have exasperatingly long lead times.
The benefits don’t stop there. Across our product range, we combine sustainability with off-site manufacturing to improve productivity, quality, and cost-efficiency.
Let’s take a look at off-site manufacturing. If, for example, you have to build retaining walls on-site you’re going to need more hands on deck, it can be weather dependent, and – as a rule of thumb – you’re reliant on a whole range of factors that are out of your control. Even with the best planning and preparation in the world, the risk of something going wrong remains high.
Off-site manufacturing significantly reduces this risk.
It reduces construction time, allows for better quality control, increases sit labour productivity, and results in less waste. Precasting or prefabricating parts off-site for a construction project will reduce the size of your site teams and make them more productive. It helps you be more cost-efficient, profitable and sustainable.
And, when it comes to sustainability, we’re pushing boundaries.
Whether it’s our low-carbon concrete mix, self-healing precast products or nature based solutions, building sustainably doesn’t have to cost the earth. As well as being the future of construction, low-carbon products can improve the performance of precast structures, increase their resilience to chemicals, fire and water, and help create smarter, climate-resilient structures that require minimal to zero maintenance, either eliminating or significantly reducing maintenance costs.
3. Fast and efficient construction
The benefits of having an end-to-end service means actual construction becomes much simpler and faster.
By thinking, working, and building smarter, projects can be finished in record time and come in under budget. Let’s be clear, this isn’t reinventing the wheel, it’s simply a case of looking at things differently and making productivity and efficiency the priorities.
Take plant and site equipment as an example. Technology has come on leaps and bounds over the last decade and, as a result, site equipment has become more multifunctional meaning you can do more with less. Not only is it more efficient, it improves site safety as there’s less heavy plant moving about on site.
A lorry loader or Hiab is a perfect example of this. Building materials – like precast retaining walls, can be loaded onto a trailer at a factory and delivered to site. Rather than needing a crane or a second vehicle on-site to unload the lorry and an additional team to install the sections, the vehicle-mounted crane can easily lift and move the products into position.
Using our vehicle-mounted crane with a hydraulic grab, we can pinch, lift and rotate each section off the back of the lorry and place it into position in minutes. This method of installation requires only the driver/crane operator and an additional one-two team members on the ground to give direction and help with placement. This method of installation is swift, with up to 100m of retaining wall being installed by a three-person team in one day.
In fact, modular construction is, on average, 50% quicker than traditional construction.There’s far less waste too!
By having your design, supply, and installation all taken care of – and all under one roof – you’ll turbocharge your construction, you’ll build better and, ultimately, you’ll see better end results and be running a more profitable business.
If you like the sound of this and want to find out more, we’d love to talk to you. Simply get in touch, let us know what we can do, and we’ll take care of the rest…so you don’t need to practice juggling anymore.