Pocklington firm behind the first robot-built home

A Pocklington-based company is laying the foundations to revolutionise the housebuilding industry by creating the UK’s first home built by a robot.

Wednesday, 7th October 2020, 10:20 am
Stuart Parkes and David Longbottom, directors of Construction Automation, with the brick-laying robot.

Construction Automation started work on the three-bedroom house in Everingham, a modern property being built from traditional bricks and mortar, earlier this month.

Instead of bricklayers and labourers, the house is being built by Construction Automation’s Automatic Brick Laying Robot (ABLR), an innovative piece of technology that has been four years in development.

In a world first, the robot will lay all the bricks, blocks, and mortar.

Building in this way requires just two people to work on each house – a labourer to load bricks and mortar into the robot and a skilled person to install tie bars, damp courses, and lintels, and to do the pointing.

Construction Automation was formed in May 2016 by entrepreneurs David Longbottom and Stuart Parkes.

Mr Longbottom said: “The house will contain around 10,000 bricks and will take the ABLR about two weeks to build. It is the first house in the UK to be built by a robot, and possibly the first in the world.

“The ABLR comprises of the robot and a sophisticated software control system that reads digitised versions of architect’s plans.

“This instructs the robot exactly where to lay the blocks, bricks and mortar.”

Mr Parkes said the advantages of the ABLR include increased productivity, better quality houses, and improved health and safety on site.