Mace introduces new method to transform construction

WCN Editorial Team 6 Dec 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK-based construction company Mace has introduced High Rise Solutions (HRS), an advanced construction method that could transform the way construction is carried out.

The company said that the new system combines the latest advances in digital technology with a new offsite manufacturing approach to construct buildings faster, safer and with higher quality.

Mace claims that the new system can reduce the design and construction programmes by up to 25%, vehicle movements by 40% and waste by up to 70%. This will ensure that clients can reduce their finance cost and homes can be delivered quickly and with little disruption to local communities.

HRS is based on its ‘Jump Factory’ and the company has worked with Australian firm Hickory to adapt its building system for construction in the UK.

With parametric modelling tools and artificial intelligence, HRS can draw from a catalogue of components to design and manufacture the structure and façade sub-assemblies offsite.

Six activities are being converted into assembly process by installing modules concurrently with bathroom pods, utility cupboards and MEP service modules, to reduce programme times and improve productivity up to six times compared to current industry standards.

Mace CEO Mark Reynolds said: “The launch of Mace Tech marks an important milestone, not only for Mace but for the industry; unless we radically rethink how we build, we will never be able to deliver the housing and infrastructure that is desperately needed across the UK while reducing our carbon footprint.

“Availability of smart data is essential to radically change our industry. Mace Tech will allow us to harness the latest digital technologies and offsite construction methods to create better buildings. HRS is already helping to deliver housing faster with less waste and reduce carbon emissions. I look forward to working closely with the team to roll it out across our business.”

After trialling the pilot at a major London construction project, the HRS system is now being used to construct N06, a build to rent scheme in East Village, the former London 2012 Athletes’ Village, being built by Mace on behalf of Get Living.

Mace’s new business unit Mace Tech will manage the deployment and delivery of the advanced offsite sub-assembly construction methods to harness the latest technologies.

Mace Tech business unit director Shaun Tate said: “HRS is more than just a new offsite construction method – it is a new digital approach to how we assemble and construct buildings.

“We interrogated the entire production to delivery cycle, taking inspiration from the auto industry with its integrated production and assembly line, looking at how we can develop smarter and more efficient offsite assembly methods to drive better outcomes.”

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Image: Mace’s new technology HRS in action. Photo: Courtesy of Mace Group.

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