BIM enables Wates Group to be “very, very efficient” at construction start

Credit: Architects Journal
Credit: Architects Journal

The Group Design Director at one of the UK‘s most successful contractors has urged clients and consultants to become involved earlier within a project’s design process to capitalise on the maximum savings possible achieved by Building Information Modelling implementation.

Andrew Barraclough of Wates Group gave the sound advice in an exclusive chat with Building, in which he states that clients come to them too late with relevant BIM data, meaning that as BIM can’t be delivered effectively, there is little point in implementing it at all.

“We need the data but people come to us too late and then it can be almost impossible [to deliver BIM effectively],” said Barraclough.

According to the man leading the expansion of Wates’ BIM capabilities, the firm have “made progression in the last seven years on BIM”, progress so prolific that they easily comply with Level 2 BIM standards come 2016 when the UK Government’s mandate is in effect: “We will achieve that, that’s not an issue for Wates,” stated Barraclough.

Barraclough has also set a target that BIM will be utilised on two thirds of their £10 million-plus projects within three years, with them currently “2025% on track”.

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