Laing O’Rourke utilising BIM in £104m off-site housing scheme

Credit: Laing O'Rourke
Credit: Laing O’Rourke

The UK Government have awarded international engineering enterprise Laing O’Rourke with a £22 million cash injection for their £104 million project aimed at tackling the United Kingdom‘s housing shortage.

A new factory next to Laing O’Rourke’s Explore Industrial Park factory in Steetley will manufacture pre-assembly systems for house building, with some 10,000 set to be manufactured by the factory each year.

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable announced the plans that the Government would provide a cash sum to “accelerate” the factory’s development late last week, alongside his announcement about the Government’s Level 3 BIM ‘strategic plan’, Digital Built Britain.

“To meet urgent demand for new affordable homes, the construction industry must embrace new technologies and techniques – and our support will help them do this more quickly,” explained Cable.

“This reflects the long-term commitment of our industrial strategy to modernising British manufacturing.

“Working in partnership with industry, targeted investment from Government is helping firms exploit new technologies, raise skills levels and improve productivity.”

Pioneering Building Information Modelling engineering and installation skills will be delivered via staff training to a projected 250 new Laing O’Rourke employees, that’s according to Construction Enquirer.

“We are levelling up the playing field with country’s like China and India because we are able to use robotics to help us in the assembly which improves the quality of the build, stated Ray O’Rourke, Laing O’Rourke Chairman.

“There’s wonderful technology out there which has been in use in the automotive and aviation industry’s for 30 years and we have to understand how to grasp that and deploy it in our industry.”

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