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Brick-laying robot gets NHBC accreditation

14 Jan A brick-laying robot created in Yorkshire by Construction Automation has secured NHBC Accepts accreditation.

The Automatic Brick Laying Robot
The Automatic Brick Laying Robot

The Automatic Brick Laying Robot (ABLR) builds external walls, laying bricks, blocks and mortar, while running on a track around the foundations of the building. 

NHBC Accepts accreditation means that the leading warrant provider for new build housing accepts that the robot delivers work to the same standard that it expects from skilled human bricklayers.

Having been under assessment by warranty provider NHBC for more than a year, the ABLR can now be used in the construction of new homes covered by all NHBC warranty products – subject to appropriate design and installation.

NHBC innovation manager Richard Lankshear said: “It has been an intensive, year-long endeavour both for our team and Construction Automation and involved an extremely rigorous process.”

David Longbottom, founder-director and majority owner of Pocklington-based Construction Automation, said: “We have worked closely with NHBC over the last year and we are extremely proud to be the sole innovator in the bricklaying robot space to have achieved the NHBC Accepts approval. We hope that this will provide confidence in our product within the housebuilding Industry and are excited for what the future holds, and how we can lead the way to increase on-site productivity, guarantee quality, improve on-site health and safety and close the skills shortage gap within the industry.”

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