Our success story

About the client

McCarthy & Stone has been a leading builder of outstanding retirement properties for the past 39 years. They attribute their success not only to the design and quality of their range of retirement homes but also to their policy of applying the latest technologies and software in the build process. They have been awarded the 5-star rating for customer satisfaction in an independent survey by the Home Builders Federation every year since the awards began, and are the only house builder to do so.

The challenge

BIM has become a crucial turning point in the modernisation of the building and construction industry. However, ‘Modernise or die: The Farmer Review of the UK Construction Labour Model’ found that currently there is a significant reality gap when it comes to the industry’s adoption strategy of BIM. McCarthy & Stone needed a system that kept them up-to-date and beyond with the latest BIM technologies to keep them at the forefront of the industry.

Our solution

Together, Elecosoft and McCarthy & Stone facilitated the installation of the web-based IconSystem to enable it keep up with the demand for consistent and accurate data. The IconSystem is fully integrated and introduces methodologies to the company that enable McCarthy & Stone to bring together a mass of BIM-based construction data into one, easy-to-use platform. The platform allows the company to plan, implement and deliver a fully-integrated BIM based build program, which ensures that McCarthy & Stone will benefit to the full from the comprehensive application of BIM technologies in a project. Over the past 14 months, Elecosoft’s IconSystem, referred to by McCarthy & Stone as ‘Datum’, was tailored specifically for the company using the Specs & Standards and Projects & Properties solutions, and has been rolled out across almost every department in their business. As a consequence, McCarthy & Stone is the only house builder in the UK to fully realise the potential of BIM (Building Information Modelling) and has developed a vital technical partnership with web solutions software developer Elecosoft.

The IconSystem in action

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“The IconSystem has has allowed us to centralise our information to have consistent onsite delivery. Without the system, it would be impossible to accurately track changes and the associated costs which these can incur.”

Clive Proctor – Specifications Manager