Elecosoft is pleased to announce that its customer, McCarthy & Stone, the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, won the ‘Digital Construction Award’ at the 2017 Constructing Excellence in London and the South East with the use of Elecosoft’s IconSystem building information management solution.
The Constructing Excellence Awards recognise and promote the very best behaviours and practices that drive positive change in the industry. They demonstrate why and how the industry can constructively and robustly challenge every element of the way it does business to deliver outstanding buildings and infrastructure safely, reliably, profitably and sustainably.
“In this category, we look for examples of how the adoption of collaborative digital processes is set to improve the planning, design, fabrication, construction and operation of built facilities or infrastructure” explains Graeme Forbes, CEO, Clearbox; Head Judge and sponsor of the Digital Construction Award. “McCarthy & Stone’s approach to digital construction (through the use of the IconSystem) is leading to real business transformation, allowing them to reap the business benefits from a whole life approach”.
In partnership with Elecosoft, McCarthy & Stone have created ‘Datum’ a digital information system powered by the IconSystem that manages and distributes information as part of a single source of the truth. Utilising the Datum web application, building information models and digital cost tools they have knitted together a series of software and management systems to form one cohesive platform. Datum has been instrumental in driving increased product standardisation throughout the business. It helps to ensure a consistent and repeatable high-quality product whilst helping to increase profit margins. The process enables teams and partners to work more effectively together throughout a development’s life cycle. Confident that they will be able to demonstrate multi-million pound savings in the coming months and achieve a significant increase in offsite pre-fabrication, this new way of working could revolutionise the efficiency and quality of House Builders, Affordable and Student Housing Providers to name but a few. Potentially it could help to solve the current housing crisis.
John Ketteley, Executive Chairman commented: “We are proud to be such a major part of this success story. We are delighted that through their partnership with Elecosoft, McCarthy & Stone are being marked as industry leaders who are unlocking the benefits of BIM. This is testament to the pioneering software developed by our forward-thinking and highly collaborative team. We look forward to continuing to enable businesses to achieve improved lifecycle cost savings and margins through implementing the Elecosoft IconSystem”.
As a result of the IconSystem, McCarthy & Stone are unlocking the true potential of BIM. Throughout 2016 they made enormous strides to improve the quality and flow of information throughout their business and supply chain. Partnering with key suppliers and delivering sustainable change has introduced an information management system to a sector of the industry that has been slow to adopt digital construction innovation. This marks them out as an industry leader who has fully appreciated the benefits of technology and applied them in an innovative way to produce high quality products that their customers are proud to call home.