South West team to the fore in housebuilding revolution

23 March 2018

AN Exeter-based team are striving to be at the technical forefront of residential home design as they look to introduce new and innovative initiatives to housebuilding in the South West.

Mildenhall Ruth, John and Max 

Working for local builder Bovis Homes, the group are now looking for ambitious and talented architects and engineers to join them on their journey as they look to transform the region's housebuilding landscape.

Using techniques such as 3D visualising, drone filming and Building Information Modelling (BIM), the Head of Engineering sees 2018 being a milestone year.

“This is shaping to be an exciting year for the industry and for Bovis Homes in the South West,” said John Drewett, South West associate director of engineering. “There are a number of key developing initiatives that are coming to fruition in the next few months, and these offer tremendous opportunities, both for our business and for industry professionals who are looking for a cutting-edge challenge.

“The industry is at the forefront when it comes to training and development and we have a proud history at Bovis Homes of supporting our people and developing their skills and experience. There's huge scope for career development and making a difference here.”

Ruth Burrows, a senior designer and key project member, who has worked for Bovis Homes for six years, said: “It really feels like now is such an exciting time to be working for the company. It is a time of evaluation, change and progress towards the best and most efficient working processes. Knowing that I can influence that change, and that my voice and opinion counts within a company that embraces innovation, is really special.”

Over the last two years the multi-discipline team has led the charge in adopting new technologies by carrying out a comprehensive review of current technical working processes with the goal of improving process efficiency, information quality and communication within the business.

John said: “The new acquisition techniques and processing of aerial data has the potential to transform the way in which we monitor and communicate progress on our developments, both internally and to our customers. This ranges from aerial photos, to 3D models with volumetric information, to the possibility of digitally comparing build progress against a 4D programme.”

The team's passion and drive has been recognised by earning a nomination at Bovis Homes' own national awards for innovation and proud regional managing director, Dave Farley, said: “The design process is the first step in a long and complex procedure to deliver high quality homes that we are proud of to our customers.

“Each and every employee is encouraged and empowered to improve our business, and the technical team have my full support and backing to fulfil our shared aspirations to adopt new technologies such as Revit and BIM, and much more over the coming years.”

The latest South West homes can be viewed here.