Buildots, an innovator in AI construction technology, has been selected by Wates Residential for Orbit’s Park East residential project in Erith, London. Wates Residential is part of the Wates Group, one of the UK’s largest privately-owned construction, development, and property services companies. The company has recognized Buildots’ ability to help them deliver exceptional homes on budget and schedule.
Buildots’ AI algorithms automatically validate images captured by hardhat-mounted 360° cameras, detecting gaps between the original design, scheduling, and the construction site’s reality. The easy-to-set-up platform acts as a virtual control room for project managers, allowing them to make decisions that dramatically speed up construction and ultimately reduce costs.
Buildots enables Wates Residential to see all facets and details of Park East in a single location, establishing a ‘single source of truth’ for managers at the construction site. The data ensures essential working documentation such as the Fit-Out Matrix and Key Date Schedules can be trusted by all on-site personnel. The platform also allows the planning community to understand the reality of what is happening and helps the commercial team with handling applications of payment – all without having to visit the site.
The new neighbourhood is part of Orbit’s project to transform 1970s high-rise tower blocks, which previously suffered from low demand and poor local reputation, into a modern, thriving community. It builds on the success of Orbit’s adjacent Erith Park redevelopment scheme, which won a prestigious London Regeneration Project of the Year Award in 2016 and, once complete, will be a mixed tenure community of 320 high-quality homes.
“Buildots is excited and honored to be working with Wates and Orbit on this impressive London project,” says Roy Danon, Buildots CEO and co-founder. “Managing tens of thousands of details can be a complex task in projects like Park East and our platform ensures any issues are dealt with in a timely and cost-effective manner. Buildots provides visual documentation of site activities, fault identification, monitoring of schedules, and even advance notice of expected delays to ensure the highest levels of productivity and efficiency are always maintained.”
“The Wates Group prides itself for being on top of new technologies & innovation and working with Buildots is very much in that spirit,” says Glen Roberts, Operations Director at Wates Residential. “Buildots provides an incredibly honest and detailed picture of a work site so the work that needs to get done, gets done. And it does this behind-the-scenes, without my needing to walk the site with schedules or spreadsheets. I look forward to working together as this worthwhile project progresses over the coming months.”
Buildots is a Tel Aviv and London-based startup leveraging the power of AI and computer vision to modernize the construction management industry. Buildots uses hardhat-mounted cameras to capture imaging of every detail of an ongoing project during regular site walks. The data is then analyzed using AI models to transform random visual data into highly accurate, actionable insights that are correlated with the project’s designs and schedule.
About Wates Residential
Wates Residential, part of the Wates Group, is one of the UK’s leading developers. The business operates across London and the South, working with public sector partners to build more and better homes. This is driven by a shared vision that everyone deserves a great place to live.
Wates Residential applies a special type of regeneration, focused on adding social and environmental value that goes beyond building homes. Every development is bespoke to the needs of the local community so, rather than applying generic design or product pattern books, meaningful consultation with local stakeholders is included in the programme to support the development of long-term sustainable communities.
The business also leaves a positive lasting legacy in the communities where it operates through its drive for local procurement, creation of local employment opportunities such as apprenticeships and work placements, school curriculum support and courses for long-term unemployed adults.