6 Oct 2020,
A ROBOT brickie is to build a home from scratch in what is thought to be a world first.
Its computer will read the plans and lay the bricks and mortar over two weeks.
A robot brickie is to build a home from scratch in what is thought to be a world first
But there are fears the Automatic Brick Laying Robot could threaten thousands of jobs.
Only two human brickies will work with it and its bricklaying arm is fitted to a 30ft high lift so no scaffolding is needed.
Construction Automation’s David Longbottom and Stuart Parkes plan full production once the two-storey house is built in Everingham, East Yorks.
David said: “It is the first in the UK to be built by a robot, and possibly the first in the world.
“The next thing to do is get a machine to tile a roof.”
The robot, which moves on tracks, is controlled by tablet.
A labourer loads the bricks, and mortar for its pump, while a brickie oversees the job.
But Eve Livett, of the Association of Brickwork Contractors, said: “Robots will never replace bricklayers. It’s only capable of building a square house.”
A labourer loads the bricks, and mortar for its pump
It moves on tracks and is controlled by tablet
A robot brickie is set to build a house from scratch in what is thought to be a world first (mockup)