Luxury housing development gets tech boost

The delivery of a £50m luxury housing development is benefiting from new software that has increased site productivity and improved quality.

The high specification Holburne Park development, located in Bath, combines quality craftmanship with local stone and natural materials to complement the city’s renowned architecture.

To meet this ambition, careful planning and consistent communication between teams and individuals was required. As the project entered phase two, contractor Bect Building Contractors invested in new software, Procore.

Procore is a cloud-based solution that is simple to use, can be used by anyone on and off site and is easily accessible on mobile devices.

Bect made the decision to change software following a number of trials with various software platforms. Nathan Holmes, commercial and finance director at Bect, said: “Using software can improve how a building comes together but you need the right tools for the job.

“Collaborative working and providing feedback for clients are essential to getting a project right. We also need to be mindful of being safe, productive and on budget. It’s a balancing act that we manage but using Procore makes it easier and more accurate.”

Procore’s platform includes a project management tool which keeps drawings, snag lists, photos, submittals and other key documents in one place. Bect also opted for the quality and safety tool to help mitigate risk via reporting dashboards that use real-time data to allow action to be taken as soon as the issue is identified.

James Coombs, Bect managing director, said: “We are fortunate to be going through planned growth in the current climate. Despite a healthy workbook, we know we can’t be complacent so look to new ways to innovate that will benefit our clients. The great thing is, we can use the software for any project, no matter the size.”