FBR’s Hadrian X construction robot will be used to build between 2000 and 5000 new homes in Mexico, part of a Wall as a Service (‘WaaS’) deal with GP Vivienda.
WaaS is the servitisation and digitalisation of the old way of selling bricks and manual bricklaying labour separately and is sold as a fixed price, single delivered service to customers. The WaaS operating entity, in a geographical region, supplies the blocks and robotically constructs walls onsite to the precise specification of a digital architectural plan. It allows customers and end users to directly access the benefits of robotic construction such as improvements in speed, accuracy, safety and waste, without having to build robotics capability into their businesses.
The works will be supplied by FBR or an affiliate, including a North American subsidiary or branch of FBR. The term sheet contains a binding exclusivity period of 24 months in which FBR and GP Vivienda will deal exclusively with each other in relation to the agreement in Mexico, with the remainder of the term sheet non-binding until formal documentation is completed.
The milestones for completion include receiving confirmation that FBR’s Hadrian X and Fastbrick Wall System are compliant with all relevant codes and regulations in Mexico, completion of a collaborative commercial model, completion of a pilot building program of 20 homes in Mexico with the Hadrian X using concrete masonry unit (CMU) blocks, and COVID-19 travel restrictions easing.
With over 115,000 homes built and delivered, GP Vivienda specialises in developing Master-Planned communities. GP Vivienda is the housing division of Grupo GP, one of Mexico’s largest construction and real estate development companies.