First home showcases Travis Perkins’ design and build platform

The first home to be designed and built using Travis Perkins’ groundbreaking WholeHouse platform has been completed in Leicestershire.

The platform was used by Bowbridge Homes Ltd to develop a pair of semi-detached properties on its site near Melton Mowbray. For Travis Perkins, this is a significant milestone, following the launch of its WholeHouse concept last year.

According to the builders merchant, the platform is designed to revolutionise the way SME house builders plan, design and construct new homes. It is specifically designed for housebuilders building up to 250 units a year, the company says.

WholeHouse sets out to provide a means for SME housebuilders to plan and design a bespoke digital model of a house before physically constructing it. This is said to ensure detailed and accurate design, plans and material pricing of developments from the first day.

From start to finish, says Travis Perkins, the process can be completed in under an hour, saving weeks off the planning process and construction phase to the benefit of both builders and homeowners.

Lee Jackson, director of WholeHouse, said: “Seeing the first home completed using the WholeHouse platform is a fantastic achievement. This platform was designed to simplify the complex process of building new homes, and now we can see its real-world impact. It’s designed to help SME housebuilders plan, design and construct new homes and we’re thrilled to be at the forefront of this innovation.

“This platform has been years in the making and is the culmination of over 500 years of collective collaboration and industry experience. It puts the housebuilder in the driving seat and enables them to simplify the traditionally complex process of planning, costing and building new homes at the click of a button.”

Using the WholeHouse platform, Bowbridge Homes were able to develop two of the existing properties on the site, enabling them to increase their thermal performance, and try new renewable heating packages without having to spend months changing designs and checking compliance with the latest regulations.

Ray Jordan, construction director at Bowbridge Homes, said: “The design coordination and information available ahead of construction has been a real advantage, from the pre-manufactured utility cupboard, allowing the air source heat pump to be installed more efficiently and effectively on-site, all the way down to every door being the same size to simplify both site practices and the wider supply chain.”

Based on a digital design process, WholeHouse has been developed by Travis Perkins in partnership with industry leading experts, including architects, engineers and consultants, as well as customers and suppliers.

It means they can bring plots and developments to life through 3D visualisation in designs that can be easily adapted, personalised and tailored depending on customer requirements.

Travis Perkins claims that WholeHouse reduces development risk by allowing housebuilders to create a house type from over half a billion fully coordinated, tried and tested designs. This enables builders to create costed construction drawings with accurate elevations, floor plans, specifications, cross sections, required build materials and more at the click of a button.

Traditionally many of these items would need to be manually costed from drawings and separate subcontractor quotes.

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