US-based offsite construction specialist, Blueprint Robotics, has leased new offices in Hereford to establish a UK base for its business.
The company, which specialises in the offsite manufacture and assembly of timber-framed buildings, will locate its new European team of design engineers at the new office.
Working alongside Blueprint’s Baltimore factory, the satellite Hereford team will bring extensive experience working with Europe’s timber-framed 3D design software, Dietrichs.
Blueprint Robotics UK Director of Engineering, Tim Griffiths, said: “Our role in Hereford is to create a 3D digital twin of Blueprint’s building projects in America, incorporating every aspect of each build’s architecture and services including mechanical, electrical and plumbing.
“We then send our detailed production files to Blueprint’s state-of-the-art facility in Baltimore where advanced robotic technology is used to precision manufacture all the component parts needed for a new build. Assembly on site follows that.
“We look forward to growing our team in Hereford. We chose Stirling House because we liked the blank canvas of the new building and could customise the space to create an attractive and effective working environment after working at home for so long. The superfast broadband, air conditioning, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle charging points were also big attractions.”
Blueprint also chose Stirling House to be close to Hereford’s new university campus building from NMITE – the New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering – which opened at Skylon Park this summer.
Their new CATT – Centre for Advanced Timber Technology – delivers courses in advanced and sustainable design and construction methods, building on Hereford’s existing reputation as a hub for timber-framed engineering and off-site manufacture.
Blueprint Robotics looks forward to working closely with NMITE, contributing to the curriculum, and bringing new talent into their industry.
Mark Pearce, Managing Director of Skylon Park, Hereford’s Enterprise Zone, said: “We are delighted that Blueprint Robotics have chosen to set up their UK operations in Hereford.
“We are particularly pleased that such a cutting-edge company has seen the commercial and competitive advantages provided here at Skylon Park by the high-quality workspace available at Centenary Court and the direct links to NMITE’s new specialist Centre for Timber Technology.”
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