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Travis Perkins launches BIM-style design platform for SME housebuilders

by Liam Turner
A cutaway view within the WholeHouse platform

UK-based builders merchant Travis Perkins has unveiled its new WholeHouse platform, which it says is “a first” for the sector.

Travis Perkins says the WholeHouse platform allows SME housebuilders to plan and design a bespoke digital model of a house before physically constructing it.

The process can be completed in under an hour, according to Travis Perkins, “saving weeks of work.”

Based on the BIM process, WholeHouse has been developed by Travis Perkins in partnership with industry experts including architects, engineers, and planners.

The portal is specifically designed for housebuilders building up to 250 units a year, and enables them to “bring plots and developments to life” through 3D visualisation in designs that can be adapted, personalised, and tailored depending on customer requirements.

The platform also offers scalability and promotes sustainability, according to Travis Perkins.

Further, the company says WholeHouse reduces development risk by allowing housebuilders to create a house type from over half a billion fully coordinated, “tried and tested” designs.

‘Culmination of 500 years’ experience’

Lee Jackson, director of WholeHouse, said: “Being at the heart of construction, we take great pride in supporting our customers with new value-added services that help them to navigate an increasingly complex construction landscape with new legislation and decarbonisation targets.

“WholeHouse will do just that, and help SME housebuilders, who are the lifeblood of regional property markets, to build better, more sustainable homes quickly and safely, whilst retaining control over the creative design elements and saving time and money.

“This portal has been a year in the making and is the culmination of 500 years of 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.”

The first two homes built using the platform are set to be ready by September and are based in the Midlands.

“Extensive” work has been carried out on pilot schemes across the country, according to Travis Perkins.

Image: A cutaway view within the WholeHouse platform

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