HCP can reduce the cost of the redesign and adaption of spaces in buildings to maintain their value for longer. The design process means that existing spaces can be surveyed digitally, so that components can be manufactured specifically for them, allowing easier assembly and potentially removal.
More efficient design, realised through HCP, will contribute to a reduction in the materials consumed for concrete. For example, a piece of street furniture created using HCP uses 60% to 70% less material than one created with conventional casting methods.
By realising greater precision in manufacture than is currently possible, HCP provides a digitally-driven offsite technology for repeatable, high-quality components to be manufactured in a considerably shorter lead-time. This precision will enable more accurate components to be manufactured.
The geometry of components can also be adjusted to suit pre-existing constraints onsite, resulting in better quality build, easier assembly and a reduction in time lost for adjustments and rework.
HCP has the potential to reduce the procurement time of components from several weeks to a few hours, with no waste from used moulds. Parts can be manufactured just-in-time, which with computational based scheduling reduces the need for storage and the chances of damage. This also removes the uncertainty of the human operations in the current supply chain, resulting in reduced time on site, shorter projects, and reduce costs.
The precast concrete market in the UK alone is worth over £2bn a year, about 20% of this is products that could be manufactured with HCP.