A commercial and community centre in Bayford, Western Australia is the first non-residential building to be constructed by FBR Limited's (ASX: FBR) Hadrian X bricklaying robot.
It took just five business days for the Hardian X to complete the build at a speed of 174 blocks per hour; bettering results previously achieved by FBR during a display home build in Dayton, WA.
The project was completed as part of the third and final stage of FBR's pilot program with Archistruct Builders & Designers, following the amendment of their agreement to encompass commercial structures in addition to residential buildings.
The robot even had to contend with rough weather conditions like hail, high winds and heavy rain during the process.
Completion of the centre's structure involved the Hadrian X building both the internal and external walls.
FBR managing director and CEO Mike Pivac says the successful construction of the centre in WA demonstrates that the company can build not just houses, but entire neighbourhoods.
"The construction of our first non-residential structure is a significant step forward for FBR and the commercialisation of our technology," says Pivac.
"We have proven that we are capable of building entire communities, not just the residential structures within them, which is important across the globe but especially so in developing countries where access to infrastructure is often limited.
"Our ability to construct commercial buildings on a Wall as a Service basis opens up a valuable global market for the Hadrian X to complement our residential construction offering."
FBR's success with this latest build follows a lengthy trial period for the company during which the Hadrian X has been pushed to build under increasingly more challenging circumstances.
For instance, at the end of August the group built four Mexican-style two-bedroom, one-bathroom style house structures from its base in Perth.
These were completed as part of FBR's pilot agreement with GP Vivienda, one of Mexico's largest building companies.
Having completed the pilot program stage FBR will next construct more Mexican-style structures using the Hadrian X with blocks produced in Mexico.
Following the completion of that task FBR and GP Vivienda will begin planning the entry of the Hadrian X into the Mexican construction market once COVID-19 has passed.
Because FBR is currently engaged in ongoing testing agreements the company has continued to spend big without bringing much revenue in.
During FY20 the Perth-based group generated $492,907 and posted a loss of $9.3 million.
Shares in FBR are down 1.54 per cent to $0.06 per share at 1.42pm AEST.
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