HBXL Group, based at Future Space, Bristol, has developed revolutionary new software for the domestic building sector aimed at builders, quantity surveyors, architects, small-scale developers and designers.

Called BuildingWorks the subscription-based platform from HBXL Group company Integro Software Construction offers a range of user-friendly features designed to make estimating, designing and project managing more streamlined.

The software was in development for seven years by founder and former builder and property developer, Adrian Wild. The HBXL team worked in conjunction with the University of West of England, Bristol and Innovate UK to bring it to market.

Adrian wanted smaller building companies to have access to the same level of smart technology the larger housebuilders.

This new ‘digital construction’ product will be beneficial for SME builders to help them realise their BIM (Building Information Modelling) potential.

Commenting on the product launch Joanna Mulgrew, HBXL Group Operations Director said: “The new product is intended to fill a gap in the market – it’s the first of its kind. There’s never before been software where the drawing of the building takes place at the same time as estimating the cost.

“With the current housing shortage, a lack of government funding and planning and financial obstacles smaller construction firms can help deliver a proportion of the housing needed.”

Just over a year ago HBXL moved into its current office at Future Space, the tech and science innovation hub based on UWE Bristol’s Frenchay campus, as a result of working with UWE professors who were advisors on the project.

Joanna said: “Being based at Future Space is great as we have such close access to experts with advice readily available.

“It’s a fantastic workspace and being in a learning environment is valuable to us due to the developmental nature of our work. Having a relationship with UWE is highly beneficial as the software has been presented in a number of lectures and staff have encouraged students to try BuildingWorks.”

Future Space centre director, Elaine McKechnie said: “As a tech company, doing something unique in the construction sector, they are an ideal fit for Future Space.

“We describe Future Space as a ‘collaborative community’, so it’s fantastic to see the union between HBXL and UWE Bristol on such an innovative project.

“HBXL’s journey from working with the university team to moving into space with us is a great example of how this works in practice to grow and develop business and innovation in the region. We look forward to supporting the HBXL team in the continued development of their software.”

The current software modules available on the BuildingWorks platform provide design and estimating functions. The HBXL team is currently working on adding more features to provide health and safety, contracts and energy performance tools. The final goal is to provide SME builders with a complete end-to-end software solution.