We are honoured to have won Best Digital Transformation at the Digital Construction Live Awards for an initiative that combines different technologies in an innovative way to digitally transform the Circular Economy into a Circular Lifestyle.

This project has also recently been shortlisted for the AJ100 ‘Innovation of the Year 2023’ award, and the London Construction Awards ‘Technological Innovation of the Year’ category.

As part of Chetwoods’ commitment to enhancing the role of digital technology in architectural design, Laurie Chetwood, Chairman of Chetwoods, is designing a pioneering Circular Economy project in Surrey, where the site’s design, development and eventual use will become a test bed and showcase for new design and construction technologies and processes.

A key part of the project’s strategy has been the exploration and application of the best technologies to use in its digital design and delivery. This initiative has resulted in a new approach to the deconstruction and reuse of the existing building on the site, and to site engagement during the design process.

Our Works team, in collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton and with research advice from the University of Cambridge, has developed a new methodology that combines existing technologies in a new way to produce a totally digital, comprehensive, and more accessible set of information that streamlines design, deconstruction and reconstruction processes.

This innovative digital approach delivers new layers of data combining two digital twin formats to allow the creation of highly detailed 3D models, which facilitate clearer analysis and understanding of layout, structures, and spaces, while also recording detailed information for the quantification and reuse of materials from the existing structure.

Research and development are central to Chetwoods’ approach to the design and delivery of places and spaces which will enhance human and environmental wellbeing, and promote sustainable construction. Other research projects that we are working on include measuring human emotional response to design, exploring new construction materials, developing new typologies for co-locating different uses in urban design, and promoting the benefits of integrating art, architecture and landscape.

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