There is so much building work going on at the moment around my home in Sussex that I almost considered retraining as a bricklayer . . . Well no, not really, my aim is to find a robot to do my job so I can retire! A younger person in the south of England would be very tempted to go into the building industry, the amount of houses being built on every available piece of land is beyond belief. Nowhere is safe, especially if you have a large back garden with a field behind it. Your house will be demolished to build an access road to the field.
On one side of my house, which is built on an area rich in Sussex clay, there was an old quarry where they had produced high quality handmade roofing tiles for many years. The entire area has now been levelled, and they are building hundreds of new houses.
On the other side, there used to be semi-green belt land. We remember taking the children over there after school to see the sheep and horses. Now that too is being covered in hundreds of new houses. It is very sad.
But those bricklayers need to make as much money as they can, while they still have the opportunity, for Hadrian is coming. At the moment he is in Australia, learning his trade, but his brothers will no doubt be travelling all over the world taking the jobs of brickies. Hadrian, named after the roman wall (and Emperor of course) built between Scotland and England, can lay 1,000 bricks an hour . . . 20 times faster than an average human brickie.
Fastbrick Robotics (http://www.fbr.com.au) hope to be launching their first commercial model next year.
Have a look at this video which shows the prototype Hadrian in action.