The Building Factory

If we were able to bring a medieval carpenter forward in time and present them with a modern construction site, there is very little that would not be recognisable to our medieval friend. What might they see? A large, muddy area with a stack of materials on the ground; a number of people carrying things; people waiting for materials to be moved from one place to another; some machinery for lifting materials. And, if it started raining, most of the work would stop. 

With the exception of the number and scale of machines, and some of the materials, there is less difference between the medieval process of construction and the modern process of construction than most would imagine. We have increased the use of technologies, but we have not fundamentally changed the nature of what happens on a construction site. Modern construction is still restricted by how much material can be stored on site (and the logistics of delivering materials). Delays, due to weather or logistics, can mean that the entire construction process is halted. Materials left on site may become damaged through weather or human-error. These are the same problems that we’ve faced for millennia.

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