Building on innovation

July 25th, 2012 Posted in: Lakesmere

I could never have imagined back in 1993 when Lakesmere was first established as a roofing and cladding contractor that I would be here, nearly twenty years later, writing our first ever blog. So much has changed in that time and in a world that has become reliant on gadgets and gizmos the construction industry itself has seen some amazing changes, from the growth of 3D and 4D design software to green product technology, the introduction of BIM and of course the many different Methods of Modern Construction. There is no doubt that innovation is shaping the evolution of the construction industry and that a company’s ability to adapt is ultimately key to its success.

It’s hard to say exactly what is the biggest change that the construction industry has seen in the last twenty years as there is, of course, so much to consider. However, personally I would argue that off-site construction has got to be up there at the top of the list and from the point of view of a building envelope specialist contractor, the ripples of this particular innovation have been far reaching. In just 20 years, Lakesmere has gone from offering standard modular roofing systems, to developing its own offering in the shape of the Thru-Wall SIPS offering to working collaboratively with steel contractors and offering complex and bespoke hybrid solutions.

Rather than fight against such changes, Lakesmere has adapted to develop alongside the ever-evolving and challenging industry and no doubt we are stronger for it. Indeed, as the late great Charles Darwin once said; “In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment.” Easier said than done perhaps but food for thought no less.

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1 Comment to “Building on innovation”

  1. Berivan Says:

    Certain trades are a lot more demanding than others Iron workers are in an extremely hard trade so are brick layers any of the rest are physically demanding. Modern tools have made most a lot easier than they were 40 or 50 years ago a lot of women are getting into construction in certain trades with the exception of the two I named and maybe also the boiler makers. The fact is working construction will keep you in shape and make you stronger than the average person. If you want to work in construction I say go for it get in an apprenticeship and study and learn your trade well. There is nothing like being able to take your children some where and to be able to say I helped build this.

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