A UK First…

UK’s First Residential Development Designed and Constructed Entirely in BIM.

St Georges Place (Poole) Ltd

Founded in 2014, BlackGold Developments is adopting a new method of design and build, in a bid to innovate and improve the UK construction industry, using BIM.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a collaborative process that seeks to add value throughout the life-cycle of property development.

The BIM process sees the creation, collation and exchange of shared 3D models – and a range of intelligent, structured data – with the aim being to improve productivity and reduce waste and rework.

How are BlackGold Developments using BIM?

BlackGold Developments is utilising the latest Building Information Modelling (BIM) software to design then construct the first residential development in the UK using the whole life-cycle.

Canaway Court in Poole, Dorset, is the first residential project in the UK where only a model was used at the build contract execution stage. No paper drawings were provided as part of the contract package.



Why BIM?

BIM is already mandatory for many Government projects, but the residential market has not exploited its capabilities in full. The Founder of BlackGold Developments, recognised BIM’s proficiency early on and decided to implement BIM in-house, across the board.

In a bid to promote the endless possibilities and technical detail that BIM provides on one central platform, BlackGold Developments now only appoints contractors and suppliers who are willing to align with BIM. 

Historically, BIM has been used as a means to produce drawings and CGI’s, however, Julian Jones identified its strength in generating extremely detailed models which act as a ‘road map’ for the project. BIM showcases detailed layers of each individual build, including electrical and plumbing mapping records, a maintenance schedule and material information using IFC.

“The software is exceptional and while it has been used in commercial developments, we are applying it to residential properties in the Bournemouth & Poole Area. We’ve had an extremely positive reaction from the suppliers involved with Canaway Court and we can see it being life-changing to local planning departments as it will allow them to see more clearly what is intended from the offset. BIM showcases every single element process to the construction process and is an exceptionally powerful tool,” says BlackGold Developments Founder, Julian Jones.

How does BIM work?

Buildings are modeled in super high-detail and then reproduced within a 3D environment where key information is made available to the particular suppliers involved, via comprehensive layers. This enables all trades involved to work from one central platform which response to each other’s schedule. This means the BIM is a real-time working module for all parties. Everything can also be downloaded on any iPhone, Android or Tablet for convenience and use on-site.



How does it help me?

BIM allows the individual to visualise the property from anywhere in the World.

Once you’ve purchased a property, you will have a permanent road map of your home. ​
A guide to everything from plug sockets, wiring, heating systems, plumbing – everything that contributes to your apartment where building is in BIM. This provides total peace of mind and convenience whenever you need to locate certain aspects of the property for updates or maintenance. It doesn’t get much better.



Setting a Precedent

Have you ever considered how your property is built?

Many of you will answer ‘no’ to this question, however we feel this is something the new generation of buyers should be considering.

We believe first-time buyers should be educated on their new home’s infrastructure and ask what safeguarding is in place for their apartment block.

We know it’s not always the first factor you think about when buying a new home. Furniture and interiors are far more exciting. However, safety is vital and that is why we implement systems and procedures to protect our buyers.

Sprinkler Systems to be fitted throughout Canaway Court.

BlackGold Developments is fitting sophisticated sprinkler systems to Canaway Court. Sprinklers have been proven to reduce the impact of fire. They are a potentially life-saving tool that brings many benefits.

Regulations in England mean that only buildings constructed since 2007 and which are taller than 30m are required to have sprinklers fitted. We put them in as ‘standard’ regardless of the height of the building, in our multi-occupancy developments.

In Wales since 2018, all new and refurbished residential accommodation must have sprinklers. Nowhere in the UK is it a requirement to retroactively fit sprinklers in existing buildings so Black Gold Development is leading a safety-first policy.

The guidance issued to interpret the Building Regulations now recognizes the use of sprinklers for Fire Safety and it is clear that future legislation will call for the increased use of sprinklers following the Grenfell Tower Inquiry in multi-occupancy homes;

“Analysis has shown that installing sprinklers in new homes reduces avoidable death or injury arising from fires. The installation of fire protection systems will go a long way towards minimising the risk of fire devastation. They are proven to help save lives.”


MYTH In a real fire, all sprinkler heads go off together

FACT Only the sprinkler head(s) directly affected by the fire are triggered.

MYTH A smoke detector will provide enough protection

FACT Operational smoke detectors do save lives, however they do nothing to extinguish a growing fire.

MYTH Sprinklers go off accidently

FACT The odds of winning the lottery are greater than the 16 million to one chance of a sprinkler malfunction.

Source: Bafsa

MYTH smoke detector will wake me in the event of a fire

“Sadly many people in my experience don’t wake up when their smoke alarm goes off. I can see sprinkler systems being a positive contribution to safety and prevention of smoke inhalation, and even death” – Gary Southam, Crew Manager.