Robot bricklayers could take over after Brexit to make up for loss of skilled labourers from the EU

They could lay 3,000 bricks a day compared with a worker’s 300 to 600, manufacturers say.

Britain’s construction sector is more receptive to the idea than other countries, research found.

A survey of more than 400 property developers showed that 47 per cent predict robots will bring disruptive change, compared with 34 per cent globally.

About 41 per cent of British developers were also more likely to see the potential for drones, compared with 28 per cent worldwide.

Trials of robot brickies are already under way.

Drones are used for surveying, inspections and progress monitoring. New York-based Construction Robotics and Australia’s Fastbrick are among the market leaders in developing the new building technology.

JCB, Volvo and Caterpillar are developing driverless construction vehicles.

Ian Wimpenny, of consultants Altus, which did the survey, said: “Contractors are already struggling to fill vacancies and close skills gaps, so it’s unsurprising that UK developers are more open to disruptive technologies to keep Britain building post-Brexit.”

The research also showed 65 per cent of developers globally are facing labour shortages.

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