Cyborgs – humans with mechanical elements – are already common in car manufacturing and building site trials have shown “promise”.
But real-life brickies are concerned they could take valuable work away from them.
The robot manufacturers claim the machines can lay a mighty 3,000 bricks a day – compared with the 300-to-600 a human could expect to do.
Drones can also be used for surveying, inspections and monitoring progress.
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“It’s unsurprising that UK developers are more open to disruptive technologies to keep Britain building post Brexit”Ian Wimpenny
Companies such as New York-based Construction Robotics and Australia’s Fastbrick are among the market leaders in new construction technology.
Altus Group’s Real Estate Development Trends report surveyed 400-plus major property developers, each with more than £200million worth of property under development.
And it showed nearly half (47%) of companies predict that construction site robots will bring disruptive change.
The research also showed 65% of developers globally are facing labour shortages.
Altus Group director Ian Wimpenny said: “It’s unsurprising that UK developers are more open to disruptive technologies to keep Britain building post Brexit.”