A builder in Essex has become a YouTube hit after being filmed laying 154 bricks in just one minute 40 seconds.

The video, shot by a co-worker, starts by showing the bricklayer named Kyaal starting the driveway he is building by laying eight bricks in three seconds.

He then collects bricks from the stack behind him without breaking stride and lays 40 in 30 seconds.  

As the filming continues, Kyaal lays 92 bricks on the minute mark and adds another 62 over the next 40 seconds.

Since being posted on YouTube, the video has attracted a number of comments.

One viewer write: “This guy is awesome.”

Another said: “Suddenly I have the urge to become a professional brick layer.”

But others suggest he should take more care of his back. One viewer wrote: “No lumbar protection!? That back is going to hurt later!”

However, we know of a robot in Australia that can beat Kyaal.

Mark Pivac, inventor of the bricklaying robot Hadrian, says his machine can place 1,000 bricks an hour, enough to erect the walls of a house in two days of round-the-clock work.

The robot – which took 10 years and A$7m to develop - works like a 3D printer, taking its cues from a digital 3D model of the structure it’s building.  

It cuts bricks to size, mortars them and lays each in place using a grasper at the end of a 28m telescopic boom.

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