Fast-growing Integra Buildings has announced a major investment to catapult the company into its next phase of development.
The East Yorkshire-based modular buildings specialist has purchased six acres of industrial land at Paull, east of Hull, for £1.6m and plans a further £1.4m investment on the site.
The location is adjacent to a 2.5-acre site already owned and operated by Integra Buildings and the acquisition will enable the company to launch a programme of capital investment to increase manufacturing capacity and take advantage of major opportunities in a sector experiencing rapid growth.
Integra Buildings is one of the UK’s leading designers and manufacturers of innovative and bespoke off-site constructed modular buildings, with an enviable record for quality and service.
The company has outgrown its current office and production facilities in Burstwick, East Yorkshire, which it has occupied since 2000. Having secured the Paull location, Integra Buildings has now put the Burstwick site on the market.
Integra Buildings managing director Gary Parker said: “Our manufacturing facilities at Burstwick and Paull are running at full capacity so we are ready to make this major investment to take the business to the next level.
“Purchase and development of the Paull site will allow the physical expansion we need to enable our business to grow, so this is great news for the company, our staff, our customers and the local economy.
“This is the perfect time for us to develop more of the innovative manufacturing processes for which we are noted and strengthen our position as a leading player in the UK modular buildings market.”
The strategic development plan includes the creation of two bespoke production facilities, amounting to 72,000 sq ft of manufacturing space, within existing buildings on the Paull site.
Subject to planning permission, Integra Buildings will also build a new, two-storey modular office block at the heart of the site. The new 8,300 sq ft offices will be a showcase for the quality of materials and design available to Integra Buildings’ clients and include dedicated training areas, a business lounge and meeting rooms which will also be available for use by clients and suppliers.
In addition, the site has increased hard standing capacity for product storage and space for further expansion in future.
Integra Buildings’ current manufacturing facilities at Paull are focused on production of highly durable and anti-vandal modular buildings used predominantly for welfare, canteen and toilet facilities on construction sites. The company’s range of modular buildings for permanent installation are currently manufactured at Burstwick.
The investment will enable all the company’s production to be brought together in one place with all the new, state-of-the-art facilities fully operational by early 2018. The company has received an in-principle offer of funding from the Humber LEP’s Growing the Humber programme to facilitate the scheme.
The Paull site was previously operated by Grange Fencing, which makes fence panels for the DIY industry, and has been vacant since the company’s factory closed following relocation.
The investment will enable Integra Buildings to capitalise on major opportunities from the rapid growth in the off-site manufacture of buildings, as a wide range of clients recognise how innovative modular solutions make building projects easier, cheaper and faster, with no compromise on quality.
Integra Buildings commercial director Chris Turner said: “The old image of modular buildings as prefabs is a thing of the past. Modular building is the way forward in the construction industry.
“A wide range of sectors are recognising the benefits of modular, off-site construction and we are seeing that in the exceptionally strong demand for our products.
“We’re passionate about this form of construction and with this investment we will be practising what we preach by creating our own new modular office block, showcasing the superb quality and innovation we offer to our clients.”
Integra Buildings’ steel-framed products are structurally guaranteed for up to 60 years and offer a host of benefits over conventional buildings. Built and pre-assembled in factory conditions to the highest quality standards, Integra Buildings installs modular units on site typically in between one and five days.
The company’s modular buildings can also incorporate traditional materials such as brick and stone and mirror the aesthetics of conventional structures.
Integra Buildings has doubled turnover to almost £19m over the past five years. Among the company’s flagship schemes are:
· Bespoke changing, strength and conditioning and physiotherapy facilities for the British Olympic rowing team at Eton Dornay, Buckinghamshire, which were used in preparation for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
· A £2.4m permanent education block for Wellington College in Berkshire, one of the world’s leading coeducational day and boarding schools.
· Clubrooms, changing and shower facilities to be used by community groups in Sheffield – the first projects delivered under the Football Association’s Parklife programme to revitalise grassroots football across England.
· Design and construction of a new modular nursery and community space for learning disability charity Mencap, to be used by people with learning difficulties in Leeds. The £2.1m fully accessible facilities will be used by more than 2,000 people annually.
Integra Buildings has a workforce of 80 and supports the employment of a further 20 sub-contractors. The investment at Paull will create 18 jobs, ranging from production roles to project management, sales and support functions. It will also enable the company to revive its apprenticeship schemes to provide places for at least two new apprentices each year.
Modular units are becoming ever more popular in construction projects across the UK and worldwide as developers seek the many benefits they offer, including speed to market, reduced project costs, consistent quality and improved safety from construction within controlled factory conditions. As modular construction takes place off site, there is also significantly reduced impact on the environment and local community.
The growth of the sector is illustrated by off-site construction being a major theme of UK Construction Week in October, which includes the industry’s largest showcase at the NEC in Birmingham.