An East Yorkshire company will bring new jobs and investment to the region as it joins a £500m modular building revolution.
Integra Buildings has been named as a supplier for the Government’s newly-launched Modular Buildings Solutions framework – a four-year drive to deliver construction projects for the public sector.
The company’s directors say projects delivered through the framework will help secure the long-term future of the fast-growing business, bringing at least ten new jobs over the next year and an investment of up to £1m in production facilities at its site in Paull, east of Hull.
The ground-breaking modular construction drive has been launched by Crown Commercial Service (CCS), a government body that supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring goods and services.
It will aim to employ innovative, off-site modular construction solutions to deliver cost-effective and high-quality building projects for a wide range of public organisations, including in the healthcare, education and defence sectors.
Integra designs and constructs buildings off-site in controlled conditions at its purpose-built factories before delivering and installing them in situ, a process that reduces project timescales and minimises disruption to customers, with no compromise on quality.
Managing director Gary Parker said: “The Government is making a very serious commitment to modular building and being named on the framework is massive for us.
“At a time when all businesses are having to deal with uncertainty, this will give us the confidence to create new jobs and invest in our people and facilities because of the potential value of the work.
“We’ve already taken on three more people in the past three weeks and we’re currently recruiting for new technical staff to help us remain at the forefront of innovation. We’re confident that more new jobs will follow, supported by projects through this framework.
“We’re also planning a major investment of up to £1m in our in-house manufacturing capability, including upgrading our pure steel manufacturing facility, which will make the business more self-sufficient. That’s on top of the £3m we have invested on this site over the past 18 months.
“In our fast-growing industry, it’s vital to keep investing in people and technology, so being a part of this framework will help us to secure the long-term future of the business.
“It’s also a great opportunity for our suppliers. Ninety per cent of them are based within 30 miles of our site, so by securing a pipeline of work, we’ll broaden and deepen our supply chain and give other local firms a chance to grow.”
The CCS framework has an estimated value of £495m over the next four years, beginning this month (May). Integra is one of 24 preferred suppliers, including major modular manufacturers such as Caledonian, McAvoy and Portakabin, alongside 19 small and medium enterprises.
Suppliers will be able to bid in up to seven “lots” to deliver projects across a wide range of sectors. Integra has been named in two lots – involving capital costs of up to £750,000 or hire costs of up to £150,000 (excluding education and healthcare); and capital costs from £750,000 to £3.5m or hire costs from £150,000 to £700,000.
The company already has a successful track record of delivering projects within other non-CCS frameworks, including a Football Foundation framework, which was created to improve facilities for grassroots football organisations, and ESPO (Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation), which provides procurement services to a wide range of public sector organisations, such as schools, the NHS and emergency services.
However, the new CCS framework is its first national, cross-sector modular building campaign – a potential step-change for the industry.
Chris Turner, commercial director at Integra Buildings, said: “There’s been nothing of the size of this framework in our industry before.
“The Government has recognised that offsite construction can help achieve best-value for taxpayers, not only in capital costs, but also running costs, by building facilities that are energy efficient and low maintenance.
“Our aim is always to engage with a client very early in the design process and work closely with them to develop a high-quality building solution that is competitive in pricing.
“That’s reflected in our strong track record for repeat business of about 70 per cent and being named on the framework will give us an opportunity to increase that still further.”
John Welch, deputy director of Construction Services at CCS, said: “CCS is really pleased to be able to provide the public sector with such a comprehensive solution to their temporary building requirements.
“The current generation of modular buildings are solid, well-insulated and can be appropriately specified – providing a quick, safe and cost-effective answer to our customers’ needs.
“Although we have put education and healthcare sector customers at the forefront of our framework design, this framework has been prepared to serve all aspects of central government and the wider public sector for their temporary and semi-permanent modular building requirements.”
Integra has built a strong reputation over more than 20 years for its innovative, bespoke approach to modular construction, meaning it can match the design of a building to a client’s specific needs.
To win its place on the CCS framework, the company was subjected to a rigorous assessment of factors such as its financial standing, health and safety record and product quality. Previous customers were contacted for references and the business also had to demonstrate commitment to cyber security by achieving accreditation from the Government-backed Cyber Essentials scheme.
“We’re immensely proud to be named on the framework,” said Mr Parker “Being involved alongside the likes of McAvoy, Portakabin and Caledonian is a real vote of confidence in Integra and our people. We’re now punching with the industry’s big hitters.”
Integra’s involvement in the framework is the latest in a string of successes for the fast-growing firm, which supplies modular buildings for a wide variety of uses, including sport, leisure, education, healthcare and commercial operations.
The company’s ever-growing reputation for excellence in product and project quality and delivery has driven rapid growth in turnover. Integra is forecasting revenues of £30m in 2019, an increase of almost £12m in just three years.
The company has been named one of the London Stock Exchange 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain and included in the Yorkshire Business Insider Growth 100 list of fast-growing businesses.