Wednesday, December 12, 2018

4 Steps Forward, One Step Back for British Modular Industry

The news in British media these days is the same as we’ve seen here. Modular, Modular and more Modular is needed as demand is high and output just doesn’t seem to be able to keep up.

However it's not from a lack of trying. Here are 4 new factories rushing in to fill the needs of England with projected numbers from one of these plants approaching 5,000 housing units. And sadly we have one factory that just couldn't keep their head above water.

Here is the latest news about those factories.

The Berkeley Group plans to start building modular homes from its factory in north Kent once the facility is operational in 2020.

The housebuilder said the core building of the factory is expected to be completed next year, with production to follow in 2020 once fit-out is complete.

The facility will employ more than 200 people and Berkeley said it planned to set up an apprenticeship scheme with a local college to help people get experience of working in modular manufacturing.

Ilke, which supplies housing associations, volume developers and small builders was the first to start production in Yorkshire. Its assembly line, which has 20 stations, aims to make 2,000 new homes a year within the next two years with plans to scale up to 5,000 homes a year by 2023.

It is also keen to support the local economy so the kitchens and windows are from Yorkshire, as are the steel frames, which are made in Scarborough.

Legal and General, which has a 550,000 sq ft modular housing factory in Sherburn-in-Elmet, recently delivered its first home to a site in the South East and has capacity to make 3,500 homes a year.

Meantime over in Leeds, developer Citu has opened a smaller-scale factory to make contemporary houses and flats for its Climate Innovation District development on Leeds’ South Bank.

It would seem it’s all bluebirds and sunshine for England’s modular home industry but there was a dark cloud as Carbon Dynamic, which specialized in the design and manufacture of low-energy pre-fabricated homes and commercial buildings, filed bankruptcy after running into cash flow problems.

All things considered, it hasn't been a bad year for modular housing in England. Can’t wait to see what the near future has in store for them.

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