Thursday, March 21, 2019

Another British Modular Home Factory Opens in Cheshire

Modular builder Project Etopia has partnered with panelized construction firm 4wall on 50,000 sq ft factory in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, which it says will be able to generate five three-bed homes a day.

England views modular a little different than we do here in the US. We tend to call what they do prefab meaning the components are sent to the job site and erected rather than full finished modules.

However, it is a little hard to tell if going full modular is really part of their future plans or will it continue to just build panels.

The team has planned a factory expansion to include two additional machines, which would increase production to 6,000 units per year. Project Etopia is currently building 47 modular eco homes for Corby in Northamptonshire.

After a year of operation, the facility is expected to create 120 full time jobs with that number going up to 250 within two years.

Joseph Daniels, Project Etopia chief executive, said: “This is an exciting and important milestone for us that will help us achieve our ambition to produce 21,500 eco-modular homes by 2025. This is a critical time for house building in the UK with homes still not being built quickly enough, locking millions of people out of the property market.

“Our modular homes can be built incredibly quickly, and still be given a luxury finish, smart technology and sustainability features as standard.”

He added: “By providing environment-friendly, affordable houses which can be built in a matter of days, we want to make it possible for everyone to own their own home but without killing the planet. Living in a modular home is no longer a compromise.”

If a British modular builder teaming up with a panelized wall manufacturer can aim at producing 6,000 a year, what in the world is holding US companies back?

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