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2 minute read - 21st June 2022

TopHat to open new modular housing factory in Corby

Modular house builder, TopHat, is set to open a new 650,000 sq. ft production facility in Corby in 2023. This major investment builds on the success of TopHat’s existing site in Derby (pictured below), which already produces up to 800 homes per year.

The new Northamptonshire facility, which is equivalent to 11 football pitches in size, will bring together the latest robotics and TopHat’s proprietary technology to manufacture and distribute up to 4,000 homes per year. One thousand new, green economy jobs across a wide range of roles will be created and a training academy will be established in partnership with local colleges.

TopHat is at the forefront of a house-building revolution, applying robotics and lean manufacturing techniques to increase housing supply, improve quality, reduce costs and protect the environment. TopHat’s homes are low-carbon to build and ultra-low energy to run, significantly reducing living costs at a time of very high energy prices and into the future.

TopHat is to open Europe’s largest modular housing factory in Corby, creating 1,000 new jobs / Picture: TopHat

TopHat’s unique technology platform, advanced robotics and innovative brick facade combine to create endless design possibilities without the high costs and loss of efficiency that are often associated with high levels of variation. TopHat can even offer end-buyers the opportunity to customise their homes through its Homes Configurator, much as they would configure a new car.

The new Corby facility will be the anchor tenant in the new Magna Park site being developed by GLP, a leading global logistics development manager, as part of a multi-million-pound investment in the site. Construction will begin later in the year, with the facility expected to be delivering its first homes by the end of 2023.

Jordan Rosenhaus, CEO and founder of TopHat, said: “TopHat’s new facility will increase our capacity to over 4,500 homes a year. Our homes are designed to be beautiful and green, being low-carbon to build and much cheaper to run. TopHat is playing a leading role in transforming home building in the UK, improving quality, reducing costs and protecting the environment. We are also delighted to be creating 1,000 new jobs in Corby supported by a major investment in training through the TopHat Academy.”

The new factory is expected to be operational in 2023 and produce 4,000 homes per year / Picture: TopHat

James Atkinson, Development Director of GLP, added: “We are delighted that TopHat will be the anchor tenant for our new Magna Park in Corby bringing not only investment and jobs to the local community but also delivering innovative new homes which will be an important part of our future.”

Charles Spicer, industrial and logistics director at Savills, who advised TopHat on the acquisition, said: “We were delighted to have delivered this result for TopHat, which is the largest manufacturing deal to complete so far this year. TopHat are an innovative occupier in a new market sector, which is particularly exciting news for the wider industrial market.”

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