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Integra Buildings announces further investment & new jobs
An East Yorkshire manufacturer will create new jobs and make a further investment 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 10 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.
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, added: “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.”
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.