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 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.
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.