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Construction Starts on Braintree Factory for British Offsite

05 Jan Construction Starts on Braintree Factory for British Offsite

British Offsite, the specialist build-off-site manufacturing and construction company, has started construction of its new 137,000 sqft build-off-site factory at the Horizon 120 Business Park in Great Notley, Braintree, scheduled to open in late 2022, which will provide the latest in high-tech off-site manufacturing, constructed to just-in-time automotive manufacturing standards and offering high levels of robotics on the assembly points.

British Offsite held a groundbreaking ceremony at the new factory site attended by Shaun Weston, Managing Director of British Offsite, Bob Weston, Chairman & CEO of Weston Group, parent company and client, David Warburton, Managing Director of The Marshgate Group (developer of Horizon 120) and Steve Blight, Managing Director of BPC Land & New Homes, a land acquisition and sales advisor of British Offsite and Weston Homes.

British Offsite sells its exterior building and interior fitout components to housebuilders, builders and contractors in the construction sector, with clients including parent company Weston Group.

Once complete and fully operational the new British Offsite factory and facility at Horizon 120 will employ up to 80 people and will be used to manufacture and distribute building components that British Offsite sell to the new homes industry including the company’s UniPanel system range includes light gauge panels, walls, roofs and floors alongside internal fitout modules, under the BOS Fitout brand, including bathroom components, kitchen and bedroom products.

The new factory’s £6 million production line is being delivered by Swedish partner Randek AB and will boast a host of new machinery, automation and productivity solutions of which British Offsite will be the first customer in the UK to receive.

All of the British Offsite products are designed to be easily integrated into existing projects, with full quality control testing before elements reach site. British Offsite was established in in January 2019 and the new Braintree building will be an expansion of the company’s existing 75,000 sqft factory facility and head office at the nearby Skyline Industrial Estate, enabling British Offsite to dramatically expand the size and complexity of its operations and output.

The new British Offsite facility will form part of the 65 acre Horizon 120 business park, a development by The Marshgate Group, in partnership with Braintree District Council, which is located off the A131 at Great Notley and offers light manufacturing and distribution spaces providing up to 2,000 jobs in manufacturing, logistics, enterprise and innovation.

Shaun Weston, Managing Director of British Offsite says: “We are pleased to have started construction of our new build-off-site manufacturing and distribution centre at Horizon 120 in Braintree which will form a key part of our strategic expansion plans for British Offsite. This new state-of-the-art facility will be one of the largest of its kind within the UK property industry, with one of the most advanced light-gauge steel assembly lines in Europe, meaning we can deliver precise products more quickly for our customers.”

British Offsite has recently completed in record time the construction and topping out of the 14 storey (50 metre high) £53 million (GDV) Victoria Central apartment building in Southend-on-Sea using the firm’s highly advanced factory built UniPanel system, the envelope of the tower completed in 30% less time than using traditional building methods.

The UniPanel system is NHBC Accepts accredited and system components are carefully selected for all relevant accreditation compliance. The product range is attractively priced with Internals pricing starting at £1,500 for bathrooms to be installed, from £500 for wardrobes installed and £1,200 for quartz kitchen worktops installed. All other products and service pricing is subject to specification and project-specific details. Through their significant investment in state- of-the-art machinery and precision engineering, British Offsite offers considerable design flexibility and ensures all products are fully built in-house with exceptional accuracy and consistent quality.

Customer satisfaction is at the core of the British Offsite business and the company’s dedicated team works with customers to guide them through all stages of design, production, delivery and installation through to the end of the home warranty period. The company prides itself on providing end-to-end collaboration and communication to ensure a seamless journey for the housebuilder or contractor client.