Beattie Passive undergoes significant factory expansion to greatly ramp up capacity

Beattie Passive undergoes significant factory expansion to greatly ramp up capacity

Leading Passivhaus design and construction company Beattie Passive has successfully expanded into a significantly larger facility in Norwich, to greatly ramp up production of their signature Passivhaus standard modular homes for clients across the UK, creating 80+ new jobs in the process.

Beattie Passive, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of advanced Passivhaus standard homes, has recently expanded into a significantly larger site, which will allow them to ramp up production to meet an ever-increasing number of orders. We were very happy to welcome Local MP for Norwich South, Clive Lewis, to the new site on the 15th October 2020.

To support this expansion, 50 new jobs have so far been created at a variety of levels, from apprentices to skilled carpenters and factory management and support roles. Work began immediately on the first wave of 150+ modular pods for multiple clients throughout the UK with many of these going to clients in Wales. The company will be looking to hire another 30-50 people throughout the remainder of 2020 as they increase production. Beattie Passive are passionate about skills development and training; therefore all employees undergo a rigorous training programme to build the necessary skills to deliver Passivhaus standard housing. Beattie Passive are not only providing a positive impact on the local community through significant employment, but are also sourcing materials and subcontract suppliers for the modular homes from local supply chains wherever possible. This combined is leading to positive economic and social benefits for the local community.

The factory will be manufacturing Beattie Passive’s Haus4 range from Haus4Studio’s, Haus4one and Haus4two through to 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom volumetric apartments. The Haus4 range offers modular, relocatable homes that can meet the clients immediate housing requirements, whilst delivering both the exceptional performance of Passivhaus and the higher quality of a Beattie Passive build. Beattie Passive have seen a considerable increase in demand for their Haus4 range since the outbreak of Covid-19, due to the increasing pressure on Housing Association and Councils to find housing solutions for the growing homelessness population.

Ron Beattie, Managing Director, said “Following considerable time and investment in R&D we are delighted to have moved to a larger facility to start delivering our modular solution at scale. This is the first of a number of large scale Beattie Passive factories across the UK and we are excited for the opportunity to not only deliver high quality Passivhaus standard housing at scale but also for the employment, training and positive economic and social benefits this will bring to the local areas.

Cardiff Council Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: “[Cardiff] Council is extremely pleased to be working with Beattie Passive to provide innovative and sustainable solutions to help tackle housing need in the city.

“We’ve made excellent progress in supporting people who’ve been homeless over the last few months and our vision for services for the future is now taking shape very quickly. Beattie Passive’s modular solutions provide a fast and effective response for our plans, including provision for a potential increase in family homelessness.

“The flexibility of this fully demountable system means they can be moved elsewhere in the future if required, enabling us to respond to changing housing need over time.”

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