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HUNDREDS of jobs could be created with the launch of an innovative new company in east Hull.
Factory Homes Ltd has been established to meet the booming demand for affordable, low-carbon housing.
Situated in Hedon Road, just opposite King George Dock, the company is to create modular houses that can be transported throughout the country, or even further afield.
A prototype of a Factory Homes' timber-framed modular house was completed in March last year, complete with traditional brick skin and a site-constructed roof.
Since then, a team of employees has been travelling across the UK and Europe to carry out research and establish the demand for its products.
They have also been working on a scaleable business plan, to establish exact costings and staffing levels required for the new venture, and to value-engineer the product and ensure the system required is entirely suitable for manufacturing in a modern factory.
Now, after receiving Q-Mark Certification by BM Trada – one of the most rigorous certification processes available for construction products – the company is ready to start production.
Director Graham Kemp said: "We have already had about 25 enquiries from developers and housebuilders from as far afield as Scotland and Manchester to Sweden and Switzerland. Fundamentally, it has been people finding us rather than the other way around.
"The prospect of houses being constructed in Hull and then shipped to Norway is, I think, a great thing for the company and for the city.
"We are now going through a costing exercise. However, we couldn't do anything until we had the correct certification. Anybody can build a house but without this, they cannot sell or insure it, so this is a big milestone."
The Q-Mark Certification was presented to Factory Homes by Lord Prescott, a vocal supporter of the need for low-carbon, affordable housing.
He said: "It is really great to see world-class product being manufactured in Hull.
"This energy-efficient housing solution is what is needed to increase the delivery of affordable housing in the UK. Congratulations to Graham and his team."
Rupert Scott, marketing manager for TRADA Technology, said: "We are delighted to present this certificate to Factory Homes and to see the fantastic innovation this modular housing solution employs."
Factory Homes Ltd forms part of the SCAID Investments group of companies – the same group behind Willerby Holiday Homes.
As the UK's largest manufacturer of holiday homes and lodges, Willerby Holiday Homes has vast experience in factory-based manufacturing and in 2008 was awarded the UK Manufacturer of the Year Award.
Mr Kemp said: "Scaid group has significant experience in manufacturing and the group dates back to 1946.
"Willerby Holiday Homes was awarded the very prestigious manufacturer of the year award in 2008 against very serious competition, due to its significant efforts and investment towards changing the organisation's culture to 'lean manufacturing'.
"These cutting-edge concepts of world class manufacturing, which are now part of the group culture, are of course borrowed from the car industry, but when you apply the principles of 'Kaizen' (continuous improvement), '5s' (workplace organisation), and 'root cause analysis' to housing module manufacture, you end up with a very efficient process and high-quality cost-effective product."
Factory Homes is based on a site previously used by Willerby Holiday Homes during busy periods.
Now fully refurbished and with new machinery in place, the site is ready to start production
Mr Kemp said the idea for Factory Homes came following a request from a Willerby Holiday Homes customer.
He said: "About three or four years ago, Willerby was looking to diversify because of the volatility of the holiday home market. A number of customers approached us about building houses for them.
"As we were looking to diversify, modular housing was a logical step. Our estimations suggest we will manufacture about 350 houses a year, however within five years we would be looking to increase this number to 600-plus.
"In the first year, we will be looking at staffing levels of about 100, however we see that figure growing organically, up to between 300 and 400."