New jobs created as construction firm Integra joins £500m scheme

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 13 May 2019

New jobs will be coming to East Yorkshire as a construction firm announced it had joined a £500m Government building initiative.

Integra Buildings, based in Paull, is one of 24 companies chosen to support the Modular Buildings Solutions framework – a four-year project to construct new public sector buildings.

Securing the prestigious place on the list of suppliers will see Integra invest £1m in its facility at Paull, and create at least 10 new jobs over the next year.

Integra constructs buildings at its purpose-built facility, before transporting them to the site in modular pieces and assembling them together.

Gary Parker, managing director, said: “The Government is making a very serious commitment to modular building and being named on the framework is massive for us.

Integra Buildings Directors, from left, Chris Turner, Gary Parker, Paul Tansey, John Drescher, Matt Fortnum and Mike Marriott (Meehan Media & Comms)

“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.”

Integra’s inclusion in the framework is the latest in a string of successes for the fast-growing firm.

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The company - which supplies modular buildings for sectors including sport, leisure, education and healthcare – has forecasted revenues of £30m in 2019; an increase of almost £12m in just three years.

The company was also named one of the London Stock Exchange 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain.

Mr Parker said: “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.

A welder at work in one of Integra Buildings’ busy factory units (Meehan Media & Comms)

“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.”

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The CCS framework has an estimated value of £495m over the next four years.

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 to deliver projects across a wide range of sectors.

Chris Turner, commercial director at Integra Buildings, said: “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.

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“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.”

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