A new factory manufacturing modular homes and commercial buildings offsite and creating over 200 new jobs including apprenticeships, has opened in Shoreham-by-Sea.
The 83,000 square foot facility was acquired by Futureform, a property developer and specialist manufacturer of modular buildings, and has been transformed into a state-of-the art factory capable of manufacturing 1,000 three-bedroom houses every year.
Customers visiting the factory will be able to pick their home just as they would a new car. They can choose from a range of different house types, with life size show homes on display at the factory. Futureform is offering homes under the House Beautiful Homes brand, in a partnership with Hearst Group, owners of House Beautiful Magazine.
Futureform plan to invest heavily in the facility creating more than 200 skilled jobs with roles such as sales and support, architecture and design, planning, construction and logistics.
Steven Barrett, CEO and Managing Director of Futureform, said: “We have opened the UK’s first customer facing showroom for modular buildings here in Shoreham. With the housing crisis at the top of the political agenda, we want to revolutionise the way people buy homes in this country as well as developing sites more efficiently and sustainably using our market leading technology.
“We are already making a significant investment in the local area by creating a range of new jobs and taking on apprentices. We want to build on that and are currently talking to training providers both locally and across the UK about creating a framework of practical training provision specifically focused on the type of modular, off site construction that we specialise in. I am really pleased to see therefore that the field of technical apprenticeships is an area that the Government is supporting as part of their budget announcement this week and we hope that this will be an area of job training and creation that will grow and expand.”
Spanning London and the South East, Futureform has completed a range of mixed residential developments, student rooms and hotels over the last ten years – all built using its innovative modular construction techniques. The company was also responsible for the UK's first and tallest light gauge steel modular building, built at Wembley, London in 2012.
Futureform has been increasingly active in Brighton and was recently appointed by Brighton and Hove City Council to deliver affordable homes over three sites on a build and lease back contract.
The new factory and show room is located at 1 Free Wharf, Brighton Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 6RN. Visit www.futureformltd.com for more information or call 01273 465070 to book a consultation.