Fast-growing modular construction business Integra Buildings today announced plans for a major expansion of its East Yorkshire base.
Integra is in the final stages of acquiring six acres of land next to its site in Paull, east of Hull, and has submitted plans to East Riding of Yorkshire Council to incorporate this area into its operations. The development of the land will increase the Integra site footprint to over 14 acres and create room to meet the award-winning company’s current and future needs.
The expansion will create 20 new jobs, secure Integra’s future on the site as one of the leading employers in the Holderness area and is key to the management’s ambitions to double revenues to £60m within three years. The land has been earmarked for a new production facility as well as storage, loading and dispatch areas.
Managing Director Gary Parker said: “We need more room to deliver our current projects, service our very healthy order book and continue our growth. We’re already bursting at the seams much of the time.
“It’s also absolutely essential to maintain operations on a single site, for operational efficiency and to maintain our competitiveness. The expansion of our current site, where we have already invested millions in facilities, is the perfect solution.
“This is great news for our employees and our supply chain, the vast majority of which is within East Yorkshire, as well as creating 20 new skilled and semi-skilled production jobs for local people.”
Integra is an award-winning designer and manufacturer of bespoke modular buildings and is at the forefront of the UK’s rapidly-expanding offsite construction sector.
Integra’s ever-growing customer base ranges from major construction companies, to local authorities and other public sector bodies. The business designs and constructs modular units to each client’s specific requirements at Paull, before delivering the buildings and installing them on sites across the UK.
The expansion will mark the latest chapter in Integra’s remarkable growth, which has accelerated following the consolidation of operations at Paull.
Integra has invested more than £3m transforming its operations at the Paull site, including a state-of-the-art office building, which was self-built on site using cutting-edge modular construction techniques and serves as a showcase for the quality of facilities the business creates for clients.
Integra’s turnover has grown significantly in recent years, driven by the company’s reputation for quality, project performance and innovation. Revenues have risen from £18.6m in 2016, before the investments at the Paull site, to a projected £30m-plus in the current year.
The workforce has also grown strongly, from 86 directly-employed staff in 2017 to 117 today. Employment growth has included an apprenticeship programme which will be boosted by six new apprentices joining the business next month.
Integra’s development has been supported by a very close working relationship over many years with East Riding Council. The local authority has provided practical advice and guidance to the company on a number of issues, including developing a successful funding bid to the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growing the Humber programme to assist the company’s investments at Paull.
Integra has consulted with East Riding Council’s planning department prior to submission of the application for change of use of the land and development of the new production facility.
Pending planning permission, Integra intends to begin work integrating the land into its site in six months. Mr Parker, who launched Integra with a handful of colleagues in 1997, added: “This latest major investment is critical to future-proofing the business and to our ambitions to accelerate our growth.
Our ambition is to double our turnover to become a £60m business within the next three years and having the space to grow is vital to realising that potential.
This is a landmark moment in the development of the company and we’re very excited by the opportunity to move to the next level.
Integra has developed a nationwide reputation for excellence in the design, construction and fit-out of modular buildings for a wide range of uses, including education, sport, leisure, healthcare and commercial operations.
Locally, Integra has also enjoyed a growing profile. Last year Integra claimed the prestigious title of Large Business of the Year at the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards, in the first year it qualified for this category. Just two years before it was named Medium-Sized Business of the Year in the same awards.