The Rt Hon Stephen Byers MP, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry will launch SPACE4, the first ever UK factory that actually builds houses. The SPACE4 launch will take place on April 27 at Castle Bromwich.
‘Space4 is a revolutionary new process for building traditional homes to higher standards of quality, precision and energy efficiency devised following five years of research, in collaboration with the Warwick Manufacturing Group at the University of Warwick ‘ said Robin Davies, Westbury plc’s director of SPACE4.
‘We have invested over £10 million in this new process, the largest ever investment in new technology by a UK house builder. SPACE4 components are made in a patented manufacturing process to create a unique high performance wall and floor system,’ said Davies. ‘Quality control standards applied rigorously in the factory provide precision products for rapid assembly. We can build a weatherproof and secure structure including doors, roof and windows anywhere in the UK within 48 hours.’
The homes are completed using traditional materials such as brick or stone for external cladding and the greater accuracy of the internal shell is said to allow a superior standard of interior finish.
‘This new process incorporates all of the new thinking in manufacturing, from the use of e-business techniques and just-time logistics to the use of new materials,’ said principal researcher Rajat Roy of the Warwick Manufacturing Group at the University of Warwick. ‘I am delighted to see all of these ideas taken out of the laboratory and put into practice. This is genuinely a revolution in house building’.
According to a statement, the factory has been fitted out with plant and equipment that will produce structural insulated wall panels, floor cassettes and internal walls for over 5000 homes per annum. It will also provide over 150 new jobs in the Midlands and a further 100 assembly jobs on sites throughout England and Wales.