The new modular construction factory will enable Green Unit to significantly boost production as well as improve efficiency by up to 75%
The new Green Unit factory is a converted hangar providing 25,000 sq ft of space, just six miles south of Oxford next to the Culham Science Centre in the heart of the Science Vale.
Demand for Green Unit’s ARC brand buildings has grown across a range of sectors where they are being used, such as healthcare, education, commercial use and holiday accommodation.
The construction methods and unique design make them both versatile and ultra-low carbon.
As a sustainable construction company, Green Unit ensures that its production processes are as green as possible, using local contractors and suppliers wherever possible, and the factory itself will be powered by 100% renewable energy.
Green Unit has also been awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) through Innovate UK to work closely with Oxford Brookes University over 30 months to develop and then produce serious sustainable elements. A key outcome of this is to reach net zero carbon status on Green Unit’s ARC buildings by 2025.
Revolutionise Green Unit’s production space
Jonathan Finnerty, managing director at Green Unit, said: “The factory opening really does revolutionise Green Unit’s production space and, as such, our capacity to deliver more units to our key markets.
“Investment by Beard Construction in October 2020 unlocked the funding necessary to develop the factory site. As part of that, we have been able to invest in specialist machinery to streamline some of our processes and create the kind of facility we simply did not have the space for previously.
“We’ve worked hard to create the demand we now have for our product, and with a serious sales pipeline emerging it certainly feels a long way from building in agricultural units.”
Mark Beard, chairman of Beard, added: “It’s a really important step for Green Unit to take with the opening of this new facility, which will significantly increase their capacity for production.
“This is a young, innovative company which is committed to tackling the challenges of climate change through innovation and creative design, which very much aligns with our own ethos.
“Offsite and modular construction methods are being increasingly used in our industry, and so we could see a real opportunity for key learnings on both sides of the partnership with the investment we made in the business.
“In construction we have a real opportunity to make a positive difference to climate change by committing to more sustainable methods of working. That is why we are proud to be part of Green Unit’s exciting future and look forward to seeing the factory up and running.”