Innovative modular housebuilder, CoreHaus, is opening its first UK manufacturing site at a County Durham business park as part of its scale-up plans.
CoreHaus has secured its new 20,000 sq ft unit at Jade Business Park, in Murton near Seaham, and recruited a highly skilled team to start production of its unique modular homes, which have already been successfully trialled in the region.
Jade Business Park is a 55-acre employment site next to the A19, close to Dalton Park, and is set to provide over 1 million sq ft of new employment space and over 2,500 jobs.
The park is owned by Durham County Council, managed by Business Durham, the economic development arm of the council and developed by Highbridge Properties PLC.
CoreHaus, which joins Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems Europe at Jade Business Park, will now be able to expand production and perform a greater scope of work including the assembly of steel frames that are central to its modular homes. The company’s five-year plan will see CoreHaus producing 1,000 modular homes a year, resulting in more than 100 people working across the business.
The company’s unit is part of the first phase of Jade Business Park, which was completed this summer, delivering a total of seven new industrial units, equivalent to 155,000 sq ft of new space for distribution, technology, and advanced manufacturing businesses.
Managing director of CoreHaus, Scott Bibby, said: “With such a great facility situated in the heart of the North East and at such a competitive rate, it made perfect sense to set up our manufacturing site at Jade Business Park.
“County Durham has a highly skilled and rich labour market which we have already begun to take advantage of, this has allowed us to employ a diverse, highly competent and experienced team from the surrounding area which will allow best practice from multiple industries to be deployed into our products.
“As a social enterprise the generation of social value is highly important to us. To support this and key to our success will be establishing a robust, local supply chain and the further creation of training and employment opportunities which will include technical highly skilled jobs and apprenticeships for our innovative product in a growing market.
“The support from Business Durham and the Council has been fantastic so far, we look forward to strengthening this relationship and building upon it further in the future.”