Basildon set to see jobs and homes boost as Swan Housing Association takes keys to new factory

Swan Housing Association is delighted to announce they have officially taken the keys to their new factory in Basildon, as they anticipate the delivery of over 500 new homes and 40 new jobs for the Borough.

Swan Group’s CEO John Synnuck was joined today by both the Leader and the Chief Executive of Basildon Council for the official key exchange at the factory in Prologis Park, Basildon, where the visiting dignitaries were also given a tour of the 74,850 square foot facility.

The Factory, which marks another key milestone in Swan’s continued investment in the Borough, will produce high quality modular housing. Initially this will be for Beechwood in Basildon as part of Swan’s £100m regeneration of the former 1960’s Craylands Estate which it is delivering in partnership with Basildon Borough Council and the Homes and Communities Agency.

The Factory will generate up to 40 local jobs and support the economy within Basildon, part of Swan Group’s core geographical base. It will build local and national expertise in manufacturing and support the UK modular industry. At full capacity it will be able to deliver over 300 homes a year.

Built using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) Swan will deliver a high-quality, new homes under their newly created ‘NU build’ brand. CLT is a sustainable construction material which utilises soft wood timber grown in managed forests. It’s tough, long lasting and used widely throughout Europe and the USA to construct homes. CLT is sustainable as the forests are managed so that every tree used is replaced and also because when used in construction, it locks away carbon rather than omitting further carbon as happens during traditional construction processes.

As it stands, Swan expects construction of the modular housing to launch in early summer with the first homes delivered to Beechwood in the Autumn. Swan will begin advertising the jobs available at the factory within the next few weeks. Jobs will include carpentry, electrical installation and plumbing roles.

John Synnuck, Swan’s Chief Executive, said: At Swan we understand that the desperate need for quality new homes. We believe that off-site construction methods will enable us to deliver these much needed homes quickly, designed to a high specification and with reduced impact on both local residents and the environment. We are excited to be early adopters in the UK of this this new way of working and to be continuing our long term investment in Basildon”.

Geoff Pearce, Executive Director Development and Regeneration, said: “Swan is truly committed to delivering innovation. Off-site construction is commonly used overseas and the homes are indistinguishable from ones that are built using more traditional methods. We already have our own in-house skilled construction team and so, as both the constructor and developer of the homes, we are perfectly placed to manage the process of building homes off-site efficiently and to the highest standards. We are convinced that this method will enable us to deliver modern high quality homes that people will want to live in, whilst supporting the economy in our core geographical base, building local and national expertise in manufacturing and supporting the UK modular industry”.

Cllr Phil Turner, Leader of Basildon Council said: “The development of this state-of-the-art factory is great news for the borough for so many reasons. Swan’s investment is creating dozens of jobs for our residents and will help ensure hundreds of high quality homes are built across Basildon borough. By working in partnership with Swan, we are already achieving great things, such as the regeneration of the Craylands Estate. This factory demonstrates Swan’s long-term commitment to the borough and we look forward to continued partnership work in the future.”

Bala Mahendran, Chief Executive, Basildon Council said: “Swan’s decision to choose Basildon as the location for this facility is testament to the borough’s growing status as a prime location for growing businesses. Basildon Council is committed to facilitating economic growth in the area and this show of commitment from Swan is a sure sign that we are heading in the right direction. The council has built a successful and longstanding relationship of working with Swan as development partners, which I am sure will continue to thrive in the long term.”

Added 01 February 2017