Leeds construction business develops net zero building system using MGP support | Manufacturing Growth Programme

Zero Carbon Workshop were set up to demonstrate the viability of zero-carbon homes in Yorkshire and surrounding areas. Zero Carbon Workshop have built a factory flow consistent with the lean principles and the 5 S’s.

Managing Director Kevin Pratt commented “Since setting up the workshop we have had considerable interest from York Council to engage in a scheme. We are also positioning ourselves to produce the envelope of a building and allow councils to view how the zero-carbon workshop can produce panels for the envelope at a viable price whilst providing quality assurance and effective communication through ISO 9001 and 19650”.

The UK government has pledged their commitment to building zero carbon homes, this has spurred the business on to achieve their growth ambitions. As such, they are currently aiding the construction of 20 homes for Pure Acre Park in Drighlington in Bradford.

Through the Manufacturing Growth Programme, the business was able to access grant funding towards the cost of designing the factory layout, determining the equipment required and developing their manufacturing processes. The Programme also helped them identify the right consultants to assist with establishing the ISOs and the BOPAS (Built Offsite Production Assurance Scheme) accreditation that they wish to implement.

David Whiteley, Manufacturing Growth Manager in the Leeds city region stated; “This is a pre revenue company in a market that will experience high growth which is driven by government targets and regulations. The company projects to turnover £500K in its first 6 months and they have secure £200K of funding from external investors. MGP has provided them with 2 projects to help the company enter manufacturing”.

Since the project with MGP, Zero Carbon Workshop has created new employment opportunities and plan to put in place a process for developing a culture which nurtures and develops new recruits. Their plans are to secure contracts with Councils to deliver the zero-carbon timber framed envelope.

Managing Director Kevin Pratt stated; “The grant has helped us with improving the efficiency and reducing the cost of the build system. MGP is an excellent initiative which boosts the economy through identifying and working with companies looking to make an impact in the manufacturing business.”

The business is currently in conversation with Councils in and around the region who have ambitions to build to a low energy standard.

More details on Zero Carbon Workshop will be available at www.purehaus.co.uk