Premier Modular factory remains open and at capacity throughout COVID-19 pandemic
Despite the challenges of recent weeks, Premier Modular, one of the UK’s leading offsite and interim building specialists, has announced that its modular factory in East Yorkshire has remained open and at capacity throughout the current pandemic.
In the past month, Premier has recruited an additional 30 staff in its factory to help meet the rising demand for its modular building solutions.
Work has continued on all Premier sites during the pandemic, with the exception of just two projects which are now re-opening.
Eugenio de Sa, Managing Director of Premier Modular, said, “We have been able to meet our obligations to all our customers thanks to the resilience and flexibility of our teams across the business who have risen to the challenge and embraced the new ways of working. Our priority remains to keep our colleagues safe, particularly on site and in the factory – and to continue to serve our customers.”
“We were already in a positive position to weather this storm. Our financial performance is one of the strongest in the offsite sector, having grown the Premier business year-on-year for both permanent bespoke offsite solutions and interim buildings for hire.”
“Whilst the economic outlook remains very uncertain, we continue to receive a healthy level of enquiries across multiple sectors for permanent buildings – such as schools, residential and MOD, and particularly in education, construction and Covid-19 related healthcare for hire projects. Our project pipeline for both businesses is positive and encouraging.”
Premier has installed a new £2.2m school building in Nottingham during the lockdown and the project is currently ahead of programme. Work on a £9m MOD scheme in Lincolnshire is nearing completion and a new Immigration Hall at East Midlands Airport has just been handed over. This has doubled the size of the existing facility and will significantly enhance the arrivals experience for passengers.
In the last two months, Premier’s Hire Division has manufactured and delivered an average of 60 modules for interim buildings per week. The hire team has reacted rapidly to customer needs. Where sites had to close, the deliveries were re-scheduled and buildings stored to ensure a quick response when those sites re-open. Some projects have been accelerated to allow the programme implications of social distancing to be mitigated. A number of Premier buildings already on hire have either been reconfigured or expanded to help clients accommodate the new social distancing measures.
Premier has employed robust social distancing measures on site, in the factory and in its offices, responding at the earliest possible stage to all Covid-19 guidance.
These measures include daily toolbox talks for manufacturing and site teams, the opening of additional lanes in the factory, and expanding the team of cleaners to clean touchpoints more regularly in each working day. Working from home has also been encouraged where possible.