Actavo is go! More than 30 jobs created as Hull factory opens

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 5 Jul 2017

MORE than 30 jobs have been created in Hull thanks to the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Freightliner Road.

Over the past three years, Actavo has been the country’s fastest- growing modular building company.

It has today expanded its UK presence with the opening of a new 120,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in the city, initially creating 33 jobs. 

The new factory will produce bespoke, state-of-the-art modular accommodation for a variety of sectors, including education, healthcare, construction, commercial, rail and defence. 

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Roger Hastie, chief executive officer  of Actavo’s Structural Division, said:  “Today’s opening takes place against the backdrop of a revolution in the building industry, where modern methods of construction are increasingly being embraced. 

“Faster, cost-effective and more flexible, there is now a groundswell of support for modular construction’s ability to address many of the challenges we face in terms of supply and demand for accommodation in both the public and private sectors. 

“We look forward to operating from our new Hull base and to playing an active role in the locality in the years ahead.”  

Actavo specialises in sectors including power generation, marine, petrochemical, nuclear, home energy, satellite and telecommunications. 

It is also a major player in the education, healthcare, events services, civil engineering, water and construction sectors.

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The international engineering solutions company operates in more than 100 locations worldwide. 

With a workforce of more than 6,000, Actavo’s global workforce delivers network, in-home,  
industrial, hire  and sales, building and event solutions to some of the world’s leading  companies. 

Matthew Goff, operations director for Actavo Building Solutions, said Hull’s critical mass of industry, together with the area’s skilled workforce, were key reasons for choosing the city for its latest facility.

He said: “Actavo is delighted to be establishing its new manufacturing facility and generating employment here in Hull. 

“Initially, 33  jobs are being created, and this number will rise over the next 12 months. 

“As a business, we have always sought to lead from the front. 

“In addition to being the UK’s fastest-growing modular building company for 2014, 2015 and 2016, we were one of the first modular building companies to fully implement BIM Level 2 into our business.” 

Sean Corkery, chairman and chief executive officer of Actavo,  said: “As a company involved in many different sectors and geographies, we are extremely proud of the phenomenal growth of Actavo Buildings in the UK in recent years. 

“While the attention today is understandably on construction and innovative design techniques, essentially our primary focus is on people – the thousands of families, workers, teachers, pupils, students, healthcare professionals, patients, defence force members and others who will benefit from using these modular buildings in the future.”  

David Garness, managing director of Hull property firm Garness Jones, said: “We assisted Actavo with their move to Tickton in 2016 and again, as the fully- retained agents for the Freightliner Road site, when their rapid expansion led to the need for larger premises. 

“We also acted for the previous occupiers of the Freightliner Road site, Kingston Modular Systems, with regard to their relocation to Stockholm Road in Hull. 

“We’re delighted to have played a part in the ongoing success of Actavo and to have been able to meet the changing requirements of both companies.”

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