Integra’s £3m expansion to create 18 jobs
Integra Buildings, Paull, East Yorkshire
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 19 Oct 2017
Modular specialist Integra Buildings is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with a raft of major new contracts as it moves forward with ambitious expansion plans which will create 18 jobs.
The East Yorkshire firm, which designs and manufactures modular buildings, has seen rapid growth on the back of completing two of its most prestigious projects - a £2.4m education block for Wellington College in Berkshire, one of the world’s leading coeducational day and boarding schools, and a £2.1m project for Mencap in Leeds.
Integra operates from two sites east of Hull, at Burstwick and Paull. With production running at full capacity at both sites, the company is executing a £3m growth strategy to take the business to the next level.
It means Integra marks 20 years in business in buoyant mood, with the company recording a record turnover of £18.6m in 2016 and forecasting revenues of £21m this year.
It’s all very different from when managing director Gary Parker and a handful of colleagues launched Integra in 1997, initially building two units a week.
Mr Parker said: “We started small but we believed in the business and the industry and we had a passion to be successful. We’ve always focused on taking the company forward.
“A key to our success has been always keeping strong cash reserves in the business. That has given us control of our own destiny.
“We’ve been cautious with our money, but ambitious for the business. Our expansion has been consistent, but controlled.
“We’ve put ourselves in a good position. Our financial stability has given us the capacity to seize opportunities to grow and also given clients confidence to trust us with ever larger projects.”
Integra has also secured approved and favoured contractor status on six frameworks with local government and public sector organisations across the country.
Commercial director Chris Turner is a prime example of Integra’s commitment to supporting its people to grow and succeed, having started with the company 15 years ago as an apprentice.
Mr Turner said: “Our industry isn’t known for longevity of employment, but we’ve stood by our employees and supported their development and they’ve stood by us. That has paid dividends in retaining knowledge, skills and commitment to doing a great job for our clients.
“Even during the worst of the recession we had just a couple of redundancies and some short-time working. Other than that brief period, our staff have had the confidence of working for a company that has grown consistently – in the past three years we have taken on 20 more people and our current expansion plans will create at least 18 new jobs.”
The plans involve consolidating all Integra’s functions in a single, fit-for-purpose operation at Paull, following the purchase of six acres at that site for £1.6m, adding it to 2.5 acres the company previously owned and operated there. The acquisition is being followed by a further investment of £1.4m in new facilities.
Integra has now secured planning permission for a new, two-storey modular office block at the heart of the Paull site.
The offices will include dedicated training areas, a business lounge and meeting rooms, which will also be available to clients and suppliers. The new facility is scheduled to open in April 2018, allowing Integra to vacate the Burstwick site.