AECB News : Beattie Passive Flying Factory formally opened at Graven Hill, Bicester.

Factory employs local labour and uses local supply chains.

Beattie Passive and Graven Hill Development Company are proud to announce the formal opening of the Beattie Passive Flying Factory at Graven Hill by Mr Richard Bacon, MP, Right to Build Task Force Ambassador.

Officially opened on Monday September 18th 2017, the Flying Factory, located on the Custom Build Site, will be building Passivhaus standard housing, with offsite manufacture and employing a local labour force.

Beattie Passive’s Flying Factory at Graven Hill, Bicester has started manufacturing the first open market terraces on the Custom Build site for the Graven Hill Development Company.

The Flying Factory at Graven Hill will be manufacturing the majority of the Beattie Passive homes on the site, commencing with 9, three-bed terraces. Not only does having the factory located on site speed up delivery but importantly enables Beattie Passive, a Norfolk based company, to employ local labour and utilise local supply chains in Oxfordshire, therefore providing a positive multiplier effect for the local economy.

Beattie Passive have an award winning, innovative offsite timber frame build technology that guarantees the performance of Passivhaus, the gold standard of energy efficient buildings. The highly flexible, high performance system simply delivers energy efficient homes in any design, shape or style. The patented build system delivers beyond the performance standards set for Graven Hill, and all units will be built to Beattie Passive’s exacting standards and certified by the Passivhaus Institute. Working at Graven Hill, Beattie Passive will be delivering a range of 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom terraces, coach houses and bespoke designed homes for individual Self-build clients.

Karen Curtin, Graven Hill’s managing director said: “Graven Hill is an innovative project which is committed to benefitting the local community. Not only will it deliver 1900 homes but will provide employment opportunities during the build and beyond. I am delighted that the arrival of the Flying Factory heralds a new chapter for us. Having this facility on site will increase the speed of delivery of our exciting Tailored Finished terraced homes allowing their new owners to live at the development even sooner than expected.”

Beattie Passive Flying Factory Offering

Beattie Passive’s Flying Factory offering enables organisations to deliver their your own Passivhaus Standard housing with offsite manufacture and rapid onsite assembly / erection. The factory provides many benefits in its use, including faster delivery times due to the ability to locate the factory on or close to the build site and reduced costs as there is no need to transport panels across the country. One of the key benefits is that local labour or subcontractors (including DLOs) can be trained to manufacture and erect Passivhaus.

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