Meanwhile, timber-frame maker Stewart Milne is opening a 4000-unit-a-year factory in Witney, Oxfordshire. Other players in the market, such as Westbury Homes, are stepping up production.
This means that the UK's capacity to produce factory-built homes could increase by up to 10,000 units over the next year. "We can be fairly certain there will be a demand," said Peter Jenkins, national account manager with Yorkon. "There is no doubt that this is the way to go."
n Building is hosting a one-day conference, Factory-Built Homes: The Next Phase, at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham on 27 June. This will look at the industry's latest innovations, including timber-frame enterprise the Home Factory.
John Miles, director and chairman of the Housing Forum's off-site fabrication working party, will chair the event. For more details, contact JSB Marketing on 01793-881946.