The organisations below have received Flying Factory training in order to set up their factories and learn how to build the Beattie Passive system.
Canna Developments is working in partnership with Newydd Housing Association and Parc Prison. Canna Developments have attended the Beattie Passive Flying Factory training and will be supervising prisoners from Parc Prison in the building of the small panels which will make up each home. Canna Developments will also be giving site experience to prisoners with relevant trade skills, with an eye to taking on as many of these prisoners as possible into full-time employment after their release.
Rhodri Crandon, Canna Developments said “Canna developments has been seeking the opportunity to provide social housing in partnership with Newydd Housing Association in the town of Llangan that has seen rising property prices, pushing local residents out of the area. The Beattie Passive FF license has enabled the opportunity for Canna developments and Newydd HA to participate in Parc Prisons rehabilitation programme giving the inmates the opportunity to learn a skill through making the components for the houses in the Prison. A select few inmates will be given site exposure, taking the build from component to complete build stage.”
Creating Enterprise - Cartrefi Conwy
Creating Enterprise is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cartrefi Conwy Housing Association. The organisation was set up as a Social Enterprise providing a wide range of property maintenance activity to both private and public sector, reinvesting profits to give those furthest from the job market work place opportunities. They are now embarking on an ambitious development programme of quality, affordable homes across the North Wales Coast. Creating Enterprise are the first Welsh organisation to set up their Beattie Passive Factory to start manufacturing a number of small developments across North Wales.
Andrew Bowden - CEO at Cartrefi Conwy said "Beattie Passive not only deliver high quality Passivhaus homes, they also actively engage with the local community to bring vital skills and education in construction. These values run parallel to our own and having outlined our housing objectives, it was clear that a Factory would be hugely effective in helping us to achieve them. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with Beattie Passive."
Celtic Horizons delivers asset management and estate services for United Welsh, spanning over 11 local authority areas in South Wales. Following a recent Welsh Government directive to increase the energy efficiency of Welsh housing, Celtic Horizons undertook the Beattie Passive Flying Factory Training with plans to set up their own Flying Factory in Caerphilly. Being passionate about improving the lives of less advantaged people, Celtic Horizons hope that their Flying Factory will help to train a new generation of unskilled workers into the building industry, to help address skills shortages in the local area and provide longevity to the industry.
Alan Rogers, Managing Director of Celtic Horizons said “In light of a recent Welsh Government directive to increase the energy efficiency of Welsh housing and to reduce fuel poverty, we were looking for a new build system that would help us work towards these goals. We found out about the Beattie Passive system, and saw that it delivered highly insulated, energy efficient homes as standard and thought that this would be perfect.”
Probuild Limited are located in Hertfordshire and have a keen interest in training and gaining knowledge in order to provide specialist expertise in sustainable buildings, renewables and improving energy efficiency. As a result, the Probuild team attended the Flying Factory Training Academy in February 2020 and will be setting up a Flying Factory in Hertfordshire in order to deliver their first Beattie Passive homes in Baldock and Aston.
Brad Kelly, Director of Probuild Limited said “The build system is very simple, but effective. Simple to build, simple to get everything spot on and it provides absolutely everything you want. I can’t fault it.”
Pure Haus is a house builder located in Leeds, focused on building Passivhaus standard homes within the Yorkshire region. Committed to building homes with a greatly reduced energy demand, and moving towards building Carbon neutral homes, the Pure Haus team have attended the Flying Factory training and will be supported by the Beattie Passive team during their first build in Yorkshire.
David Bradley-Bowles, Director of Pure Haus said “We chose Beattie Passive because the method of construction looks very simple, its attractive that young people can gain skills and be trained to go through the process of doing it, overseen by one or two skilled tradesmen. Ultimately, it’s the simplicity of the build system, and the comprehensiveness, covering all aspects of building; the floors, the walls and the ceiling.”
Stonewater (and Aschot Construction Ltd)
Stonewater is a social housing provider currently managing around 33,600 homes across England for over 75,000 customers, including affordable properties for general rent, shared ownership and sale, in addition to retirement and supported living schemes. Stonewater are about to embark on their first Beattie Passive project in Chard, Somerset with Aschot Construction Ltd. Aschot Construction will be undertaking the Flying Factory Training and delivering the Beattie Passive build system onsite.
Charlotte Brace, Special Projects Manager at Stonewater said: “We’re incredibly excited to be working in partnership with Beattie Passive and Ashcot Construction for this pilot.
“There are many benefits to delivering a project like this, including reduced transport costs and being able to work closely with the local labour force to deliver social and economic benefits to the community. But there are also cost-saving benefits for our customers.
The Toolshed is part of a social enterprise education provision managed by The New Meaning Foundation, part of a not-for-profit organisation. The Toolshed teaches and encourages young people to learn new skills and help them develop confidence, self-belief and to gain life skills. Beattie Passive has provided training for 5 young people at their Training Academy in Norfolk on a workshop-based training course. Following on from the workshop based training, the trainees developed their skills on-site though erecting structures for Beattie Passive and will next set-up their factory in order to deliver units for Vale of Aylesbury Housing.
Yoker Housing Association
Yoker Housing Association is a small community based Housing Association in Glasgow. Designs are underway for 15 new bungalows and cottage flats on the former Blawarthill Hospital site, Glasgow. These will be manufactured in a local Flying Factory by a social enterprise, Community Workforce Partnership, who train hard-to-reach 18-24 yr-olds.
Lesley Bryce, Development Officer said “The Beattie Passive houses will be built using local labour under the employability model. This model will enable the trainees to move from welfare to work – providing them with a waged training placement and certified qualifications. The project is expected to recruit up to 40 trainees during the course of the programme, providing them with training to enable them to progress in the mainstream labour market.”
Wrekin Housing Trust
Wrekin Housing Trust and partners have just been awarded a £650,000 Government grant to provide a training hub aimed at providing opportunities for the unemployed, addressing Shropshire’s housing shortage, and boosting the county’s construction industry. The factory training hub will be equipped to focus upon learning skills used in the construction of Passivhaus homes. Known as the Marches Construction Ready Partnership the group which includes Beattie Passive, aims to introduce around 400 trainees to the construction sector, by training the long-term unemployed, students and people looking to make a career change into the construction industry.
David Wells the Wrekin Housing Trust’s Head of Operational Services said “We are looking forward to working with Beattie Passive over the coming months as partners on the Marches Construction Ready Partnership, and as we deliver the programme we are looking forward to seeing the flying factory and whole timber frame technology concepts for ourselves.”
Stewart & Shields
Stewart & Shields are a well-established contractor based in Helensburgh and operate across Scotland and selected areas of the UK. They have completed the Beattie Passive Flying Factory Training Academy and set up a flying factory to deliver their first Beattie Passive home for one our Self-Build clients in Braemar, Scotland.
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