Bathroom pod maker has record year with £30 million of orders in past six months
Offsite Solutions, the UK’s leading bathroom pod manufacturer, has secured £30 million of orders in the past six months – a record order intake in the history of the business.
This unprecedented performance is a 50 per cent increase on the same period last year, and has secured projects for the business from 2017 through to 2019. It reflects the increasing demand for pods, which improve the quality, speed, and efficiency of bathroom construction.
Offsite Solutions has seen a significant increase in orders and enquiries for residential schemes, particularly mixed-use developments and in the build-to-rent sector which is performing strongly in urban centres across the UK.
Other trends reflected in the latest order intake include more interest in factory-built bathrooms from the care homes sector and an increase in the scale of those projects, particularly from the larger care home providers.
University students are demanding higher specification and 4*+ standard living facilities and the competition for places means the accommodation provided needs to meet those requirements. As a result, steel-framed bathroom pods with traditional tiled-finishes are increasingly being specified for high-end student residences.
Commenting on this year’s record order intake, James Stephens, Managing Director of Offsite Solutions, says, “It is extremely positive to see such a strong order performance, which is testament to the hard work, skills, and commitment of all our staff across the business. We are continuing to invest in product design, unrivalled quality control, and in our manufacturing capacity to meet the needs of our diverse customer base. We remain committed to pushing the boundaries with the speed, scale, complexity, efficiency, and sustainability of our bathroom solutions, to the benefit of our customers.”
He adds: “2018 will see us manufacture our 90,000th bathroom pod which will be another tremendous milestone for the business and for the offsite sector.”
In July, Offsite Solutions announced a £5 million investment programme to expand its production facilities in Somerset to meet the growing demand for its factory-built bathrooms. This will be the biggest expansion programme in the history of the company.
The first phase of the expansion has already been completed – a new 45,000 sq ft production facility that has doubled capacity for steel-framed bathroom pods. A £3 million investment will bring all the company’s production operations together in a new, purpose-designed, state-of-the-art factory. This will increase capacity to over 150,000 sq ft, allowing the manufacture of up to 12,500 of its award-winning factory-built bathrooms each year.
Offsite Solutions offers a comprehensive and expanding range of bathroom pods to suit different building types and applications. Options include steel-framed pods with traditional-tiled finishes for high-end apartments, student residences and hotels; robust and low maintenance GRP composite pods for student accommodation, care homes, social housing, and healthcare; hybrid pods for specialist projects, and award-winning demountable GRP pods for ease of installation in refurbishment schemes.