Eco-house company’s £1m boost

Preter chief executive Peter Marshall
Preter chief executive Peter Marshall
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A WIGAN-based “eco-responsible” house builder has sealed its first order – worth £1m – just weeks after opening its revolutionary new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant.

Pretek Precision Homes will supply its fully sustainable houses to A2Dominion New Homes, part of one of the biggest housing associations in the country.

And the firm, headquartered at Beecham Court, Goose Green, has revealed that it is now in advanced talks with a number of other major housing associations and property developers to provide them with the next generation of energy-efficient dwellings.

A2Dominion believes the sustainability of Pretek’s homes and the lower on-site construction costs offer major advantages to housing associations. Once occupied a Pretek home can be run for less than the cost of a cup of tea a day.

Pretek’s purpose-built plant in Walker Park, Blackburn, is now employing more than 30 workers and homes are already coming off its manufacturing lines.

The aim is to create up to 400 new jobs, which eventually will have the capacity to build 3,000-plus new homes a year – all of them low to zero energy rated, fully sustainable and eco-responsible.

The affordable and sustainable homes created for A2Dominion will be shipped from the plant to a site at Sunbury in Surrey where they will be assembled. Delivery will start this month and, after quick and easy construction, the houses will be ready to move into within weeks.

Chief executive Peter Marshall said: “The fact we have sealed our first contract for our homes just a matter of weeks after moving into and creating our manufacturing facility shows just how keen the industry is on our vision.

“The response we have had from housing associations and private developers has been tremendous. We are delighted that A2Dominion has become our first customer and we are looking forward to working with them to create eco-responsible homes of real quality.”

Christopher Swordy, commercial director (South East) for A2Dominion, said: “We are awaiting the first homes to be delivered and erected by Pretek later this month at our site in Sunbury.

“The concept of the main structure of a house arriving on the back of a lorry, and then being craned into position and made water-tight within a few days is exciting.

“With these methods reducing site waste and significantly shortening site programmes, the benefits cannot be ignored.

“A2Dominion currently manages over 33,000 homes across London and Southern England and houses more than 47,000 people.

“All of our residents would welcome lower utility bills. So the more thermally efficient we can make our homes and the better air-tightness we can achieve, the lower the running costs for all.”

Pretek’s 192,000 sq ft facility at former steel storage building at Walker Park anticipates, meets – and can beat – tough new European building regulations aimed at making all new homes sustainable and zero carbon by 2016.

The plant uses cutting-edge technology, backed by years of research and planning into efficient and cost effective factory assembled homes in Scandinavia, Canada and Japan.

Housing Associations, house-builders, architects, politicians and Government agencies that have visited the factory have seen a full-size terrace of homes constructed entirely within the factory to showcase the technology and the quality of the product.

Pretek is an independent company set up by experts from the house-building, architectural and manufacturing sectors, each contributing decades of expertise both in the UK and internationally. Its homes are designed to blend in with the area where they are being built. It is creating 10 homes for the Sunbury site and for A2Dominion, which operates across the south of England.

Mr Marshall added: “The aim of Pretek is to satisfy a large part of the UK’s new homes requirement to a range of clients in all sectors of the house-building industry and housing associations are a key market for us.

“The code for sustainable new homes has now been fully adopted and will change how new homes are built in the UK for ever.”