Group CEO, Craig Carmichael is pleased with the move and the progress being made. “Kepi has been trading for almost nine years now, we have a lot of experience, providing construction and infrastructure services in the UK and around the world. We offer turnkey solutions to developers and contractors globally, these can be small local projects or major schemes and we can act as the main contractor or as a sub-contractor. We do a lot of work with the military, especially in the Middle East and Africa and have a track record of delivering at the forefront of combat areas, post-conflict countries and regions of political unrest. Kepi’s services include Survey and Design, Infrastructure Development, Commercial Building, Civil Engineering, Facilities Management and Construction Services Procurement”
“SPT are a manufacturer and supplier of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS). These panels are used in modular building and they are the perfect solution for rapidly constructing thermally efficient, airtight buildings. Our panels can be used for external and internal walls, roofs and intermediate floors, in virtually any design and application. They are a real revolution in the housebuilding and commercial construction sector. We decided in 2016 to set up manufacturing in Romania and this has operated well, but we recently took the decision to invest in the UK and so have set up a brand new plant and relocated the whole business to East Yorkshire”
Craig continued “It's a brave decision based on what’s happening at the moment in the UK and the fact that most of our SIPS business comes from Europe. But we are confident that the move back here will work. We will be recruiting locally for our factory and, as lot of our customers are based in the Benelux countries, we are well placed with the various ferry services in the Humber for access to these countries”
Relocating the SPT factory from Romania to East Yorkshire is now complete and the new production unit commenced manufacturing early in the New Year. The company’s SIPS panels have some very unique features and are some of the best available on the market. Moving back to the UK will allow SPT to expand production, increase their UK sales and continue supplying new and existing customers in mainland Europe.
This form of construction is starting to take off in the UK and is getting a lot of attention from central government, who see it as a solution to the nations housing crisis. SPT’s integrated modular building system dramatically reduces construction time and labour costs. They measure the building of homes for example in days rather than weeks or months. The panels are simple to erect, don’t require as many tradespeople and external and internal finishing can start earlier. This should result in more affordable new homes being available, to first time buyers, families and downsizers in this country and overseas.
Craig summarised by saying “Both Kepi and SPT are well known in their respective markets and we now want to ensure they become further established in East Yorkshire and in particular in Driffield and the Wolds. It's a great place to live and work and we are looking forward to contributing to the prosperity of the local and national economy. We believe there is a strong future for UK based businesses working around the globe and, as an international player, we are doing our bit to re-establish our countries reputation in world markets”
On the back of recent orders, met by Kepi and SPT, for Lodges to be sited at holiday villages and resorts across the country, comes the first delivery and handover of three Hampton 4 bed luxury lodges for the Retallack Resorts site in Cornwall.
Kepi, working with their sister company SPT, have landed a major order for 20 holiday lodges at The Bay, Filey, a premier holiday village on Yorkshire’s East Coast. With a mix of existing brick built cottages, holiday homes and apartments already erected and inhabited on the site, the owners of The Bay decided to add a range of luxury economical lodges and beach houses to their offer.
In 2020 at Kepi we started an update of our ISO quality management standards so that we could underpin our reputation for delivering excellence and value in our projects across the globe. Phase 1 was the achievement of three very important accreditations with more to follow in 2021.
The recognition of their quality standards is very important to Kepi. Along with a number of other quality recognition bodies the company have long been approved and regularly inspected by the Federation of Master Builders. In March of 2021 the FMB carried out their most recent inspection and Kepi passed with flying colours!
Not only do Kepi and their sister company SPT manufacture their Lodges range, from panels that the latter makes, Kepi are also responsible for on site installation of the Lodges. It really is a full turnkey, vertically integrated product range. From raw materials right through to site location. And there aren’t many companies in the marketplace who can say that. And to underline the fact, six brand new Lodges were delivered to and installed on site in one day in March 2021.
No sooner do we announce a Lodge order then more follow. The UK holiday accommodation market, and parks and lodge sites in particular, are preparing for a big upturn in business once Covid restrictions are removed in the coming months. This has meant both enquiries and orders have been coming in to SPT and Kepi, who have joined forces as sister companies to meet this demand. Read on to find out where these recent orders are from.
Kepi are proud sponsors of the Royal Engineers Rugby Union side, known as the Sappers for obvious reasons. The Club play at Gibraltar Barracks, home of 3 RSME Regiment and are the oldest service rugby club, having been founded in 1889.
After a great deal of work by our in house team we are very pleased to confirm that Kepi International has received accreditation from CHAS as a Principal Designer and Principal Contractor.
SPT, our sister company, who manufacture panels that are used to construct modular buildings, have seen their recent expansion into a factory on the Carnaby Industrial Estate in Bridlington pay dividends. They are busier than they have ever been and are working at maximum capacity, including carrying out projects for us at Kepi.
Two companies based in Driffield East Yorkshire are quietly working on a revolution in house building, locally and nationally. The two companies are part of the same group. One, Kepi International, work on major infrastructure projects, often in areas of conflict, such as Afghanistan. The second, SPT Systems, manufacture modular building panels and are just breaking into the holiday lodge market in the UK and Europe, building lodges using their panels.