It started when a number of architects and self builders approached us about not just providing panels but supplying complete “kits” for a finished home” said Craig Carmichael, CEO of both businesses “We had just moved our SIPS panel production from Romania and we started to get enquiries. Before we knew it we became involved in a full turnkey project in Oxford where we designed, manufactured, constructed and finished off a 5 bed home. The customer was delighted with the end result and its grown from there. Kepi used their on site expertise to complete the construction and SPT manufacture the panels that make up the home”
Since the Oxford build local East Yorkshire customers have come forward, looking for a unique solution to their needs. For example a detached annexe has been built in an existing properties garden in Tickton. Again this was a full project from start to finish and included provision of the base pad, internal and external finishing and final connection to all the services. This project demonstrates that it doesn’t need to be a complete home that's built. It could be an extension, a garden office or a separate dwelling.
Other local projects are planned including an extension to an existing home in Tickton and a 4 bed detached house in Hull which will be a complete start to moving in job. Larger customers in the holiday accommodation industry are also wanting to move from traditional “mobile” homes to more permanent lodge designs and a customer in Filey has placed an order for a total of 20 luxury lodges which are under manufacture and will be delivered before Easter 2021.
“Since we started looking at building using SIPS panels we haven’t stopped” continued Craig “There are so many uses for these panels. To begin with the floors, walls, ceilings and roofs can be made from SIPS. They are so thermally efficient its untrue, much more environmentally friendly than traditionally constructed buildings. They go up in days not months. They can be externally clad or in the case of a roof covered with any material, wood, brick, stone, slate for example. They can last as long as a modern home, are practically maintenance free and you can construct any style of building using them, modern or traditional. And they aren’t just used for small projects. You can build any size home using modular construction. You can also design your luxury home and then build it in phases. So when family come along you simply expand the size of your home to the next phase. It can even go up into two, three or more storeys”
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.
Kepi International Solutions Limited and SIPS Panel Technology Systems Limited, sister companies, have moved to a new site in Driffield on Skerne Road. This will now combine their operations, SPT were formerly manufacturing in Romania and Kepi had offices in central Driffield and based there for the last 5 years.