Modular building is fast becoming the biggest modern day progression in the construction industry, due to its flexibility in design, thermal efficiency and reduction to build lead times that it is the forerunner and the future for home and leisure construction methods. With these panels, you can construct any design you can dream of and SPT are now not only manufacturing these panels, they are also building lodges and bespoke homes for customers, locally and nationally.
Due to high demand, the decision was made to add to our manufacturing facility in Driffield, which we opened in Autumn 2019. We started to look for suitable premises, resulting in SPT moving in to a 60,000 square foot production unit at Carnaby near Bridlington at the end of 2020. This new facility is capable of building 15 to 20 modular buildings at any one time, all at various stages of completion on four dedicated production lines.
These will range from holiday lodges on parks in the UK and overseas, to short run and one-off building designs for built to specification homes. The new factory also has warehousing for parts and accessories needed to finish off the interior and exterior of these latest designs.
“It’s all been happening very quickly” said Craig Carmichael, the CEO of Kepi and SPT. “We decided to relocate our panel production from Romania to Driffield and our factory is now making SIPS panels to all sorts of specifications for a wide range of customers. These panels are used for the floors, walls, ceilings and roofs in modular building construction. We supply these panels to other manufacturers in the UK and Europe, but we also manufacture and build holiday lodges and regular homes ourselves, using our panels and the expertise of our construction team at Kepi International, better known for their work in overseas conflict areas.”
Craig continued, “We thought we might be able to use spare space at Driffield to start with, but this was quickly taken up by panel manufacture. The problem we had was finding the space to build our orders, which have been flooding in despite the present crisis. We needed a large, dedicated building to operate as a construction area. We wanted it to be close to our panel production facility in Driffield, but also close to port facilities and the motorway network, as we deliver our finished modular buildings by road to our UK customers and by road and sea to our European customers. We also needed extra capacity to allow us to grow the business. This new Bridlington site is ideal.”
We are currently working on our own range of SPT manufactured holiday lodges under our Braeburn brand. The new factory will soon be flat out making these to order for customers.
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.
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.
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.