Wells MP visits Offsite Solutions bathroom pod factory in Somerset

MP James Heappey recently paid a visit to the Offsite Solutions factory in Highbridge, Somerset, which makes bathroom pods for the construction industry.

On his tour of the factory, the Wells MP viewed cutting edge offsite technology and the company’s expanded production facilities where complete bathrooms are manufactured for apartments, student accommodation, healthcare, hotel and care home schemes – faster and to consistently higher quality standards than is achievable on a building site.

During his visit he saw production lines for both steel-framed and composite GRP bathroom pods, the company’s latest product innovations, and the quality of factory-built bathrooms at first hand.

Following his tour, James Heappey MP commented,

“It is fantastic to see such a fast-growing business flourishing, which is great news for the region and is creating manufacturing jobs in the heart of Somerset. I am very impressed with the investment Offsite Solutions has made and its plans to increase capacity further. The business has worked hard to create an excellent manufacturing facility to meet the growing market for offsite construction and bathroom pods.”

Richard Tonkinson, Executive Director of Offsite Solutions, said,

“We were delighted to host a visit from our MP. We are at an important phase in the development of the business. We announced a record £30m of orders for the first sixth months of this year and are mid-way through an ambitious expansion programme to increase manufacturing capacity to meet customer demand.”

“When we acquired the business in 2004, turnover was in the region of £2m. It now stands at around £25m and we are one of the largest employers in Highbridge. We have significant prospects for further growth and an order pipeline which already runs into 2019. This is testament to the sustained hard work, enthusiasm and talent of all our employees who have helped to develop our products and services, to take the business to where it is today.”

Offsite Solutions has announced a £5m investment programme to expand its production facilities in Highbridge to meet the growing demand for its factory-built bathrooms. This is the biggest expansion programme in the history of the company. 

The first two phases of the expansion have now been completed – a new 45,000sqft factory that has doubled capacity for steel-framed bathroom pods, and a £1m facility to increase storage space to accommodate up to 3,500 pods. A £3m investment is planned to bring all the company’s production operations together in Highbridge in a new, purpose-designed, state-of-the-art factory. This will increase capacity to over 150,000sqft, 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.

For further information, visit www.offsitesolutions.com, call 01278 780807 or email info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)offsitesolutions.com.