The HE Simm Group – one of the UK’s leading engineering and services businesses – has invested £1m in a new-state-of-the-art 21,000 sq ft facility, to build on its ever-expanding order book for MEP prefabricated solutions.
To be known in the marketplace as Pinnacle Offsite, the business, which is being led by Ernie Price, a prefabrication specialist with over 20 years’ experience, has been launched off the back of continued and sustained demand for prefabricated solutions from its UK-wide customers.
The use of prefabrication has been growing year-on-year and is expected to see further growth between now and 2025. In fact, only last year, a leading global management consultancy firm predicted that the UK could be one of the modular construction industry’s principal markets for growth, with the prefabricated building market expected to grow by 8 per cent between 2019-2025.
The facility, based in Walsall in the West Midlands is already working on the production of prefabricated solutions for customers the length and breadth of the country. Solutions include the manufacturing of packaged plant rooms, plant skid modules, MEP lateral and riser modules and prefabricated utility cupboards.
Commenting on the news, Gareth Simm, HE Simm Group’s CEO, says: “This is a major milestone for us. As we have grown, we have seen a distinct rise in demand from our customer base for prefabricated solutions.
“Our investment in the facility and in the Pinnacle Offsite business overall proves our commitment to this offering, which will enhance what we can provide as a leading MEP player.
“Ernie is a specialist in this field, and we have no doubt that he will make a real success of it. He will work closely with Greg Simm and Marcus Wallis – Managing Directors of our Engineering business in the North and South respectively, to make sure that our bids always comprise, wherever possible, a prefabricated solution.
Greg Simm, the Executive member of the Group responsible for Pinnacle Offsite, adds: “This really is very exciting. We’re delighted with the investment we’ve made, with the facility that’s already up and running, and with the team we have in place. We’re looking forward to becoming well known in the marketplace for our innovation in this area and to growing it over the coming years.”