Since the last post the level of activity has seen a marked increase, a trend which shows no sign of slowing down. The expansion in business of course brings its own challenges, notably in the number of people required to fulfil the commitments. Our workforce has increased by 30% over the last three months and new recruits are due to start with us in January. Our manufacturing space has seen the introduction of another two work benches and we are hoping to receive planning permission for a new company office building in our yard in January.
The recent projects have been as varied as ever, we are currently erecting the frames for two large detached houses, one in Dartington and the other in Otterton, next week we will erect a Gospel Hall in Exeter followed before Christmas by a pair of semis in Lapford. Projects completed in the last few months include five extensions of varying size, a block of flats, a bungalow and a couple of detached houses.
What ever the type of project our clients have been choosing our closed panel system in increasing numbers. At one time this was the choice of self builders but now developers are asking for the closed panel option, including a number who had previously had open frame systems from ourselves. The advantage of having more work carried out in the factory rather than on site is being more widely appreciated.
In response to a number of client requests we now plan to take the closed panel system a stage further by insulating the internal partitions, installing electrical conduits and back boxes and wall boarding both faces of the studwork in the factory. Now there is the opportunity to reduce further the site element of the build.
Finally, congratulations are due to our two apprentices. Both Will and Jack won the best student of the year award for their respective year group at Petroc College in Tiverton.