Countryside puts offsite factory up for sale

Grant Prior 2 months ago
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Countryside Partnership’s MMC factory at Bardon in the East Midlands is now up for sale.

The house builder confirmed it was closing the plant last month as part of an ongoing rethink of its offsite strategy.

Earlier this year Countryside confirmed a review of its offsite operations which had left the firm with excess capacity and forecast operating losses of £10m.

The Bardon factory only opened last Autumn making modular panels and Countryside was one of the industry’s earliest adopters of MMC with an original target of delivering 6,000 homes a year by 2025 using offsite methods.

The Bardon site is now being marketed for sale by chartered surveyor Walker Singleton.

The sales brochure states: “The entire plant is a state of the art panel manufacturing line, installed in 2020/2021, enabling the manufacture of closed panel timber frames, embracing modern methods of construction.

“Walker Singleton have been instructed to invite interest in the entire Homag/ Weinmann closed panel timber frame panel line, along with the Dodd Engineering floor cassette line.

Countryside is preparing the whole business for a sale and it currently has two other offsite factories.

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