A new 600sq ft manufacturing facility in Team Valley is to set two North East construction firms on course for national growth.
Clearspace Buildings has partnered with Koru Property Services to manufacture quick-to-construct but eye-catching timber classrooms, with a view to distributing them across the country.
There is a huge demand for classroom accommodation at the moment, as the Government has announced that many primary schools will be oversubscribed by 2015 and, given the cancellation of the Building Schools for the Future programme, a market has emerged for alternative thinking.
Eight new jobs have already been created through the project and managing director of Clearspace, Scott Horner, said there was scope for further expansion.
“I feel very much that we are at the start of something amazing,” he said. “We have a fantastic product backed by the resources of Koru.
“Together we are creating one of the most recognised and trusted construction brands in education.
“The opening of the factory is an important part of our growth.”
Since its launch 16 months ago in Alnwick, Clearspace has proved a force to be reckoned with in the education sector, its innovative range of permanent modular timber structures fast becoming the building of choice among schools, colleges and early years units keen to create more adaptable learning spaces.
Its eco-friendly products, which can range from single classrooms to entire schools, can be constructed in as little as two weeks.
In the North East, Rockcliffe First School in Whitley Bay and the Sage Gateshead’s Music for Schools building are among those to benefit from the approach.
Koru Property Services, meanwhile, has been providing a range of services for the design and construction industry since 2002.
Together, the two companies employ around 50 people.
Koru managing director Mark Taylor said: “As a company we are constantly looking to evolve and increase our service and product offering and the partnership has enabled us to do just that.”
MP for Blaydon Dave Anderson, who opened the new factory last Friday, said: “Clearspace Buildings is a fantastic good news story for the region.
“Everybody wins; jobs are created and kids get classrooms that are cost effective and environmentally friendly.
“I am delighted to help Clearspace in any way I can and am inviting them to parliament later in the year so they can share the Clearspace story with MPs across the country.”
Together we are creating one of the most recognised and trusted construction brands in education