Vistry launches innovation centre showcasing 'technologies of the future'

Vistry Group has unveiled the Vistry Innovation Centre (VIC) at its timber frame construction factory, Vistry Works, in Leicestershire.

The VIC is a facility incorporating cutting-edge technologies that will be used to help meet the company’s net zero ambitions as well as the delivery of the Future Homes Standard coming into operation in 2025. 

Constructed using 18 different trades and 54 suppliers, the VIC features over 100 different products and smart technologies, providing visitors with the opportunity to witness all the different stages of construction and to learn about the wealth of progressive products the company is using both now and, in the future, to achieve carbon reduction on its roadmap to net zero by 2040. 

The 356,000 sq ft facility — combined with Vistry’s additional two factories in Warrington and Leicester — has the capacity to deliver over 7,000 homes per annum using pre-manufactured 2D structural systems (category 2), creating a strong strategic asset for the group to deliver MMC at scale.

Earl Sibley, COO at Vistry Group, said: “The demand for high-quality new homes in the UK shows no sign of relenting and the investment Vistry has made in timber-frame manufacturing and the progressive, world-leading technologies we are showcasing in the VIC will enable us to deliver these homes more quickly and sustainably than traditional methods of construction. 

“We are delighted to have been able to invite our guests along to illustrate how our timber frame factory manufacturing capabilities are helping to address the chronic housing shortage while having a positive socio-economic impact on the local area.”

Rhodri Williams, technical and sustainability director at the Home Builders Federation (HBF), said: “I was delighted to join Vistry Group at its new innovation centre in Leicestershire on behalf of the HBF.

“It was fantastic to see the size and scale of the new facility and learn of their ambitions for scaling up production of timber frame housing.

“The VIC demonstrates firsthand the ambition and capability of Vistry to respond to upcoming changes to standards and regulations such as the Future Homes Standard.

“The facilities in the East Midlands are perfectly placed to respond to new government initiatives such as the timber in construction roadmap, where high quality standardized timber frame residential housing will play a critical role in delivering the governments environmental and housing targets.”

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