An Oxfordshire business which designs and builds ultra-low carbon modular buildings has opened a new factory, boosting production and creating new jobs in the area.

Green Unit, which started life producing eco-buildings in farm sheds, has found a new home in a converted hangar providing 25,000sq ft of space, six miles south of Oxford next to the Culham Science Centre.

The off-site construction factory will enable Green Unit to significantly boost production and create at least 10 new jobs.

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Jonathan Finnerty, managing director at Green Unit, said the company now has the benefit of up to six new production lines for its modular buildings. The firm has also been awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership through Innovate UK to work with Oxford Brookes University to reach net zero carbon status on Green Unit’s ARC buildings by 2025.

Mr Finnerty added: "The factory opening really does revolutionise Green Unit’s production space and, as such, our capacity to deliver more units to our key markets.

“Investment by Beard Construction in October 2020 unlocked the funding necessary to develop the factory site.

"As part of that we have been able to invest in specialist machinery to streamline some of our processes and create the kind of facility we simply did not have the space for previously.

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“We’ve worked hard to create the demand we now have for our product, and with a serious sales pipeline emerging it certainly feels a long way from building in agricultural units.”