“Leading the UK’s transition to a digitally designed precision manufactured residential product, built in scalable factories within the communities they serve.”
In order to tackle the affordable housing shortage head on, hatch. is revolutionising the housing delivery model by creating a standardised modular product created in a localised factory setting. These bespoke factories will in turn create jobs for the communities it is building the homes for, and generate income and sustainability for Housing Associations and Local Authorities.
To create the most compelling housing delivery enterprise, through accelerating the transition to a digitally designed, precision manufactured product, in scalable factories in the communities they serve. hatch. is striving to disrupt the status quo in housing delivery. We aim to become the leading deliverer, by discerning clients, for the UK housing market. Public & private sector clients are seeking partnerships with hatch., enabling them to optimise their housing portfolio in terms of time, cost and quality. These partnerships deliver the quality mixed-tenure housing required from local, precision manufacturing facilities, creating jobs, embedding skills and delivering a revenue stream. This approach truly enables the community to build the homes, the community needs.
As traditional housing delivery takes too long, we hatched a plan to:
- Decrease build times
- Increase quality and
- Improve social outcomes
We are achieving this by using tried and tested modular technology. Modular technology that has been around for decades but we have improved and enhanced it by the creation of an advanced modular technology and design system – CLiCs. Our aim is to offer an alternative to the existing developer model and to focus on delivering real social impact by building affordable homes for communities and creating skilled jobs by using local assembly plants. Moreover, our housing product encompasses a holistic design that is recognised by official institutions and guarantees that our product meets all building standards. In particular, our fabric-first design and componentry process, with specific emphasis on fire protection, is far ahead of the market and makes our CLiCs system cutting edge.
hatch. brings together a collaborative and highly skilled team with significant modular manufacturing, construction, project management, financial and business development experience.
Working With Us.
Parties working with us on specific projects include:
Scott Brownrigg – Architects’ Vision
- They want to make the built environment better – architecturally, socially and morally.
- They believe all their projects should generate an emotional response – passion, relevance and appropriateness.
- They want to be at the vanguard of research, technology and sustainability to enable them to future proof their projects.
- They believe that the whole of their practice is significantly greater than the sum of the individual parts.
- Scott Brownrigg turn vision into action – and underpin action with vision.
3E Consult – Structural Engineers
- Their team is at the forefront of structural design for the modular industry.
- They use a holistic approach, encompassing the manufacture, distribution, operation and disposal of the modular structures.
- They have developed systems for new modular concepts in sectors dominated by traditional technologies.
We are working with Local Authorities, Housing Associations and other public bodies.
hatch. Modular Homes.
hatch. deploys a complete apartment building system, producing standard modules and components evolved from market proven, volumetric, precision manufactured technology. Homes are built using simple, repeatable componentry that can produce any layout for any type of tenure. hatch. has standard layouts for Affordable Housing (NdSS compliant), PRS, market sale and extra care/later living (HAPPI code compliant). Our system is self-supporting up to 8 stories, line-loaded through the walls, enabling any mix of apartments to be achieved within a block.
Our system is evolved from systems deployed for over ten years on multi-storey accommodation projects and accredited to the SCI, NHBC and LABC. This overall approach engenders the following benefits:
• Decreased programme durations in terms of design and construction efficiencies;
• Decreased cost of delivering schemes (or even more effective on housing programmes) for any enterprise;
• Standardised product for cap-ex and op-ex efficiency;
• Better consistency & enhanced quality through precision manufactured componentry and processes;
• Enhanced sustainability standards with ‘zero bills’ potential; and
• Improved safety standards.
We deliver the factory-built components through our existing supply chain or our own hatch. manufacturing facilities. This multi-mode supply chain ensuring resilience, capacity and technical flexibility to meet any client requirements. Non-factory works delivered through single point full design and build traditional forms of contract, as a CM appointment or as an ex-works package.
Building a standardised
A simplified, dynamic process to delivery of the homes you need.
hatch. Residential Precision Manufacturing
The hatch. modular system has been calibrated to ensure it can be produced through the establishment of a series of local manufacturing facilities. These hRPM facilities can evolve in complexity and scale as uptake for the product increases, either to solely meet local demand or as an export to adjacent communities. Having a low entry threshold into manufacturing means hRPM can create local skilled jobs.
A hRPM facility not only creates and sustains jobs and skills/training but through committing a minimum level of their homes requirement it will earn any Local Authority a share of the profits generated. This provides a valuable additional revenue stream to the local authority. It keeps the community £ in the community.
A local assembly plant can be up and running within 12 months and starts by assembling pre-made components. This plant will initially specialise in the construction of standard modular units with the more complex units being supplied by the existing supply chain. As the plant becomes established, more complex work is brought in-house as output increases. hatch. can establish a local hRPM with a minimum annual commitment of 50 units. Optimum ROI occurs around the 180 units pa threshold.
Local Jobs for your Community.
One of the key drivers behind hatch. is to create local skilled jobs alongside the supply of its homes. CLiCs has been developed from the start to provide a simple, yet complete, manufacturing process to enable local assembly plants to be established.
Local Manufacturing Facilities.
hatch. is keen to work with Local Authorities and Housing Associations to create these local assembly plants.
hatch. personnel have a wealth of experience in establishing and operating manufacturing facilities and consequently its CLiCs product design has been created to enable pop-up manufacturing, simply and cost effectively. In addition, its sophisticated supply chain enables pre-fabrication of sub-assemblies to be incorporated, which further supports local assembly.
If you are interested in having a local manufacturing facility in your area, please contact us for further information.
hatch. Jobs Through Local Manufacturing.
hatch. product design for manufacturing (DFMa) has been a principle objective embedded in our ethos. One of the dilemmas of offsite construction is that skilled jobs are not produced or delivered where the homes are installed; as product is imported to the site from other parts of the UK or more recently from overseas. hatch provides the opportunity to develop local manufacturing facilities based on a 3 stage process.
Local manufacturing requires:
The key drivers for a local manufacturing plant will be:
- A minimum of 50 CLiCs housing units per annum
- A minimum facility of 15,000ft2 undercover with 1.3 acres of external storage.
Manufacturing – Soft Start Process.
Starting any manufacturing process is a serious commitment and one using offsite technology is no exception. This is the principle reason why the adoption of the concept of pop-up factories to service the construction industry has yet to take hold.
hatch. have developed a 3 stage process to smooth the transition into local independent manufacturing. A hatch. factory will start by assembling pre-made parts, working in partnership with our existing supply chain. As the process evolves, the scope can be developed to increase the output and / or the complexity of the work. Initially a hatch. factory does not need to be fully independent but could just specialise in the construction of standard modular units, with more complex units being supplied by hatch’s established supply chain.
Ultimately hatch. aligns with national and local councils and community aspirations by comprehensively stating:
“Communities can build the homes that communities need”.
hatch. helps deliver tangible and measurable social impact through:
- Number of units delivered
- Number of families housed
- Number of direct jobs and apprenticeships created
- Number of training places established with local tertiary education establishments
- Number of indirect jobs created in the local supply chain
- Reduction in the number of lorries to site
- Reduction in the number of days on site
- Reduction in the amount of waste to landfill
- Number of tonnes of CO2 saved per year.
“Communities can build
the homes that
Enabling The Supply Of Homes Through Funding Provision.
hatch. aims to deliver social impact through the provision of access to funding for the affordable housing market.
The need for affordable homes has been recognised for well over a century and today affordable homes represent approximately 20% of all residential properties in the UK.
We have a chronic shortage of affordable homes in many parts of the country and this is now widely recognised as a major social and political issue.
hatch. seeks to increase the supply of affordable homes by helping clients to access funding to purchase our products.
Get In Touch.
If you’d like to discover more about hatch. or would like to arrange a meeting, we’d love to hear from you.
hatch. Head Office
33 Baglan Bay Innovation Centre
Baglan Energy Park
32 Glasshouse Studios
Fryern Court Road