Driven by new thinking, engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology – OSCO Homes custom design and build new homes predominately for the social housing sector.
Their solutions are based on building to a high specification in quality-controlled factory environments. Here, Gwen Beeken, Director, talks about how EOS has become an integral part of the team.
We don't think our clients should ever settle for anything less than the best, so neither do we and that means we are a demanding customer. Everything we do is bespoke and to the highest quality, we therefore required a light steel frame partner that was not only able to manufacture custom-made solutions to exacting standards but could offer continuous support and sound technical advice.
Our client offer is different to many offsite house builders. Being panelised, we can productionise their house types, pilot low numbers cost effectively, deliver on infill sites and take responsibility for the whole project – delivering a turnkey solution from field to finished front door. Combining control and responsibility, we are proud of our team and all they do.
Our partnership with EOS goes back a long way. I first met Steve Thompson at an offsite event – his informed and practical approach made an impact. Initially we invited EOS to a competitive tender but once appointed, they helped us set up our operation.
As a business, we always strive to do more with the resources we have, and part of our journey has been building our own, skilled workforce. We wanted to build a culture that was supportive, created opportunity, drove continuous improvement, and valued everyone. So four years ago, supported by EOS, we established a training facility in HMP Hindley where we prepared prisoners for employment on release through the building of OSCO panels. Highly successful, it has reduced re-offending in that group to below 10% against a national average of 60% but even better, it's contributed to building our own, skilled workforce, many of whom continue to progress in the company today.
We refer to EOS as our 'intelligent supply chain partner' and when things do not go to plan – regardless of whether it is related to their elements or not – support and technical advice is always available. With the backing of the EOS team, we have come a long way and we are now looking to break into the private housing and build-to-rent sectors.
Director, OSCO Homes
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