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Jan Snel Establishes UK Office

Dutch company Jan Snel BV known for modular buildings, has recently launched its UK arm, bringing new technologies and sustainable construction to the UK market. Jan Snel is a subsidiary of Japanese market leader Daiwa House, which provides industrialised modular and commercial buildings in Asia, North America, and Australia.

Based at new waterfront offices in Wales, the Jan Snel UK team will focus on the residential market but will work across various sectors to provide healthcare, education and commercial solutions. Ben Pemberton has been appointed UK manager and brings with him more than 25 years’ experience in the construction industry.

Harry van Zandwijk, CEO of Jan Snel, said: “In the UK – particularly in the social housing sector – there is an urgent need for high-quality accommodation that can be delivered quickly. Modular construction is the ideal solution. By opening our UK office, we can meet this need expediently, combining our modular expertise with local market knowledge.”

The Jan Snel UK team is already working on an exciting project with developer Abode Waterstone and Coastal Housing Group, one of Wales’ most innovative and forward-thinking housing associations. The project will provide affordable homes on a former oil refinery site, now the Coed Darcy urban village in South Wales. When completed, the site will create an entirely new community, one with comfortable and well-appointed homes, many of which will be eco-friendly. The development also includes schools and green open spaces.

As a next step, Jan Snel UK is looking at opening a factory in Wales. The team is already discussing the possibilities with the Welsh Government.

Ben Pemberton said: “We want to bring more jobs to the area and make a positive contribution to the local economy, and we are incredibly excited about what lies ahead.  Jan Snel’s product is head and shoulders above everything else in the modular market in terms of quality, and I am proud to represent the brand in the UK.”

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