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Meet Neil, Managing Director of Celtic Offsite

28 Sep 2021

Celtic Offsite, Development

Neil Robins, Managing Director of Celtic Offsite

Celtic Offsite is a new social enterprise within the United Welsh Group that will soon manufacture low carbon timber frame homes from a new factory in Caerphilly.

Neil Robins, has been appointed as Managing Director to lead the team, bringing 25 years of experience in the development and operation of timber frame businesses.

The Celtic Offsite factory is due to open later this year. It will manufacture high quality, sustainable timber frame structures complete with factory fitted insulation and windows to build up to 250 low carbon homes per annum.

What attracted you to work for Celtic Offsite?

“I have delivered a few development projects for United Welsh over the years, including the build of Ty Silures, a development of nine apartments using energy efficient technology in west Cardiff. United Welsh are a great business to work with and true to their values. I knew Celtic Offsite would be a great opportunity to make a positive difference – through the provision of good quality energy efficient homes and the jobs and training opportunities on offer.”

When are you most inspired?

“When I am delivering something that has never been done before. I love innovation and we’ll continue to look at innovative technologies as we start and continue the development pipeline for homes manufactured at Celtic Offsite.”

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

“Always try to employ people who are better than you.”

What are you looking forward to in this new role?

“The opportunities… Not only to build good quality homes but to also make a positive difference to the wider community. We’ll be training the next generation of construction workers to build energy efficient homes and it feels good to contribute in our own way to developing people and protecting the environment as Wales strives to become carbon neutral.”

What are three things you can’t live without?

“My family, my drive to do more and my values.”

With over £2m of investment from Welsh Government’s Innovative Housing Programme, the Celtic Offsite factory will be located at Pontygwindy Industrial Estate near Caerphilly town centre.

Visit our Celtic Offsite page to find out more.