New manufacturing site planned
Pod popularity prompts expansion for Armadilla
Armadilla’s innovative cabins are being snapped up for use as extra rooms, offices and holiday lets.
They are built at Rosewell where the company has a staff of 18. Chief executive Ross Hunter says the company would like an additional site “sooner rather than later” and would eventually relocate.
Speaking to Daily Business in The Mound, where the company is taking part in the Edinburgh Science Festival, he said: “We know there is a rising demand out there and we need the extra space.”
The firm, which was established six years ago, recently received government support via the regional selective assistance scheme.
The more luxurious versions provide a full living experience, with toilet, shower, kitchen, bed and eating areas. There is underfloor heating, a desk and storage.
Turnover has doubled each year and is currently at £850,000 with demand coming from residents wanting space for children, visitors or office use. Schools have used them for remedial space and they have become popular among those who enjoy glamping.
Mr Hunter said: “I know of bed and breakfast establishments which have given up the B&B and bought these instead.”
Photos: by Terry Murden