Developing new ideas with our colleagues in Japan
It was a thoroughly enjoyable trip, one which left me inspired and buoyed up; it made me and even more ambitious and got me thinking about what we can achieve working alongside a business as forward thinking and innovative as Sekisui House – one of the worlds leading and most sustainable house builders.
Their success comes thanks to a forward thinking attitude in R&D; they employ more than 1000 people in research helping them maintain this rate of sustainable development.
I also noticed a huge pride in everything that Sekisui House delivers – with super tidy build sites such as the one above – to publicly declared dates for the completion of each stage of each and every home built.
It’s an attitude which extends to their sales suites too – such as this grand, yet temporary, structure we visited on one of Sekisui House’s sites.
Their application of MMC also goes beyond just homes; this is a hotel that was built using modern methods of construction.
As well as a fascinating insight into Sekisui House sites, our trip was also a wonderful opportunity to once again meet with our new colleagues; three of the four main board directors, including President and Chairman of Sekisui House, took time to meet with us, taking their UK investments very seriously
And it was nice to see at these meetings what my name looks like in Japanese phonetics!
Each of our many working sessions was a learning curve in how we can best cooperate and learn from each other as we grow House by Urban Splash and the acceleration of modular homes in the UK.
But it wasn't all just work… We had plenty of time to bond as a team and immerse ourselves in Japanese culture.
And Japanese foods – though I did resist the octopus eggs on offer here.
We visited Sekisui House sites and cultural sites in Kyoto as part of our trip too sampling more great Japanese food and way of life.
This was my second trip to meet Sekisui House and visit this wonderful country (you can read about my first trip here).
Each time I come back even more inspired and full of ambition to do great things with our brilliant partners…
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