We asked Philip Haines, Production Manager for Intupod to take a few minutes out of his busy day to tell us a little bit more about his role.
Tell us about yourself and your position here at Intupod.
I’m Phil and I’m the Production Manager for Intupod, I’ve been with the company for almost a year now.
I basically oversee all of the production so this includes setting the schedules and supervising our team in our manufacturing facility.
I also oversee the quality of our work at each stage of production and a pod won’t leave our facility without being quality checked by myself.
At present I also order the materials and I’m involved in ongoing design work for the pods.
What does your typical day look like here? When do you start?
I normally start around half seven, quarter to eight.
To be honest I really don’t have a typical day that’s what makes the job so exciting and challenging.
At the moment, we are just gearing up to go in to full production mode with the aim of delivering 500 pods in 5 years.
So the focus is primarily on choosing the very best suppliers to work with, building a top class team to work on this innovative and eye-catching product.
I’m also making sure those guys have the right equipment and training, as well as an inspiring and motivating environment that we all enjoy.
How long does it take to build the pods, start to finish?
At the moment it takes about 41 working days for one person but that will become much faster as we streamline the process.
Our team has grown from 2 to 6 in the last month and we will continue to bring on board committed workers over the next few months.
How durable are the pods?
We have completed rigorous testing to every element of the pods. We tested and re-tested and are 100% confident they will stand the test of time.
What will be interesting to monitor is general wear and tear once they go out on to site with our further.space partners across Ireland and Scotland.
However, with a 5 year refurbishment plan built in to the further.space partnership model, we know that we will be able to keep the pods in tip top condition for people staying in them.
Can the client get bespoke options on their pod?
At the moment our focus is on producing a pod that accommodates up to 4 people (2 adults and 2 children) with a sitting area, fully glazed front, breakfast bar and hanging space as well as that all important washroom.
I’m excited to see where the future takes us in terms of the design of the pod and it’s been interesting to take on board the comments and feedback that came from the launch of further.space, our sister company at the NI Leisure Show in November.
For example, one further.space partner asked for additional hanging space as a large number of their clients are wedding guests requiring full length hanging space so we’ll certainly be looking at that.
What is your favorite aspect of working at Intupod?
Genuinely, I couldn’t name one thing, I love all of it.
I like the people I work with, I really like the whole process. Finalising the design of the pod has brought some very specific challenges but the satisfaction I get when we nail it by far outweighs the initial issue that was faced.
I’m so proud of the final product, not only does it look amazing but it provides what I’d consider a luxury overnight experience for couples and families.
I can’t wait to see the first 5 pods head to Glenarm Estate early next year.
See more about our pods on our Pod Specification page.