Your first timber frame project


What does building with timber frames actually entail? For developers who have never used timber frame before, the process is generally a fast and easy one. We’ve worked with a lot of timber frame first timers and consistently receive feedback that once they understand how and where timber systems are designed and constructed, and see the actual structures being erected, it all falls into place quickly, both literally and figuratively.

A timber frame project starts in the same way as a traditional build, with design. This should happen on a project specific basis and in accordance with the requirements of the appropriate building standards. We offer a comprehensive end to end design and manufacturing service – tailored for different sectors - which further decreases costs associated with multiple experts for clients.

The most effective timber frames are designed in systems which fit seamlessly within the overall project. Examples of such systems include open panel, which arrives with one side open and one side closed to allow for easy integration with the building envelope and leaf on site; or closed panel, which arrives pre- insulated and fitted with external doors and windows. For example, our Sigma II product is a high specification closed panel system which is completely weather-tight and achieves a Green Guide A rating and level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Once designed, timber frames will be constructed offsite and delivered ready to be erected. They are then hoisted into position, a process which can take as little as a few hours for smaller projects and a few days for larger ones. After the timber frame is in place, it is simply a matter of integrating it with the envelope and leaf of the building. As the timber frame is pre-constructed and, in some cases arrives with doors and windows in place, this process takes significantly less time than a traditional build. The roof can also be pre-assembled and hoisted into place, thus saving time while reducing health and safety risks.

Finally, the building is clad. Timber frames can be clad in anything from plaster to wood panels, and are often undetectable to an untrained eye. A representative from the timber frame manufacturer should remain on site to ensure quality control and correct integration of follow on trades. We provide this as standard. Overall, the entire process should be leaner, cleaner and greener while also providing a first class energy efficient building for lower costs.

Homes For Scotland Home Builders Federation National House-Building Council Royal Institute of British Architects Structural Timber Association Constructionline British Board of Agrement Wood Campus Build Off Site Building Research Establishment WOOD FOR GOOD

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