Jul 07, 2014

Six months at Stewart Milne Timber Systems

It’s hard to believe 2014 is already well past the halfway mark. It’s been a busy year for everyone it seems, and none more so than us. We’ve had plenty going on in the last six months, so much that we thought it would be worth taking a look back over the year to date to see what we’ve been up to and how things have progressed.

Having experienced significant growth in the previous year, 2014 kicked off with us announcing an appointment to our team in the North West. John Cain, previously of Robertson Timber Engineering, joined to manage our business development in an important region of the UK for our business.

February saw a continuing of momentum, and we were able to declare one of our most successful periods of growth. We booked £14m in new business as the housing market across the UK started to take an upturn. It was a period of noteworthy success for the company and soon afterwards we announced our plans to work on several exciting new projects.

In March we announced the completion of our project with McTaggart Construction at Tannahill Crescent in Johnstone, Renfrewshire. This consisted of 33 homes that were designed to be extremely energy efficient, making them easier and cheaper to run for both tenants and landlords. The homes were fitted with integrated heating and ventilation systems to maximise fuel efficiency, reduce heat loss and be more economical to heat.

April’s edition of Project Scotland featured a really interesting project in which we were involved. Working with Ogilvie Construction, we delivered a six-storey 144-bed hotel and restaurant development for Premier Inn on the banks of the River Clyde. The hotel was designed in line with parent company Whitbread’s CSR programme which aims to reduce the company’s carbon emissions by 26% before 2020.

During May we announced our involvement with the UK’s first eco town at North West Bicester. Working with A2Dominion and Willmott Dixon, we’ll be providing our Sigma II Build System for the first 94 homes, as part of the Exemplar phase’s 393 in total. The homes are designed to reach true zero carbon standards, and will include a range of features aimed towards making them more sustainable and energy efficient. 

And so, finally, we come to June and our project with GRAHAM Construction at Stirling University. This student accommodation project posed some significant challenges, particularly from an access perspective. However, these were overcome by meticulously planning out the construction sequence, identifying the best possible locations for cranes and the use of an open panel system. The project was delivered in just 11 weeks to BREEAM Excellent standard.

It’s been a busy year so far and we’ve been working with a lot of different businesses and customers with diverse requirements. We’re looking forward to much more in the next six months. We’ve already got lots planned across the UK, so keep an eye on our website and this blog for updates.

What were your highlights from the first half of 2014? Get in touch or tweet us on @TimberSystems and let us know.

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