Jan 29, 2016

Timber systems prove agile for affordable housing project

The UK’s leading timber systems designer and manufacturer, Stewart Milne Timber Systems, has helped Barratt Homes deliver 17 homes as part of an affordable housing project in South Queensferry, Scotland.

The UK’s leading timber systems designer and manufacturer, Stewart Milne Timber Systems, has helped Barratt Homes deliver 17 homes as part of an affordable housing project in South Queensferry, Scotland.

The new-build homes are part of the wider Agilent project, the former site of an electronics laboratory, and achieve a NHBC five-star rating. Also complying with the 2010 Scottish Building Regulations, they comprise two-storeys each in three different styles.

Speed of build, maintaining quality and flexibility were imperative to the success of the project, with the first handover to tenants taking place just six months after its initial phase was completed.

To match these requirements, Stewart Milne Timber Systems employed its 140mm open panel timber frame solution and pre-fabricated floor cassettes. The company took a partnership approach throughout, assisting with extensive upfront design. This ensured waste was reduced and material supplies were secured in advance across the supply chain, at a fixed price.

Working closely together early in the project also meant the amended core house-types could be pre-designed. This allowed timely engineering calculations and sign-off on building warrants, which enabled the Stewart Milne Timber Systems team to get on site quickly.

Alex Goodfellow, group managing director at Stewart Milne Timber Systems, said: “By managing the supply chain effectively and using innovative timber systems products, we were able to provide a fast build to the quality required of this project. It’s a clear example of how timber systems can deliver excellent homes quickly and cost effectively. 

 

“Working closely with Barratt also allowed us to anticipate material usage more accurately and specify to suit different elevations and architectural treatments. Our teams were able to react to the evolving requirements of the project, while keeping up with the demanding volume of houses that needed to be built.”

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

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