With Stewart Milne being one of the biggest names in timber frame in the UK, we wanted to see how they differed from other manufacturers...
Chris Guyatt, Associate, GWP Architecture
Whilst we hadn’t worked with them previously, we had attended seminars by them.
During the early design stages their Design Co-ordinator Frank Stracken, worked closely with the whole design team to make sure that the timber frame was fully coordinated with mechanical and electrical systems whilst achieving the architectural design we required. One of the real advantages of using Stewart Milne was that their System allowed a much easier installation of services throughout the building.
Frank was constantly on the phone or coming to our office to resolve any design queries. He helped ensure that our plans met Planning requirements and made sure it went as smoothly as possible. As a result we have ended up with what we initially set out to achieve.
Working with Stewart Milne Timber Systems helped us achieve a BREEAM outstanding award, because all the timber used within the frame is FSC sourced which was closely monitored by the BREEAM Assessor. Panelised Timber Frame Construction was used to rapidly achieve a weather tight building envelope which allowed services and internal finishes to commence early within the construction process which reduced the construction programme. The use of timber for the building shell is highly sustainable as timber is the only construction material with a positive impact on the environment as it is a renewable resource and acts as a carbon store. The use of a timber frame also facilitates the building to be highly insulated between the studwork and extremely airtight with the use of membranes fixed to the internal face of the timber frame.
We worked very well with Stewart Milne and achieved the best possible outcome. I would have no hesitation in recommending Stewart Milne Timber Systems and we hope to use them again in the future.