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The STA introduces factory tours for house builders

The Structural Timber Association (STA) has announced a series of factory tours this autumn, aimed at introducing major UK house builders to the benefits of building in structural timber.
The Structural Timber Association (STA) has announced a series of factory tours this autumn, aimed at introducing major UK house builders to the benefits of building in structural timber.

The factory tours are designed to engage directly with the nation’s house builder community; to effectively demonstrate how timber can respond to their current construction needs, providing flexibility, reliability and speed of build.

The Association has invited industry leaders to the tours at a number of member locations across the UK, to learn how they could switch to building in timber and capitalise on the current upturn in the housing market.

Speaking about the initiative, chairman of the STA, Lawrence Young explains: “Private developers have historically looked to the timber industry to shorten time to market and provide more stable and predictable building programs.  With the slow and somewhat fickle market conditions experienced over the past few years, fast build programs haven’t been at the top of everyone’s agenda. However, we’re now seeing developers needing to react to changes in market conditions and bring new sites to market quickly.

“The solution to this challenge is simple: move to building in structural timber. Lead-times can be reduced by four weeks on an average sized house and build programs become predictable - almost irrespective of weather related issues. While using structural timber won’t eliminate all delays it will certainly shorten time to market and ensure developers have homes for sale at the right time.”

The tours will take place at the following locations throughout November and December:

12 November – Kingspan Timber Solutions, Sandy, Bedfordshire

12 November – Stewart Milne Timber Systems Ltd, Westhill, Aberdeen

18 November – CCGOSM, Glasgow

19 November – Pinewood Structures, Sandy, Bedfordshire

26 November – Frame Wise Ltd, Presteigne, Powys

27 November – Scotframe Timber Engineering Ltd, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire

04 December – Stewart Milne Timber System Ltd, Witney, Oxfordshire

05 December – Scotframe Timber Engineering Ltd, Cumbernauld, Lanarkshire

10 December – Taylor Lane, Hereford, Herefordshire

Each will follow the itinerary below, although exact timings could change from site to site:

09.30am: Arrival with tea/coffee

10.00am: Benefits of Timber Frame Construction

10.30am: Factory Tour

12.00pm: Lunch

Places on a tour can be booked by contacting Bob Davis – bob@structuraltimber.co.uk
 
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