Oregon Timber Frame Ltd has successfully completed a £5m PFI project for leading contractor Wates Living Space, based across several sites in Kirklees District, West Yorkshire.
Comprising the supply and erection of 340 units, over no less than 24 sites, ranging in size from 4 to 40 units, the project was delivered to programme with no major problems or delays, and no accidents.
The project represents Oregon’s largest insulated panel project to date and was constructed using Oregon’s IP™ Intelligent Panel system: key to the company’s brief was that CfSH Level 4 should be achieved on a “Fabric First” basis – and it was.
Some 90% of the units were two-storey and, in response to their location across a variety of sites throughout the district, a variety of finishes were required, ranging from rendered panels to natural stonework.
Asked about any major challenges on this significant project, Oregon’s Technical Director Robin Dodyk said:
“Without doubt the variety and location of sites, many of which were small gap sites surrounded by tightly built up areas, was the brain teaser for this project. This meant that site management and Health and Safety issues were paramount and had to be particularly carefully factored in to our construction and delivery programme. However these are areas where Oregon has well established and robust systems in place, so we were able to achieve this very effectively.”
Testament to Oregon’s success is the fact that the company was nominated in two categories for Wates Annual Awards – Health and Safety and Sub Contractor of the Year – going on to win Highly Commended in the latter.