BROWNFIELD GOES GREEN FOR OREGON

Leading timber frame designer, manufacturer and supplier Oregon Timber Frame Ltd is currently supplying structural timber frames to a new brownfield site development for CALA Homes Ltd by the Albert Dock of Edinburgh’s historic port of Leith.

Ocean Drive, Leith is a development of 32 three and four bedroom, 3-storey townhouses and nine flats, built in four distinct blocks. In keeping with this lively re-generated Port area, the architecture of the development has a nautical theme, with the design of one of the apartments representing a ship’s prow.

The nature of this brownfield site was such that piling was required, making timber frame an ideal choice for the construction.

Oregon’s Technical Director Robin Dodyk explains:

“Timber frame’s lightweight nature ensured that the size and design of the piles could be kept to an absolute minimum, avoiding any damage to the historic dock walls.”

As always with Oregon, a fabric first approach was taken to the design, ensuring that the completed homes are highly energy efficient and that no renewable technologies will be required to achieve a high performing, highly sustainable development.