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Leading timber frame designer, manufacturer and erector Oregon Timber Frame Ltd has been short-listed for three major industry Awards.

The company is the only manufacturer in a list of four nominees in Homes for Scotland’s “Best Supporting Company” category; and is one of three nominees in the UK Housebuilder Product Awards, in categories “Best Business Product” for their custom-designed business and manufacturing management system Frame IT; and “Best Health and Safety Product” for their cassette floors and crane-in erection process.

Sales and Marketing Director Elaine Wilson comments:

“We’re absolutely delighted to be short-listed in so many categories and against such a big field of competitors across the country- it’s a real testament to the quality of service and product which everyone in the Oregon team works so hard to deliver for our house builder customers.”

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.

Leading timber frame designer, manufacturer and erector Oregon Timber Frame Ltd has adapted its processes to deliver accelerated, energy efficient build programmes for its house builder customers.
Oregon is currently rolling out this new, accelerated system on a project in Edinburgh where it is building several show houses for a major client and will be able to deliver a saving of between six to nine weeks on the client’s standard build schedules.

Sales and Marketing Director Elaine Wilson explains:

“For many years, by its very nature, timber frame has been the ideal construction method to use when a fabric first route is wanted, delivering well-documented energy efficiency advantages in terms of low U-values, air-tightness and thermal performance.
“But while energy efficiency continues to be vital, the recent improvement in available credit for mortgages and the introduction of Help to Buy means that speed of build is once more king in terms of house builder’s profitability. We recognized this early in the year and by working closely with key customers we developed an accelerated, cost-neutral build process which is contributing significantly to performance on site and speed to marketplace – without compromising on quality of product.”

This maintenance of product quality means timber frame continues to be ideally placed to help developers meet new and improved energy efficiency targets.

Ms Wilson says:
“At Oregon we see the recent introduction of FEE as a positive step as it encourages the use of a high performance fabric first approach, which we at Oregon have been delivering for years through our OregonIP™ insulated panel system.”