Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning, Kevin Stewart MSP, officially opened the new Dundee office of Scotframe Timber Engineering Ltd, an industry leader in the supply of full timber kit packages for housing and commercial projects across the UK.
Established in 1989 in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, the company now has 190 employees and a £36m turnover and was acquired by global group Saint-Gobain in 2017.
Scotframe has two manufacturing facilities in Inverurie and at Cumbernauld as well as sales offices and showrooms at Inverness, Swindon and Dundee. The new Dundee office, at 1 Valentine Court, offers the company additional space as it continues to grow, and is also home to a showroom and a new training hub for both employees and customers.
At the opening event, Stewart toured the facility and met with representatives from Scotframe along with regular customer, Cairnrowan Custom Homes, long term supplier NorDan and local architectural practice Jon Frullani Architect.
“The Scottish Government wants everyone in Scotland to live in affordable, quality homes that meet their needs. This is central to building and sustaining a fairer and more prosperous Scotland and is why we have committed to delivering at least 50,000 affordable homes, of which 35,000 will be for social rent, by March 2021,” said Stewart.
“It has been a pleasure to visit Scotframe today to see this new facility, which demonstrates the company’s continuing commitment to the Scottish housing market.”
Malcolm Thomson, sales director at Scotframe added: “Our new Dundee premises are absolutely pivotal to our growth plans. It was wonderful of Mr Stewart to take the time to open this new office and hear about our plans for future growth.
“We also had the chance to talk to him about our ‘fabric first’ approach to building, which involves ‘designing in’ energy efficiency from the outset of a project, which can dramatically reduce energy costs for future occupiers. We believe it’s one of the best ways to tackle fuel poverty while also future-proofing Scotland’s housing stock.”