A development of 32 two and three-storey houses has been built in Cardiff Bay, using Taylor Lane Timber Frame’s standard 140mm timber frame system.
Schooner Way, a development by Morganstone, working in partnership with Cardiff Community Housing, also comprises a light steel frame apartment block and overlooks Bute East Dock.
Timber frame specialist Taylor Lane was appointed through competitive tender. It manufactured and erected a timber frame system comprising sole plates, floor and wall panels, and roof trusses for the 32 houses, which were completed in 20 weeks.
They were erected by an approved Taylor Lane sub-contractor and in accordance with the contract, quiet deliveries were scheduled, to reduce noise and disturbance in the largely residential area.
John Durkan, head of commercial at Morganstone, said: “On top of the speed of construction and the early commencement of internal trades, the appointment of a quality timber frame contractor assists in the accuracy and quality of the overall build, thus providing a better product for our clients and, ultimately the occupants of the properties, with the added benefit of reduced heating bills.
“We had worked with them [Taylor Lane] previously and were happy to continue that relationship knowing the quality of the frame and the service that we would receive.”
The project and erectors were managed by Taylor Lane contracts manager, Duane Morris, supported by an office-based project manager. Morris attended weekly progress meetings with Morganstone. and was responsible for snagging, sign-off and dealing with site issues.
Thermal performance is a recognised benefit of timber frame homes which are more thermally efficient.
“Cardiff Community Housing Association is committed to providing energy efficient homes to its tenants,” says Caroline Lewis, development director, CCHA. “Energy efficiency helps to tackle fuel poverty by reducing monthly utility bills.
“The development at Schooner Way, nestled between Cardiff City Centre and Cardiff Bay provides the perfect location for sustainable living. Combined with energy efficiency the properties will be some of the most sought after in the City.”
Since completing Schooner Way, Morganstone has continued to work with Taylor Lane on subsequent projects as a preferred timber frame contractor.