Taylor Lane Timber Frame has supplied and erected timber frame kits for a development of 322 homes for service personnel and their families in Tidworth, Wiltshire.
The company was appointed by Hill to supply frame kits for the £70 million scheme, which is being built on behalf of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), at barracks on and around Salisbury Plain.
Kits for all 322 three and four-bedroom homes were manufactured, delivered to site and erected in 13 months, with a delivery target of 10 units per week over a phased programme. Taylor Lane met the completion date target for each phase.
The timber frame kits, which comprise ground and first floor panels, floor cassettes and roof components, achieve a U-value of 0.19 W.m2K.
“We required a quick design, mobilisation and delivery function to secure construction operations on the ground and ensure that we achieved the project completion date. Taylor Lane’s ethos and attitude matched our own in this regard,” said Ryan Harris, project director at Hill, which has worked with Taylor Lane on several projects over the past decade.
Early engagement was crucial said Harris, adding: “The timber frame designs are fundamental to the commencement of site operations. We needed to know the line loads of the timber frame to design the foundations in order to secure firm costs and make an active start in the ground. Engaging the timber frame supplier early in the pre-construction stage was vital to allow an aggressive start.
“I was impressed with the competence and professionalism of Taylor Lane throughout the design and delivery processes. Manufacturing, delivery, hoisting and assembly are significant operations within their own rights and Taylor Lane were able to effectively bring all four disciplines together to achieve the delivery programme. All functions ran like clockwork and to achieve that is outstanding”.
The site is due for completion in spring 2018.