Taylor Lane Timber Frame Ltd has supplied a bespoke timber frame for a new-build extension to a four-star hotel in the Vale of Glamorgan.
The new building comprises 27 bedrooms and three meeting rooms at the Llanerch Vineyard – Wales’ second oldest and largest commercial vineyard.
Established in 1980, it was purchased by entrepreneur, Ryan Davies in 2010, who was keen to expand the accommodation offer from the 11 existing rooms.
The original plan was to build the block in two stages but driven by increased demand, Davies was able to secure funding from Handelsbanken to build the 27 new rooms all at once.
The project architect proposed timber frame construction for the new building due to speed of build, noise insulation and energy performance.
Based on the architect’s recommendation, Davies appointed Taylor Lane Timber Frame to manufacture and erect the timber frame kit. The timber frame specialist supplied 140mm pre-insulated panels with factory-manufactured Masonite floor cassettes and the frame was erected by sub-contractor, 3M Timber Frame & Carpentry Ltd.
For speed and efficiency, bathroom pods were designed into the scheme and the floor cassettes were designed and factory-built with a pocket for the bathroom pods to slot in so that the floor levels married up. The pre-fabricated bathroom pods were craned into position as the build progressed.
The Taylor Lane designers also had to factor in the expected transmission of noise between rooms and from the outside, designing the floors and walls accordingly. Erected in around six weeks, the timber frame achieves a U-value of 0.19W/m2K.
“We have had a very good experience with Taylor Lane, with great service from start to finish. We especially enjoyed the tour of the professional factory,” said Davies.
The vineyard now offers 38 bedrooms, three meeting rooms – catering for both business events and weddings – a cookery school, and vineyard tours with wine tasting.