Industry News

Timber frame to account for 27% of new housing market share, says STA

According to a new report by the Structural Timber Association (STA), timber frame is expected to account for 27% of new housing by 2017.

The 'Timber Trends report', analyses the market growth of timber frame housing from 2013 and forecasts growth to 2017, showing a steady increase in house starts of ca 2% annually.

Since 2013, more than 150,000 homes have been built per year. Following the positive trend, with 184,605 (+3%) new housing starts expected in 2017, the market share of timber frame could eventually rise to 27%. 

“The advantages of high quality, quickly built timber frame homes and commercial buildings have become increasingly recognised by a wider audience, not least by the government where the benefits that timber frame provides will help meet new home building targets,” said Andrew Carpenter, Chief executive of the Structural Timber Association (STA). “These benefits are increasingly enjoyed by construction companies, as recently confirmed by the adoption of timber frame as a mainstream method by Barratt Developments plc and with similar large scale operations also in the process of turning to structural timber solutions.”

“Approximately 40% more detached timber frame homes were built in England in 2014 than in 2013. As the trend continues to make progress in the private housing sector, now is the ideal time for structural timber companies to take advantage of the vast number of opportunities available to them", concluded Mr Carpenter.

Arup Associates wins Best Use of Timber prize at the Offsite Awards 2015

The Believe in Better Building project by Arup Associates was awarded the Best Use of Timber prize yesterday at the Offsite Awards 2015 in London.

The category, sponsored by the CTI, rewarded the exemplar use of timber in projects across any UK construction sector. Including cross laminated timber (CLT), glulam, timber frames, SIPS ans associated open and closed panel systems, the winning project used timber as a major factor in delivering quality, factor-controlled, robust and sustainable offsite manufacture.

Remarkably, the same category included The Cube Building by Engenuiti, awarded the Offsite Awards 'Winner of the Winners' prize. The project represents a mirable example of a hybrid residential building which combines solid CLT and steel structure with an innovative design.

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CPA comments on Spending Review: 'Few surprises for the Construction Industry'

Dr Diana Montgomery, Chief Executive of the Construction Products Association (CPA), said today’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement contains "few suprises for the Construction Industry."

Commenting Chancellor George Osborne's speech, Dr Montgomery outlined as "the most relevant highlights concern the new Apprenticeship Levy, the government’s plans for affordable housing and the confirmed support for industrial strategies throughout this Parliament."

"Some in our industry will be pleased to hear the Chancellor clarify its ambitions for the Apprenticeship Levy", she added. "Today we learned that it will be paid on payrolls in excess of £3 million. The Chancellor suggests this means less than two percent of UK employers will pay it; however, we estimate that the Levy may affect manufacturers with as few as 100 employees. We appreciate the establishment of a new employer-led bod to set apprenticeship standards and ensure quality, not quantity. This body needs to include manufacturers and distribution representatives of the construction supply chain. The critical focus must be on a ‘light-touch’ approach that delivers the right skills."

“The government’s plans for housing now include a total of 400,000 new ‘affordable’ homes by 2020, with support for Starter Homes and shared ownership schemes. Our view continues to be that while we’re pleased with the government’s aim to help first time buyers, the housing crisis has less to do with supporting demand and more to do with increasing the supply. Today’s plans – paired with a raft of measures addressing planning reforms, the release of appropriate land for housing and help for SME house builders – may go some way towards achieving that.”

Dr Montgomery concluded: “Finally, we’re encouraged to hear the government indicate its support for the industrial strategies. While the details are yet to be revealed, we believe that this commitment to long-term policy measures will underpin business confidence. Today’s statement reflects a range of issues relevant to both the Chancellor and the UK construction industry where a long-term strategy for manufacturing will help boost economic growth and productivity.”

Impressive figures for the UK Construction Week 2015

The UK Construction Week 2015 took place last month setting the benchmark as the must attended yearly event for the whole construction trade.

The figures are impressive: over 24,000 industry professionals involved and 180 presentations from over 250 firms hosted. The event also covered the latest developments in BIM, Smart Technologies and approached the housing crisis, skills shortage, and UK energy policy.

In the Content Zone of the UK Construction Week website it is possible to download some of the most interesting presentations: - UK Government Construction Policy through 2019; - What's the future for building cities in wood? - Best practice approaches to apprenticeships in housing; - Smart Buildings of the Future.

The next edition of the event will take place from 18 to 20 October 2016. Find out more here.

Crest Nicholson is Housebuilder of the Year

Crest Nicholson has been awarded Housebuilder of the Year at the Housebuilder Awards 2015 in London.

A2Dominion won medium sized Housebuilder of the Year, while Larkfleet conquered the small Housebuilder of the Year award.

Crest Nicholson won the Best community initiative award and also picked up the award for Best design (four storeys or more) for its Townhouse Collection at Bath Riverside. Fabrica by A2Dominion won Best low or zero carbon initiative for Elmsbrook at NW Bicester.

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