Taylor Wimpey said that the development of an in-house timber frame manufacturing factory would give it “significant operational and environmental benefits” as it looks to increasing the use of prefabricated timber frames in its houses.
It said moving more to timber frames would lower the company’s carbon footprint and help it prepare for the incoming Future Homes Standard.
The new factory spans 240,000 sq ft and is next door to the company’s existing Logistics site at Kingston Park, Peterborough. Construction is expected to be completed by spring 2023 with initial focus on the production of external panels, internal partitions, and floors. First deliveries of timber frames are expected in the autumn.
Nick Wright, manufacturing and supply chain director of Taylor Wimpey, said: “The establishment of a new timber frame factory demonstrates our commitment to delivering futureproofed homes and communities. Timber frame is a key part of Taylor Wimpey’s long-terms strategy to deliver low carbon, energy efficient homes and communities, whilst also providing operational efficiencies and security of supply.”
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Taylor Wimpey, one of Britain’s largest housebuilders, has announced plans to build a state-of-the-art factory dedicated to producing timber-frame homes.
The new factory, which is set to be the most advanced of its kind in the country, is due to be built at a site in Glasgow and will be the first dedicated timber-frame housing factory in Scotland. The factory is expected to create up to 200 jobs and to produce about 500 homes per year.
Timber frame homes are becoming increasingly popular in the UK as they are more environmentally friendly, more efficient to build and less expensive than traditional brick and mortar homes. Timber frames provide excellent insulation, as well as quicker construction times, making them attractive to housebuilders.
Taylor Wimpey’s Chief Executive, Pete Redfern, said:”We are delighted to be taking the lead in making timber-frame construction available to more people than ever before in Scotland. We believe that the technology has a valuable role to play in delivering good quality, energy efficient homes to more households.”
The company is expecting the new factory to be operational by the end of this year and they are confident that it will make a significant contribution to the UK housing market. With housing shortages and rising construction costs continuing to be a major issue in the UK, the factory is sure to make a big difference.
This is great news for both Taylor Wimpey and the UK housing market and is a great step forward in providing more energy efficient and affordable homes.