Go timber, never go back was the sentiment from London and Surrey developers BBM Property Group. In their words, “We often thought of timber frame homes as a lightweight form of construction, but in reality, it is a custom-made structure that is remarkably strong, durable and sustainable. We would most definitely go timber frame on every given opportunity.”

BBM Property Group got in touch with regards to their development of a two-storey apartment block in Purley, South Croydon. With over 70 years of combined experience in the development industry, BBM were aware of the benefits for off-site timber frame construction over traditional brick and block construction. Choosing timber frame for this development due to the accelerated speed of construction, the frame was erected in a matter of weeks. Off-site manufacture sees the frame precisely fabricated in a controlled environment, eliminating variables such as bad weather. Construction time can be reduced by up to 60% with timber frame.

The Benefits to Timber Frame Construction

Not only is the build time greatly reduced when using timber frame, but the reduced foundation requirements means money is saved on the overall project costs. As this project was the company’s first foray into timber frame construction, they have been extremely impressed by the process and service delivered by the team at Paramount Timber Frame.

“Using timber frame construction has been a huge asset to the company. As the industry has evolved and the demand for housing surges, there is an increased pressure to deliver high quality, good value housing quickly.

Some of the main benefits we have found when working with Paramount Timber Frame are factors such as: reduced wastage of materials, a more streamlined supply chain, less reliance on specific labouring skills and a swift completion time,” said David Best, Director of BBM Property Group.

Timber Frame or Brick and Block

When making his consideration for either timber frame or brick and block, David looked into the advantages and disadvantages for homeowners. One of the many benefits to timber frame is its ability to achieve a better thermal performance than brick and block structures. This benefits the homeowners as the natural structure provides insulation, keeping the house warm in the Winter and cool in the Summer, whist also reducing energy costs.

When asked why BBM Property Group chose Paramount Timber Frame as the manufacturer for the project, Best said: “Four timber frame companies were invited for quotations and Paramount was the most competitive by far. The company is pleasant and professional, and we were particularly impressed by the the service we received from Paramount, as they went over and above in all areas of the process, which goes a long way with us.”