Affordable Homes Add Social Value

The current 18 residential unit project for Encon Construction which Robinson Manufacturing’s Timber Frame division is delivering in South Wales is a prime example of how timber frame construction can be used to add social value.

In a project undertaken for a local housing association, all the 18 units – broken down into 5 pairs of semi-detached houses and a block of eight apartments – will be occupied under affordable housing contracts.

Timber Frame is a fast and cost-effective construction method rapidly gaining traction in housebuilding. Increasingly it is being used by forward-looking housing associations to help provide affordable housing for areas where the national shortfall of housing continues to create real social harms.

Moving into timber frame production in recent years to enhance its traditional truss and joist production base has been a move Robinson Manufacturing (RML) has no regrets about, not least because of its versatility, speed and the cost savings it can offer.

“Being able to enhance the ability of housing associations to provide good quality homes to those in society most in need by using timber frame is something we are immensely proud of,” explained Sam Gartside, RML’s CEO. “This project is a great example of how housing associations and the communities they serve are benefiting.”

The project itself, in a reclaimed quarry, uses semi-closed insulated panels with vapour control layers (VCL) and service batons factory fitted in RML’s timber frame factory in Ebbw Vale. The first six units have just been successfully handed over to Encon, and the roofs are going on the next four later this week.

If you would like to find out more about RML’s timber frame operation, as well as metal web joists, trusses or timber frame, please contact the team directly by calling 01933 275597 or contact us by email.

Affordable Homes add Social Value

If you have a development project you’d like to talk to our timber frame team about, email or call us on 01933 279597.