Cross Training for Flexibility

As the business has grown from its roots in roof trusses to incorporate joists and more recently timber frame, our design team has grown to accommodate the specialist estimators and designers needed.

Increasingly, housebuilders are wanting multi-product deals to include trusses, joists and timber frame in the same orders. Combines with continuing growth, our estimating and design teams sometimes need more flexibility, while our experienced staff are also keen to further develop their skills.

Head of Design Sarah Horden has put in place a cross training programme, starting with a small group, with rollout planned over the next twelve months to solve these challenges:

“This cross training for our designers is already showing benefits when we have work in that requires all products. These projects are allocated to multi-trained estimators and designers so multi-product quotes are completed and sent out together.”

With clear benefits to housebuilders and for the business, this also provides career development opportunities for Sarah’s team, who are largely based at RML Central in Wellingborough, RML West Midlands in Wolverhampton and RML Scotland in Fife.

If you’re interested in a career in Design at Robinson Manufacturing, email

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