Barratt Developments buys specailist timber frame company

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Barratt Developments has leaped into the offsite production market and has bought one of the UK’s largest timber frame manufacturers.

Selkirk, Scotland based Oregon Timber Frame Limited is currently one of Barratt’s key timber frame suppliers.

Barratt has a target of building at least 20% of its homes using an element of offsite construction, including timber frame, by 2020.

Over the last three years the firm has built 5,500 homes using timber frame construction.

It currently uses timber frame in the majority of residential properties it builds in Scotland and is increasing its use across England and Wales.

Steven Boyes, Chief Operating Officer, Barratt Developments PLC, commented saying: “Barratt is committed to increasing the number of homes we build using offsite construction as part of our overall volume growth aspirations and to mitigate the current skills challenges facing the industry.

“Oregon is the perfect company to help us do that, with a highly experienced management team, a skilled workforce and a high quality product.”

Rod Lawson, Chairman, Oregon Timber Frame Limited, said further: “We’re very proud of what we have achieved over the last two decades, building a successful company with a fantastic workforce.

“Now we welcome the next chapter with Barratt who are as committed to quality as we are and have exciting plans for the future of both of our businesses.”

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