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UK: Selkirk timber frame specialist expands to meet housing demand
[May 15, 2024]

The new offices will house up to 60 permanent staff

A Selkirk-based timber frame firm is embarking on a new phase of expansion with the delivery of a 900m2 office block from which to manage an increase in manufacturing capacity.

Barratt Developments is investing £24m in the facility following its acquisition of Oregon, doubling the capacity of the current temporary accommodation and incorporating a training room, meeting spaces and an improved kitchen.

Upon completion in 2025 the volume housebuilder will expand the manufacturing capacity to meet its goal of utilising modern off-site construction methods for the delivery of new homes.

Douglas McLeod, regional managing director for Barratt Developments Scotland, said: ¡°Starting construction on phase one of this expansion is a fantastic milestone for us. Since acquiring Oregon five years ago, we¡¯ve worked hard to bring our plans to fruition, so commencing work on the new office is one step closer to achieving our goals.

¡°The new block will double in capacity which aligns perfectly with our ambitions to create new employment opportunities in Selkirk. We¡¯ve invested in a great business with a high quality product and look forward to rolling out both phases of the project.¡±

Barratt is investing in off-site construction as a means to lower carbon emissions, reduce waste and reduce time spent on-site by around five weeks. The expanded plant will help the housebuilder meet its goal of ensuring a minimum of 30% of new homes utilise the technology from 2030.

In 2023 Barratt delivered 3,200 of 17,000 new UK homes using off-site techniques.

Source:  urbanrealm.com