Walker Timber Group provided a complete engineered timber solution for a large housing development at Beacon Barracks in Stafford. The project included the design and supply of timber kits, insulated wall panels, floor cassettes and roof trusses.
Timber frame specialist Walker Timber Group was contracted by Lovell Partnerships Ltd in summer 2014 to design and supply the structural kits for 346 units for MOD Stafford. The housing development at Beacon Barracks in Stafford was being built to accommodate soldiers and their families returning from Germany as part of the British Army’s relocation back to the UK. With families scheduled to move in from September 2015, the large scale project needed to be delivered in just six months, without compromising on quality.
Walker Timber Group provided a complete engineered timber solution for the project, designing and supplying not just the timber kits, but also insulated wall panels, floor cassettes and roof trusses.
To meet the scale and time limitations on the project, Walker utilised two of the Group’s factories – one in Stafford and one in Cambridgeshire – which gave them good coverage, as well as back up and continuity of supply.
Walker Timber Group erected the frames for all 346 units on the super garrison in record time, averaging at 64 plots per month – equivalent to an incredible 15 homes per week.
The level of teamwork involved in this project ensured that the build programme went perfectly, allowing the very tight deadline to be met. Walker Timber and Lovell worked closely and seamlessly together from day one, to ensure the programme was on schedule and that all units were completed with no compromise on quality.
The specification required of the timber frame for these houses was to achieve an external wall u-value of 0 .19 W/m2K. Walker Timber succeeded in meeting this target by using factory fitted Kingspan Therma product TW55 insulation. The resulting homes are high quality and energy efficient, with no need for renewable add-ons.
Many developers look to timber frame to benefit from the combination of speed and the ability to build high performance building envelopes. This project really demonstrated these factors, resulting in the fastest housing project in Europe.
John Leary, Project Director at Lovell Partnerships LTD said:
“The working partnership with Walker Timber Group was incredibly beneficial in helping us complete the super garrison ahead of the soldiers and their families’ arrival.
Speed and expertise were key and Walker Timber met with our rigorous and uncompromisingly high standards for such a prestigious project. This project has been frequently cited as the fastest show in town. In my 35 year career I haven’t seen anything that comes near the ‘15 a week’ homes that have been erected here in Stafford.“