Timber frame apartments: Why they are so right for today’s property developers and occupants

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Timber frame houses are going up all over the country – the demand has never been higher.

From luxury detached houses and private housing developments to large-scale social housing developments, timber frame is fast becoming the favoured construction material for UK property developers due to its wide-ranging benefits.

While the majority of new homes in the UK are still masonry built, the construction industry is under increasing pressure to build more homes at a time when there are major material and skills shortages. And the housing crisis and government targets are further piling on the pressure to build quicker and better.

How do timber frame apartments help to address housing issues?

Good quality apartment buildings can accommodate multiple individual occupants or small families however, building with masonry and steel (even without shortages) is slow and expensive.

Timber, on the other hand, is available and sustainable, and the build times of houses and apartment blocks can be up to 30% quicker, leading to considerable cost savings.

But that’s just the start of the benefits!

The benefits of building apartments with timber frame

As a timber frame manufacturer, we design, build and manufacture timber frame systems off-site for all kinds of buildings.

One of the major benefits to property developers is that we have technology that quickly designs an entire apartment building and produces drawings, full materials lists, and creates a complete off-site manufacturing production schedule.

The technology is so precise that there is very little material or time waste. Furthermore, any adjustments to the designs can be made quickly, avoiding delays.

The efficiency doesn’t stop there. All manufactured materials are delivered promptly to the site where they are then expertly erected by our in-house team.

Further benefits include:

Reduced on-site noise during construction
Minimum on-site waste
No delays
No staffing issues
No material delays
Reduced health or safety risks


The marketable benefits of building timber frame apartments

One of the greatest benefits for apartment block property developers is that a quick build time means quick to market.

From the occupant’s viewpoint, a timber frame apartment building offers many unique and attractive benefits including:

Energy efficiency – Target Timber’s closed panel timber frames have a ‘U’ value of 0.17 for an EPC-A or high B rating, saving money on energy bills

Soundproofing – insulated timber frame wall panels greatly reduce noise from adjacent apartments

Sustainability values – the timber frame materials come from sustainably managed forests

Ambient temperatures – timber frame buildings are so well insulated that they are naturally warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer

Low-carbon manufacturing – the trees used to build the timber frame apartments have locked-in carbon for life so emit zero carbon emissions during manufacturing.

The image above shows one of our most recent timber frame apartment projects for the developer of Maple House, Shenley Road, Hemel Hempstead.

If you are a property developer and you would like to learn more about the huge benefits of building apartment blocks with timber frame systems, please get in touch. Our expert team will happily advise and support you throughout your sustainable building project.