A timber-framed future for UK housing: Donaldson Timber Systems

Brick-clad timber buildings using Donaldson's timber frame system
A timber-framed future for UK housing: Donaldson Timber Systems
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Why have Donaldson Timber Systems just invested £10m in their offsite timber-frame factory? Because they anticipate a big future for timber-frame housing in the UK. They’ve boosted their capacity and technical capabilities because – like many of the UK's major housebuilders – they see timber frame as increasingly central to...
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CMA releases report on house building
Consumer watchdog calls for ‘significant’ interventions into housing
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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published its final report on the housebuilding market in Great Britain – finding that a ‘complex and unpredictable planning system’ and reliance on ‘speculative’ private development approach is failing to meet demand. The report calls for fundamental interventions by policy makers to streamline...
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timber neighbourhood
Planning permission granted for UK’s largest timber neighbourhood
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Human Nature’s radically sustainable plan for 685 new timber-frame homes for Lewes, in East Sussex, has been approved. One year after the proposal to transform a neglected 7.9-hectare brownfield site into a vibrant green neighbourhood was announced, the Phoenix development has been given the go ahead by the South Downs...
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Crafting a modern timber business
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Timber frame construction is becoming more common as builders look for more efficient, sustainable construction methods. TDUK meets Vision Development, a timber frame manufacturer and installer who is helping lead the way for timber frame construction. Vision Development is a Berkshire-based timber frame manufacturer and builder that specialises in creating...
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future for Timber
Painting a Picture of the future for Timber
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With low-carbon construction now a global issue, policy makers around the world are looking to encourage more timber construction. TDUK looks at how the UK is shaping up, and what needs to be done to affect real change. Timber bodies across the UK have been hard at work promoting the...
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A positive outlook for timber in construction
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"The current short-term challenges do not change the long-term positive outlook for timber in construction." That was the conclusion of Olle Berg, EVP Market and Business Development at SETRA Group at the recent TDUK Global Market Conference. Olle addressed delegates at the Conference in London this week, giving them an...
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YIMBY v NIMBY – Battle for the future of UK housing
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Our Policy Executive, Jack Clappen, looks at the key takeaways from the 2023 party conference season and what it means for the timber industry.  Housing is set to be a key battleground in the 2024 election, with renters, home-owners, and new buyers all struggling amidst a cost-of-living crisis. Rents are...
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‘Making buildings sing’ – a panel on timber retrofit and reuse
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After three days displaying the Wood Awards shortlist exhibition at gallery@Oxo on the Southbank, TDUK hosted a live talk as part of the Material Matters programme of sessions exploring material intelligence with architects and designers. Responding to Material Matter’s overarching concern with the reuse of waste materials and the sustainable...
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From blueprint to greenprint: the government’s roadmap to timber construction
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While Parliament was in recess this summer, the Confederation of Timber Industries were hard at work on the Timber in Construction Roadmap - due to be published in November. The government’s long promised Timber in Construction Policy Roadmap will support the expansion of low-carbon timber construction in the UK, following...
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net zero carbon homes
The Crown Estate launches demonstration projects to trial net zero carbon homes
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The Crown Estate is launching two pilot housing projects to test different approaches to building net zero homes. The projects have been identified to explore the opportunities and challenges of delivering industry-leading net zero housing developments. Both will draw on best practice in sustainable design and construction and encourage innovation...
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