Now in to our second year of trading we are enjoying a substantial increase in sales from last year and have been pleased to work with a variety of clients on a range of exciting projects. It hasn’t all be plain sailing, especially in the early days, but we are thrilled by what we have achieved so far and looking forward to the future. We are extremely grateful for the support of all our customers past and present (and future!) and our brilliant team of staff for their commitment and hard work. No time to stop and reflect though, we’ve got work to do.
We are now offering the full package from design through to installation with all aspects covered in house. Here is one of our projects we are currently installing in Hillingdon for a swimming pool, the structure was designed by Buckland Timber and pre-fabricated in our workshop ready for erection on site.
Another mention for Buckland Timber by TTJ – Research Required – an interesting article on the future of UK grown timber in the construction industry and the limitations faced through lack of research.
We started out with the aim to showcase what can be done with local timber and to increase its use in high value products such as glulam. However nearly all UK grown timber is currently graded at C16 with the default specification for many engineers and architects being C24 urging exploration into the possibilities of raising the strength class. Testing of the structural performance of British timber in glulam is something we have been looking into but in the mean time we are able to use it in our worktops, canopies and smaller structures or by re-calculation to substitute C24 with C16.
High quality timber is available in the South West and we believe this is an undervalued resource. While there are some benefits in reduced haulage for local timber, we see a wider potential benefit in helping to increase the market share for timber as a sustainable building material. There are plans in the pipeline for home grown larch……
Just for something a little different, we have been manufacturing some bridges in the workshop here at Buckland Timber. One of them glulam and the other green oak. Both pre-assembled in the workshop and delivered to site in one piece. The largest a siberian larch glulam construction with a 21m span. Designed and built for a remote location in Scotland, taking the final leg of its journey by helicopter.
It does look a little precarious in the photograph but the bridge was finally installed safely. We look forward to seeing photographs of the young haggis using it to cross the river to graze in the snow capped mountains.
More pictures of the completed bridges can be found in our gallery.