Traditional oak framing in a modern world

Traditional oak framing in a modern world

Traditional oak framing in a modern world

Although traditional oak framing is a historic building method that has been around for hundreds of years, it is as relevent within the construction industry today as it ever has been. With the shift in the building industry towards more sustainable methods, timber framing will only become a more important part of the industry.

When well-managed timber is used, oak frames provide a sustainable and low impact method of building. When used correctly, the durability of oak will ensure that buildings last for hundreds, not tens, of years.

Green Oak Frames – The Manufacturing Process

Timber frames are often built away from the final location of the structure. This off-site manufacture allows an efficient build process, as the groundwork preparation (on site) and construction of the frame (off site) can run simultaneously.

Once complete in the workshop, the individual components are loaded on to a lorry and transported to site. With the aid of a crane or suitable lifting device, the oak frames (depending on size) are erected in a very short space of time, allowing the build to progress at speed.

There are limitations for the sole use of solid timber beams for construction. However, with the integration of stainless steel plates, shoes and brackets, larger distances can be spanned whilst meeting the structural requirements.

All our frames are produced in the workshop in Cumbria, then delivered to clients around the country.

Timber framed bridge with green oak decking.
Painted softwood bridge with green oak decking at Dumfries House, Ayrshire.
Timber framed agricultural building - cow shed at Dumfries House.
Cow shed constructed from Scottish larch and reclaimed slates.
Oak framed porch with a Yorkshire slate roof.
Traditional oak framed porch with a Yorkshire stone flag roof.

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