Barratt Homes North East is championing modern methods of construction across a number of developments, achieving support from Stockton Council for their latest timber frame construction. The housebuilder, which has been awarded a five star rating from the Home Builders Federation more than any other housebuilder in the UK, is encouraging the housing industry in the North East to become more innovative in order to meet productivity and sustainability targets, as well as tackle skills shortages in construction.  


Barratt Homes North East has seen major success with off-site construction recently, at its City Edge development in Blakelaw where the Foxton apartments had a build time of approximately two thirds less than that of a traditional build. At Leven Woods in Yarm, several of the homes were completed using modern methods of construction, leading to a six-week reduction in build time for a typical block of six units. This means the housebuilder is able to deliver quality homes, in a much more efficient way, with these methods greatly reducing waste and the reliance on a scarce bricklaying resource.


As well as build time, new techniques offer more benefits for the industry and homeowners alike. New timber frame homes offer significantly better levels of insulation meaning lower bills for the homeowner and a lesser impact on the environment.


Timber frames are being used at the Jubilee Gardens development in Stockton-on-tees, to build over 200 properties on this site. The selection of two, three and four bedroom properties on the development feature a range of modern house designs that suit a number of requirements and offer modern family living.


Richard McGuckin, Director of Economic Growth & Development at Stockton Council, recently visited the Jubilee Gardens development with the Managing Director of Barratt Homes North East, to see how the works are progressing. He commented: “It is great to see these modern methods of construction being used on a development in this area by Barratt Homes. We absolutely champion innovation in the house building industry, and do believe that this type of construction is the future of the industry, as it is a more environmentally friendly practice both during the build and after the construction.”


Scott Martin, Managing Director at Barratt Homes North East, commented:

“Off-site construction really is an innovative way to tackle some of the many challenges facing the housing industry at the moment. The prominent skills shortage in bricklaying and many other disciplines can lead to build delays, but not only that, weather issues, land sourcing and planning processes are all factors that can delay a build. These can be largely mitigated by an increase in off-site construction. Our aim is to make sure we are continuing to innovate in ways that help us to deliver quality housing across the North East to meet the demand here, and off-site construction is just one of the methods that help us to do that.


“We’ve seen proven success on several properties in the region so far, which is absolutely something we want to continue delivering on. These homes are premium designs that are at the forefront of modern house building. What’s more, building with timber frame means we’re not so heavily reliant on machinery for the build, which uses a lot of energy, not to mention that the finished homes themselves are much more energy-efficient.”


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