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Scotframe, one of Scotland's largest offsite timber frame specialists, has launched a permanent showroom and sales office at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre (NSBRC) in Swindon, as it targets a larger share of the English self-build housing market.
Headquartered in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotframe is an industry leader in the supply of full kit packages for housing and commercial projects in the UK. Established in 1989, the company now has 160 employees and a £35m turnover. It has two manufacturing facilities in Inverurie and at Cumbernauld as well as sales offices and showrooms at Inverness and Dundee.
Scotframe was acquired by Saint- Gobain - a global group with 18,000 employees in the UK alone - in November last year, a move which Scotframe believes will help accelerate its expansion into English markets. Scotframe's annual turnover in England is currently £2.5m, and the company hopes to treble that figure over the next three years.
The National Self Build and Renovation Centre is the UK's only permanent venue for independent advice and support on self-build, renovation and home improvements. It offers free and impartial advice to anyone looking to undertake such a project, as well as access to a range of exhibitors. Scotframe's show home was launched at the centre's National Self Build and Renovation Show on 11th May. The company is currently recruiting a new member of staff who will be based at the centre.
Malcolm Thomson, sales director at Scotframe said: 'Scotland leads the way in timber frame construction, with 83% of new build homes in Scotland using timber frame, compared to just 23% in England. However, the market share for timber construction in England is steadily rising and I believe this trend will continue.
"Timber frame is a particularly attractive option for self-build, which is growing in popularity south of the border, thanks to the recent Right to Build legislation. We hope having a presence at the NSBRC will help us tap into this burgeoning self-build market in England, especially as we have over 28 years of experience and expertise, during which time we have supplied over 30,000 houses.
"Sometimes the hardest part about a self-build project is knowing where to start, so now we have a permanent home at the NSBRC, we're here to help anyone who might have any questions about any aspect of self-build."