August 11th 2022

Kirkwood Timber Frame secures £12m of new business in first year

Kirkwood Timber Frame secures £12m of new business in first year

Aberdeenshire-based timber manufacturer, Kirkwood Timber Frame, has secured £12million worth of new business prior to its first anniversary, today, August 11, 2022.

Having only launched to the external market in August 2021, the company, which designs and delivers high quality timber frame kits across the United Kingdom, has attained projects ranging from social and private housing developments to one-off self-build homes and commercial projects.

To accommodate the high volume of project wins, Kirkwood Timber Frame has more than doubled its headcount.

Starting out with 14 employees in August 2021, the timber manufacturer now has a total headcount of 35, which includes a mix of factory operatives, estimators, technical managers, designers, business development roles and more.

Initially launched after a £2million investment from its sister company Kirkwood Homes to meet the growing demand of timber kits in the region, the manufacturer operates as a stand alone entity and has primarily focused on expanding its factory in Sauchen, Aberdeenshire.

Doubling in size, the 52,118ft2 facility boasts state-of-the-art production machinery for the manufacture of timber frame wall panels, cassette floors, staircases and doorsets.

Malcolm Thomson, business development director at Kirkwood Timber Frame said: “The new business we have secured is incredible and emphasises the demand for high quality timber frame products aligned to a great service.

“Thanks to the £2million invested into the business, which allowed us to revamp and extend our factory, we have transformed the process of manufacturing our timber frame kits.

“This improves the safety of our growing team, increases quality for our customers and ultimately drives down lead times to increase the volume of projects we can support across the North-east and throughout the country.

“Our growth is a testament to not only our products but our people. It’s been rewarding to bring together a group of like-minded, passionate and talented local people to enable them to thrive in an innovative, growing company. I can’t thank them enough for their enthusiasm and commitment.”

Kirkwood Timber Frame partners with builders, developers, self-builders and architects across the United Kingdom. So far, it has enabled 270 new, energy-efficient homes to be built with sustainably sourced timber, helping reduce waste and carbon emissions.

Malcolm added: “Following our fast paced growth, our focus remains to deliver a first-class service and we are continuing to look at how we can digitalise the way we work to help reach net-zero goals.

“By incorporating more technology into our daily activity, especially our factory operations, we are reducing the amount of paper and energy we use as an organisation. Collectively, we aim to work towards an environmentally friendly future.”

Kirkwood Timber Frame is the sister company of Kirkwood Homes. With more than 30 years’ experience combined between the organisations, Kirkwood Timber Frame strives to improve the timber frame industry as a whole, as well as its role in achieving net-zero in Scotland by 2045.