Pelham Structures Ltd specialises in the manufacture and erection of timber frames. We primarily create these frames for our own houses and builds. However, with our extensive technical knowledge, we also undertake client work for both developers and self-builders. Due to the advanced technology we utilise in these projects, we have particular capability in delivering more complicated results that allow for character features, such as vaulted ceilings, dormer windows and feature porches.
From our base in Clavering, near Saffron Walden, Pelham Structures Ltd has been producing premium timber frames for projects in Bishop’s Stortford, Cambridge, Hertford, Royston and the surrounding areas since our establishment in 1993. Our team has the ability to produce bespoke timber frames of hybrid oak and softwood timber to suit any specification. No matter what size or type of development project we carry out, we manufacture the perfect timber frames to match.
Upon receipt of construction issue drawings, our highly skilled timber frame technicians use state-of-the-art manufacturing software to create a vision of the proposed property. This process allows a viewing of the timber structure in 3D as well as the opportunity to take a virtual ‘walk around’ tour. These initial steps ensure optimal results when development projects reach completion.
When signed-off, we send the final design for the property to our factory for machining on CNC (computer numerical control) equipment. CNC machining involves the use of a computer’s software and control console to dictate the way in which manufacturing machinery operates.
The time-served craftsmen in our factory always ensure the highest of standards. Whether it’s the cutting and machining of timber, the assembling of panels or the hand finishing of oak beams, we continually uphold outstanding levels of workmanship.
With fabrication complete, we deliver the timber frame package to the relevant site in Bishop’s Stortford, Cambridge, Hertford, Royston, Saffron Walden or any of the neighbouring areas.
Once received, our FMB-certified house builders begin the process of assembling and erecting the frame.
1. DESIGN – The timber frames we manufacture comfortably meet the standards set in the government’s Code for Sustainable Homes. This code aims to promote higher standards of sustainable design, thus improving upon the minimum standards for airtightness, sound insulation, responsible sourcing, environmental impact of materials and construction waste reduction in the current Building Regulations.
2. FLEXIBILITY – As a comparatively light building material, timber is particularly well suited to brownfield sites in Bishop’s Stortford and the surrounding areas with poor soil conditions as well as those with restricted access. We can also transport modular components easily while prefabricated panels offer strict quality control and fewer post-erection quality issues.
3. SPEED OF CONSTRUCTION – When compared with other materials, the erection of a timber frame requires 25% fewer on-site labour days. This not only offers our clients a faster turnaround, it also optimises cost-effectiveness. What’s more, the application of the external skin can commence independently of the internal trades.
4. QUALITY – We manufacture each component of a timber frame with precision engineering under factory-controlled conditions. This process not only guarantees a superior product, it also eliminates the need for onsite measuring for features like doors and windows. Our fabrication drawings identify precise measurements which allow us to produce these items with total confidence, all of which leads to advanced ordering and delivery of any program.
5. APPEARANCE – We clad our timber frame structures externally, so they can be finished in a variety of styles to suit any requirement, including render, featheredge, oak clad, brick and flint. For interior spaces, we build-in beautiful oak features such as visible trusses and chamber beams. These provide a truly cosy, timber-built feel for any home in Bishop’s Stortford, Cambridge, Hertford, Royston, Saffron Walden or the neighbouring areas.
6. ENERGY EFFICIENCY – Homes with timber frames can be highly insulated. With the natural thermal qualities that timber already possesses, these properties heat up quickly making them less costly to run. In addition, during the warmer months, the insulation helps to keep them cool and comfortable.
7. ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY – When compared with masonry construction, the embodied costs of producing a timber frame are considerably less. We carefully source our timber from managed forests in the northern hemisphere. These ethical enterprises harvest mature trees and replant younger specimens in their place, thus creating a sustainable cycle.
Furthermore, timber is an organic, non-toxic and renewable building material that has the lowest CO2 emissions of any other comparable, commercially available product. For every cubic metre of wood we use instead of other materials, we save 0.8 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.