TF Cheaper & Quicker
According to a study by cost consultant Rider Levett Bucknall UK, timber frame construction is marginally cheaper than masonry but substantially quicker for affordable housing. They claim it as the industry’s first such construction cost comparison report.
2.8% Cheaper and nearly 20% quicker
Prices were taken from four contractors for independently supplied designs and RLB bills of quantities. Overall cost per square metre was £1,148.38 for timber and £1,180.34 for masonry, with a build time of 41 weeks for timber and 49 weeks for masonry.
External Works and Services Excluded
The study compared the buildings only, with the external works and utility services excluded. It assumed a continuous build on site from start to finish and no difference in foundations required. The location of the theoretical project for the study was Birmingham with good access to main trunk roads.
Contractors & Suppliers
Prices were supplied by contractors Gilbert & Goode, Robert Woodhead Ltd, Speller Metcalfe and WRW Construction. Oakworth Homes, Pinewood Structures and Stewart Milne Timber Systems provided their pricing information for the timber frame element.
Architects & Structural Engineers
The house type designs were prepared by HTA Design LLP with structural engineering input by Milner Associates.
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