Aberdeenshire timber frame manufacturer hails ‘incredible’ new business wins

Some of the Kirkwood Timber Frame team outside its factory

ABERDEENSHIRE-based Kirkwood Timber Frame has announced the firm has secured £12 million worth of new business in its first year.

Having launched to the external market in August 2021, the company, which designs and delivers timber frame kits, has secured projects ranging from social and private housing developments to self-build homes and commercial projects.

Kirkwood Timber Frame revealed it has more than doubled its headcount to support the work.

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

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

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

Malcolm Thomson

“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 Scotland. So far, the firm added it has enabled 270 new homes to be built across the country with ‘sustainably sourced timber’.

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.”