Care home construction Â traditional or timber frame?
|Many operators are now actively pursuing the development of new care homes. As the first of a series of articles on care home development, executive chairman of Castleoak Construction Mel Knight examines the use of timber frame as a method of construction.| Confidence is returning to the care home sector, and many people contemplating new development will have heard of timber frame as a method of construction. Some will have heard that it is a fast and efficient way to build. Others may have heard scare stories about problems associated with timber frame. Many of these emanate from an infamous “World in Action” documentary in the mid-1980s which highlighted many examples of bad practice, and led to a sharp decline in the use of timber frame in England and Wales. Today, the climate is very different. The timber frame industry has moved on and the design, manufacture and erection of timber frame systems have improved vastly. Many of the major housebuilders have switched back to the timber frame method of const