Schooner Way, Cardiff Bay

Taylor Lane Timber Frame has supplied its standard 140mm timber frame system for Schooner Way, a development by Morganstone, working in partnership with Cardiff Community Housing Association (CCHA).  Comprising 32 two and three storey houses and an apartment block, the development in Cardiff Bay is dockside, overlooking Bute East Dock.

Taylor Lane was appointed timber frame contractor through competitive tender.  The timber frame specialist manufactured and erected a timber frame system comprising sole plates, floor and wall panels, and roof trusses.  The timber frame kits for the 32 houses were completed in 20 weeks, erected by an approved Taylor Lane sub-contractor.  In accordance with the contract, quiet deliveries were scheduled, to reduce noise and disturbance in the largely residential area.

John Durkan, head of commercial at Morganstone, says, “On top of the speed of construction and the early commencement of internal trades, the appointment of a quality timber frame contractor assists in the accuracy and quality of the overall build, thus providing a better product for our clients and, ultimately the occupants of the properties, with the added benefit of reduced heating bills.

We had worked with them [Taylor Lane] previously and were happy to continue that relationship knowing the quality of the frame and the service that we would receive.”

The project and erectors were managed by Taylor Lane contracts manager, Duane Morris, supported by an office-based project manager.  Duane attended weekly progress meetings with Morganstone.  In his site-based role, Duane is responsible for snagging, sign-off and dealing with site issues.  He ensures the right product is with the right people, at the right time.

The site required a collaborative and proactive relationship between main contractor and timber frame supplier; Morganstone constructed a light steel frame apartment block at the bottom of the site while Taylor Lane erected the houses.  It was also a very prominent build as the site was adjacent to the Cardiff County Council offices!

Thermal performance is a recognised benefit of timber frame construction.  Manufacturing timber frame homes that are lower energy and more thermally efficient is becoming easier which is better for the environment and ultimately, good for residents’ pockets.

“Cardiff Community Housing Association is committed to providing energy efficient homes to its tenants,” says Caroline Lewis, Development Director, CCHA.  “Energy efficiency helps to tackle fuel poverty by reducing monthly utility bills.

“The development at Schooner Way, nestled between Cardiff City Centre and Cardiff Bay provides the perfect location for sustainable living.  Combined with energy efficiency the properties will be some of the most sought after in the City.”

Since completing Schooner Way, Morganstone has continued to work with Taylor Lane on subsequent projects as a preferred timber frame contractor.

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