On the back of winning the Build It Award for Best Timber Frame Home, the team at Frame Technologies are also celebrating reaching the finals of the Offsite Awards for Housing Project of the Year.

After receiving hundreds of outstanding entries the Build It Awards judging panel, consisting of the magazine’s editor Chris Bates and a range of industry experts, awarded the coveted prize of Best Timber Frame Home to the experienced team at Frame Technologies for The Hen House.

From the core structural solution to the timber roof tiles, the natural beauty of wood is evident throughout this highly individual self build project which has been sensitively carved into the hillside. The offsite manufactured timber frame solution overcomes a difficult site responding with modern sustainable design, maximising views and natural light in the interior spaces whilst not compromising on energy-efficiency or beautiful detailing.

Director of Frame Technologies, Simon Orrells said of the win: “This project presented some major challenges – which makes picking up the Build It Award even more rewarding. To maximise the potential of offsite manufactured timber technology we like to get involved at the early design stages. On this occasion our specialist services were called upon when the project was deemed to be in trouble and the traditional build methods originally proposed, simply could not deliver. The site was a tough one – a steep, wooded plot with a gradient of circa 50 degrees and a large proportion of the site area is covered by a tree protection order but we were up for the challenge and are absolutely delighted with the final result.”

The house is positioned in the spot where the hens used to live, hence the name – the Hen House. From the road this development appears to be single storey, however due to be being built on a steep incline, only the true scale of the project can be seen from the rear. The clients bought Passivhaus methodology into the process, but they were not initially committed to the standard itself. Having visited some completed projects on Passivhaus open days, this changed and a fully functioning Passivhaus was the target.

Simon continued: “Our clients are delighted with the final building and said that the team have helped them to achieve their dream of building a new, sustainable home that is fit for future generations.”

Frame Technologies have been shortlisted in the Offsite Awards for Boscage Lodge, another of their projects designed and built to Passivhaus standards. The Offsite Awards which reward outstanding examples of prefabrication and factory-based methods that increasingly strive to develop a sustainable, streamlined and cost-effective way to build – will be announced on 05 March 2019 at Excel, London.

Frame Technologies has been the first timber frame specialist contractor to be independently audited for the Structural Timber Association’s Membership and Quality Standards Scheme, STA Assure – the company achieved Gold Status.