Taking the lead using home grown timber


​Wales & West Housing are very excited with the completion of 11 very high quality apartments in Rhos-on-Sea, as it is the first project of its kind to be built from home grown timber.

WWH is a founding member of Woodknowledge Wales (WKW), which promotes industry innovation, research and development for the Welsh wood industry. The video below shows how the scheme was built using the wood.

Most developments use imported wood as it is in greater supply, but we want to build more homes using home grown wood, create more jobs in the local community and keep the money in Wales.

The wood chosen for the £947,504 development, is home grown Sitka spruce wood that comes from a sawmill in Newbridge-on-Wye, mid-Wales.

Wales & West Housing, supported by Conwy County Borough Council, contracted Williams Homes (Bala) Ltd to undertake the construction work. Williams Homes have a strong track record in timber frame construction in North Wales and in recent years have pioneered the use of home grown timber on many conventional and innovative low carbon construction projects.

Owain Williams, of Williams Homes, said: “We are using a modern open panel timber frame construction made entirely from home grown timber.  An innovative feature of the construction is the use of a highly sustainable wood-fibre insulation board in an open surround. This helps to support good indoor air quality and improves thermal and acoustic performance.”

Shayne Hembrow, Deputy Chief Executive and Commercial Director of WWH, said: We’re excited to support the use of home grown timber in this development and hope that other businesses will follow this lead.  As with all our projects, sustainability is a key consideration in design, delivery and use. By using home grown timber, we will be supporting our forestry industry, keeping the money in Wales and creating jobs for people in Wales.

Woodknowledge Wales supported the project and are ambitious for other developers to follow this lead, building more homes in Wales which use local timber.

Gary Newman, Chair of Woodknowledge Wales, said: We are delighted to be showcasing this project as an excellent example of what can be achieved when the client and main contractor have a shared and real commitment to delivering high performance housing at the same time as supporting the local and regional economic development.

Cllr Sue Lloyd-Williams, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Housing for Conwy County Borough Council, said: We all know that there is a need for more affordable homes, and by using local skills and materials to build these new homes this development project provides economic benefits for the area too – I’m looking forward to seeing the project progress and the homes become a reality.”