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Scotframe expands its self-build operation

Leading timber frame specialist Scotframe - with a presence in Inverurie, Dundee and Cumbernauld - has demonstrated its confidence in the growing numbers who plan to build their own homes, with the creation of a dedicated self-build division supported by state-of-the-art showroom facilities.

Olga Luengo-Gonzalez (pictured) has been appointed Sector Director - Self Build responsible for ensuring that Scotframe is best placed to tap into increasing demand for self-built, timber frame homes.  She spent 18 years with Scotframe parent company, the Saint-Gobain Group, most recently managing an international team responsible for marketing and innovation. 

Based in Nottingham, she will be responsible for over 30 Scotframe self-build specialists across the UK.

In addition, to enable customers to experience the qualities of timber frame construction in the built environment, new showroom facilities are being created at Scotframe’s existing manufacturing centre at Cumbernauld, west of Glasgow; a complete showhome is to be constructed in Chorley in Lancashire and another self-build centre is planned for the East Midlands.

Ms Luengo-Gonzalez said:

“We have ambitious growth plans and are aiming to double our turnover in our self-build division in the next few years.  We are putting in place specialist advice and support for customers as they embark on their self-build journey, adding value at every stage. This will include creating 3D-designs and architectural drawings of their dream home.

“We have a superb product in terms of the ease of construction and proven thermal performance of our wall, floor and roof panels.  And with the sound financial backing of Saint-Gobain and a growing team of technical and customer service experts, we are in a strong position to build our customer network across the UK.”

To further bolster Scotframe, Greg Watson has been appointed Technical Manager.  His role will see him provide thermal and structural solutions to customers, developers and stakeholders, ensuring that there is a full understanding of industry legislation and sector-specific guidelines. Greg brings almost 18 years’ experience to the role and has extensive knowledge within the roof truss and timber engineering industry across the UK, Europe and North America.

Justin Dumigan has been appointed Quality & Business Controls Manager, based at Cumbernauld with responsibility across the UK. He joins from the aerospace industry and brings decades of experience to drive further manufacturing and other process improvements while enhancing Scotframe’s sustainability credentials. 

Liz Watson becomes Human Resources Manager following a year covering maternity leave which saw her role become increasingly vital as a result of customer demand for additional resources across the company.  Liz’s career has spanned sectors from publishing to higher and further education. 

A further four roles are also being created to provide additional support in dealing with initial enquiries from customers, providing design and architectural services, through to providing accurate cost estimates to enable would-be self-builders and commercial developers to make confident decisions at the planning stages.

Ian Winroth, Managing Director of Scotframe, said:  

“We see huge potential to grow our self-build operation, particularly south of the border.  Scotland leads the way in timber frame construction, with 83% of new build homes in Scotland using timber frame, compared to just 23% in England. However, the market share for timber construction in England is rising and, with a dedicated end-to-end team in place, we are now well-positioned to support our growth plans in this regard.”

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