BENFIELD ATT GROUP

5-6 CASTLE WAY
SEVERNBRIDGE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE
CALDICOT
GWENT NP26 5PR

Tel: 01291 437050
Fax: 01291 437051

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Suppliers of: Timber frame roof trusses, timber frame kits, post and beam systems, timber engineering

Benfield ATT (Advanced Timber Technology) Group

Whether you are an Architect, Self-Builder, House Builder, Social Housing Provider, Developer or Contractor, our comprehensive services can help you realise your projects faster and more cost effectively. From site surveys, town planning, architectural design and structural engineering, through manufacturing and specialist erection, to procurement and project management services, our Value Engineering approach is designed to help you secure the project you want. And, with the name ’Benfield’ synonymous with high quality building & property development for over 80 years, you’ll know that your project is in safe hands.

By integrating Fast Founds + Fast Frame + Fabric First in a single price offering, today our Full Service, Design & Build organisation incorporates SIP’s, Timber Frame, CLT/XLAM, Fenestration and external Wall and Roof claddings to cut your construction costs and delivery times and give you price certainty.

We offer a range of services and products though our various dedicated websites. Please use the following links for further information:

Easy Timber Frame - The Timber Frame Self-Build Kit Home System

Easy Timber Frame Is a unique fusion of the best forms of timber construction with the simplest methods of conventional assembly. It combines the principles of Post & Beam structures with conventional Timber Frame Panels, enhanced to deliver strong Factory Insulated Panels (FIPs).

Prefabricated in a number of standard modular widths these can be used with other selected components to simplify basic building design.

Fast Frame Systems - Timber Frame

We provide Developers, Local Authorities, Community Groups, Architects and Commercial Builders specialist services and off-site construction solutions to build new Schools, Homes, Developments, Multi-party Dwellings, Flats, Student Accommodation and any other project.

Our system is designed so that within 8-10 weeks from order, we are on site, starting to build. And, give us a couple of weeks after that (providing your project management is sound), you should be ready to start cladding the exterior and start your services.

Simply Self-Build - Timber Frame Kits

You can either Choose from our range of selfbuild designs, supply us with a design of your own, or we can help you design it. We work to your requirements so we can do as much - or as little - as you would like us to.

TradTruss - Traditional Oak Roof Trusses & Porches

Feature trusses come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Save yourself time and cost by choosing one from our range of pre-configured standard King & Queen post trusses put together from the most common requests we have received over the years or use our design service for a bespoke configurarion.

SolidLox - Timber Frame Post & Beam Buildings

SolidLox integrates time tested traditional Timber Framing techniques, with modern, state of the art engineering and components to deliver high quality standard and bespoke oak frames and other solid timber buildings at a reduced cost.

TimberTecs Eco Design - Professional Timber Frame Building Services

With Planning and Building Regulations now making it almost impossible for any individual to cover all aspects of sustainable environmetal construction, Timbertecs provides you with a "One Stop Planning Shop" for all building design and related professional services - especially your timber frame needs.

Our highly qualified team are able to offer you all the services you need to ensure that your building and development processes run smoothly, efficiently and with least trouble from the regulatory authorities.

BALCONIES . .
BALCONIES Bolt On Systems .
BALCONIES Cantilever Systems .
BALCONIES Complete .
BALCONIES Freestanding Construction Built On Systems
BALCONIES Juliette .
BALCONIES Juliette Purpose Made
BALCONIES Modular Systems .
BALCONIES Prefabricated .
BALCONIES RetroFit Systems Retro-Fit
BALCONIES Timber Purpose Made
BALCONIES Timber Kit Systems .
BALCONY Balustrade Systems .
BALCONY Decking .
BALCONY Guardrail Systems .See Also BALCONY: Balustrade Systems
BALCONY Panels .
BALCONY Railings .
BALCONY Rails .
BALCONY Systems .
BALCONY Systems Freestanding Systems
BALCONY Systems Purpose Made
BALUSTRADES Timber .
BALUSTRADES Timber Exterior/Outdoor
BALUSTRADES Timber Hardwood
BALUSTRADES Timber Pressure Treated
BALUSTRADES Timber Softwood
BEAMS 'I' I Timber
BEAMS Oak .
BEAMS Timber .
BEAMS Timber Engineered
BEAMS Timber Open Web
BEAMS Timber Trussed
BICYCLE SHELTERS Timber Framed .
BIN STORES Bin Storage Housings .
BIN STORES Bin Storage Wheeled Bin Shelters .
BINS Storage .
BOARDS Exterior Sheathing .See Also SHEATHING BOARDS:
BOARDS Sheathing .
BOARDS SIPs Panel Construction .
BUILDING BOARDS .See Also BOARDS: .
BUILDING FRAMES . .
BUILDING FRAMES OSM Offsite Manufacturer .
BUILDING FRAMES Timber .
BUILDINGS Timber Frames .
BUILDINGS Timber Frames FSC Accredited
CANOPIES Door .
CANOPIES Door Timber Frame
CANOPIES Freestanding Timber
CANOPIES Timber Framed .
CAR PORTS Timber Purpose Made .
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber .
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Canadian Western Red Cedar
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Cedar Shingles
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Factory Paint Finish
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Factory Stained
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Fire Retardant Treated Timber ASTM D2898 Tested
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber FSC Certified
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Fully Finished
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Green Oak
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Larch
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Offset Profile
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Painted RAL Colours
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Purpose Made Profiles
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Redwood
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Shiplap
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Sweet Chestnut
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Top Coated Spruce
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Finish .
CLADDINGS INTERNAL Timber .
CLADDINGS INTERNAL Timber Finish .
CONSTRUCTION BOARDS .See Also BOARDS: .
CORBELS Timber .
CPD SEMINARS Timber Frame Construction .
DECKING Modified Timber / Thermally Treated Timber .
DECKING Timber .
DECKING Timber European Softwood
DECKING Timber FSC Certified
DECKING Timber FSC/PEFC Sourced Wood
DECKING Timber Grooved
DECKING Timber Ground and Water Contact Boards/Joists
DECKING Timber Hardwood
DECKING Timber Pressure Treated
DECKING Timber Slip Resistant/Anti-Slip/Low Slip
DECKING Timber Structural
FACADES Timber .
FACADES Timber Clad .
FLOOR BEAMS Timber .
FLOOR JOISTS Engineered Timber Engineered Wood (I-Joists)
FLOOR JOISTS Timber .
FLOORING Solid Timber Wood
FLOORING Timber Solid Wood
FRAMING SYSTEMS Engineered Timber .
GARAGES Stand Alone .
GARAGES Stand Alone Timber Purpose Made
GARAGES Stand Alone Timber Self-Assembly
GARDEN Decking Modified Timber / Thermally Treated Timber
GARDEN Decking Solid Timber
GARDEN ROOMS Timber .
GUARD RAILS Balcony .
HANDRAILS Timber .
HARDWOODS See Also TIMBER:
HOME OFFICES
INSULATION BOARDS Timber Frame Applications .
INSULATION EXTERNAL BOARD Structural Insulated Panel Constructions (SIPS) .
INSULATION MATS Timber Frame Batts .
INSULATION MATS Timber Frames .
JETTIES Timber .
JETTY Decking Timber
JOISTS . .
JOISTS Timber Engineered
JOISTS Timber Steel Web Engineered Composite Floors Roofs
JULIETTE BALCONIES See Also BALCONIES: Juliette .
LOG BUILDINGS
LOG HOUSES
LOG HOUSES Kit Form .
MEMBRANES Breather Type Timber Frame Construction
MEMBRANES Timber Frame Construction .
MEMBRANES Wall Timber Frame Construction
MODIFIED TIMBER Heat Treated Timber .
MODIFIED TIMBER Thermally Treated Timber Decking
OAK FRAME BUILDINGS Barn Conversions .
OAK FRAME BUILDINGS Barns .
OAK FRAME BUILDINGS Commercial .
OAK FRAME BUILDINGS Post and Beam .
OAK FRAME BUILDINGS Residential .
OAK FRAME BUILDINGS Self Build .
OAK FRAME BUILDINGS Structural .
OAK FRAME BUILDINGS Timber Frame .
PANELS Structural Insulated
PANELS Timber Finish .
PONTOONS Timber .
PORCHES Decorative .
PORCHES Kit Form .
PORCHES Kit Form Timber
PORCHES Purpose Made .
PORCHES Timber .
POSTS Timber .
RAILINGS Timber .
RAINSCREEN SYSTEMS Timber Wood
RETAINING WALLS Timber .
ROOF TRUSSES . See Also ROOFING TRUSSES:
ROOFING SYSTEMS Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) .
ROOFING TRUSSES Attic .
ROOFING TRUSSES Design .
ROOFING TRUSSES Double Bottom Chord .
ROOFING TRUSSES Erection Service .
ROOFING TRUSSES Feature .
ROOFING TRUSSES Timber .
ROOFING TRUSSES Timber Purpose Made .
ROOFING TRUSSES Traditional Oak .
SHEATHING BOARDS Exterior External
SHEATHING BOARDS Timber Frame .
SHEATHING BOARDS Timber Frame BS EN 594:2011
SHELTERS Outside Storage Secure
SOFTWOODS See Also TIMBER: .
SPANDREL PANELS Timber Frame .
SPANDREL PANELS Timber Frame Dividing Wall .
SPIRAL STAIRCASES Commercial .
SPIRAL STAIRCASES Domestic .
SPIRAL STAIRCASES Purpose Made Bespoke and Custom Designs .
SPIRAL STAIRCASES Rails: Timber .
SPIRAL STAIRCASES Solid Timber .
SPIRAL STAIRCASES Timber .
SPIRAL STAIRCASES Timber Purpose Made Bespoke
STAIR BALUSTERS Period Reproduction .
STAIR BALUSTERS Wood Spindles .
STAIR BALUSTERS Wood Spindles Barley Twist .
STAIR BALUSTRADING Commercial .
STAIR BALUSTRADING Domestic .
STAIR BALUSTRADING Fixing Systems BM TRADA Q Mark .
STAIR BALUSTRADING Hardwood .
STAIR BALUSTRADING Oak .
STAIR BALUSTRADING Purpose Made .
STAIR BALUSTRADING Softwood .
STAIR COMPONENTS . .
STAIR COMPONENTS Period Reproduction .
STAIR FABRICATION .
STAIR HANDRAILS Continuous .
STAIR NEWELS Newel Posts .
STAIR NEWELS Newel Posts Period Reproduction
STAIR RAILS . .
STAIR RAILS Purpose Made .
STAIR SPINDLES See Also STAIR BALUSTERS: .
STAIRCASES Architectural .
STAIRCASES Kit Form .
STAIRCASES Oak .
STAIRCASES Open .
STAIRCASES Purpose Made Bespoke
STAIRCASES Purpose Made Timber
STAIRCASES Softwood .
STAIRCASES Straight Flight .
STAIRCASES Timber/Wood .
STAIRCASES Timber/Wood Bracket Fix
STAIRCASES Timber/Wood Continuous Handrail
STAIRCASES Timber/Wood Standard Design
STAIRCASES Timber/Wood Straight Handrail
STORAGE Systems Purpose Made Bespoke
STORAGE Walls .
STORAGE BUILDINGS
STORAGE BUNKERS Agricultural .
STORAGE BUNKERS Biodiesel Bioliquid .
STORAGE BUNKERS Coal Bunkers .
STORAGE CONTAINERS . .
STORAGE CONTAINERS Log Stores .
STORAGE CONTAINERS Petroleum Bins .
STRUCTURAL Engineering in Timber .
STRUCTURAL Engineering in Timber BS 5268:1985 Part 2
STRUCTURAL Timber .
STRUCTURAL FRAMES . .
STRUCTURAL FRAMES External Wall Insulation Systems (EWI Systems) .
STRUCTURAL FRAMES Modular Units .
STRUCTURAL FRAMES Multi Storey .
STRUCTURAL FRAMES OSM (Offsite Manufacture) .
STRUCTURAL FRAMES Timber .
STRUCTURAL INSULATED PANELS (SIPS) CFC Free .
STRUCTURAL INSULATED PANELS (SIPS) OSM (Offsite Manufacture) .
SUMMERHOUSES
TEMPLATES Staircase Construction .
TIMBER American Oak .
TIMBER Ash .
TIMBER Beech .
TIMBER Cedar .
TIMBER Chestnut .
TIMBER CLS (Canadian Lumber Standard) .
TIMBER Components .
TIMBER Components Hardwood
TIMBER Components Purpose Made Bespoke
TIMBER CSA Certified .
TIMBER Douglas Fir .
TIMBER Elm .
TIMBER Engineering OSM Offsite .
TIMBER Engineers .
TIMBER Fire Retardant Treated Timber .
TIMBER Floor Installation
TIMBER Floor Framing Systems .
TIMBER FSC Certified .
TIMBER FSC Certified Hardwoods
TIMBER FSC Certified Softwoods
TIMBER Hardwoods .
TIMBER Hardwoods European
TIMBER Hardwoods Kiln Dried
TIMBER Hardwoods Machined
TIMBER Hardwoods North American
TIMBER Hardwoods Square Edged Lumber
TIMBER Lodges .
TIMBER Oak .
TIMBER PEFC Certified .
TIMBER Pine .
TIMBER Profiles .
TIMBER Profiles Hardwood
TIMBER Softwoods .
TIMBER Spruce/Pine/Fir .
TIMBER Structural Applications .
TIMBER Thermally Modified .
TIMBER Walnut .
TIMBER FRAME HOUSING Boards BS 5268 .
TIMBER FRAME HOUSING Complete System .
TIMBER FRAME HOUSING CSA Certified .
TIMBER FRAME HOUSING Design Services .
TIMBER FRAME HOUSING FSC Certified .
TIMBER FRAME HOUSING Insulation .
TIMBER FRAME HOUSING Kit .
TIMBER FRAME HOUSING OSM (Offsite Manufacture) .
TIMBER FRAME HOUSING Panels .
TIMBER FRAME HOUSING Post and Beam Modular Laminated Timber .
TIMBER FRAME HOUSING Self-Build Kits .
TIMBER FRAME HOUSING Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) .
TRUSSED RAFTERS BS 5268 Part 3 .
TRUSSED RAFTERS Design Service .
TRUSSED RAFTERS Feature .
TRUSSED RAFTERS Timber .
TRUSSED RAFTERS Timber Purpose Made .
TRUSSED RAFTERS Timber/Metal Web .
TRUSSES Timber .
WALKWAYS Timber .
WALL PANELS EXTERNAL Structural Insulated (SIPS) .
WAREHOUSES
WEATHERBOARDS Timber .
WEATHERBOARDS Timber FSC Certified
WEATHERBOARDS Timber Fully Finished
WEATHERBOARDS Timber Hardwood
WEATHERBOARDS Timber PEFC Certified
WEATHERBOARDS Wood .
BELVEDERE Balconies
EASY TIMBER FRAME Timber Frame Self Build Kits
FAST FRAME SYSTEMS Timber Frame Housing
SIMPLY BUILD EXTENSIONS Timber Frame Self Build Kits
SIMPLY SELF BUILD Timber Frame Self Build Kits
SOLIDLOX Post & Beam Building Systems
TIMBERTECS Timber Frame Building Services
TRADTRUSS Roof Trusses

Farmer appointed MMC Champion

January 2020

Task: Increase use of MMC in Housing

Housing minister Esther McVey has appointed a modern methods of construction (MMC) champion. Consultant Cast's chief executive Mark Farmer will take up the role aimed at providing the government with independent scrutiny and advice on how to increase the use of MMC in homebuilding.

Wider Innovation
Farmer will also be tasked with developing a "construction corridor" in the North as well as promoting wider innovation in the sector. In addition, he will act as an overseas ambassador for the UK’s MMC housebuilding activities in, using international networks and trade opportunities to attract investment.


Fewer Defect; Lower Bills
“[MMC] can deliver high-quality housing at pace and it has been shown that some homes built using modern methods have 80% fewer defects and can reduce heating bills by to 70%,” said a Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.


Urgent Need
Farmer said: “This is a really important time for the construction industry and there is an urgent need to rethink how we build homes, delivering better quality, improved safety, carbon reduction and an array of exciting new career opportunities.


Accelerate ‘Gold Standard’ Uptake
“I look forward to working with both industry and Government to make sure we now accelerate the uptake of modern methods of construction.”
McVey added: “I want to see modern MMC – the new gold standard of building – being used up and down the country to usher in a green housing revolution.


DfMA Helping Us

We’ve been producing Timber Frame – as illustrated in this press release – for years. What is new, but not addressed by Farmer, is the shift to DfMA - Design for Manufacture & Assembly; a welcome change in the overall approach to project management and development which engages the whole team responsible for delivery on time and within budget. It requires a systematic, solution driven approach which brings discipline to the process, sharing information and communications.


Partnering for Progress

All of this entails a shift in thinking to that already practiced by established ‘Off-Site’ MMC manufacturers. It can be quickly and easily incorporated into procedures and processes of building and development. Better still, you can make partnering arrangements with such manufacturers to gain all round benefits.


Greater Speed, Accuracy, Quality and Lower Costs

Greater collaborative ‘partnering’ between architects, builders and manufacturers will deliver these. The greater speed, accuracy and quality that can result from manufacturing components in a dry, controlled factory environment, together with the ability tom incorporate (yet to be invented) ‘Smart Ware’ gives home builders perhaps the only way of achieving this, together with improved on-site build quality AND controlling costs.


Resistance Disappearing

While resistance to the change to DfMA has been the norm, the wish of most UK Builders to deliver excellent customer service and top notch homes is now driving an increasing number to choose Off-Site for their developments. Also, as ‘OffSite Hub” note, architects and designers are moving toward DfMA, something we have been encouraging for over 20 years. The emergence of LA Developers will only speed up this process.


Easy Timber Frame

To assist them in doing so our “Easy Timber Frame “ now offers standard size modular timber frame elements for them to use as a design base, cutting down on technical design and engineering to produce win-win results. This virtually provides any housebuilder or architect with their own bespoke design factory facility.


Better all-round Savings
Our specialist services and CUSTOM homes division deliver best value and protect the interests of land owners, house-builder developers, professionals and private individuals seeking to build their dream home. Our off-site construction systems also reduce the amount of material that gets wasted on site, helping to avoid land fill, hazardous waste separation and handling, They also deliver better value for you and your customers.

Community Housing yields Increased Benefits

January 2020

Health & Happiness
New research released by Wales Co-operative Centre, with support from the Nationwide Foundation, has found that residents’ experience improved mental wellbeing and happiness as well as skills development from living in co-operative and community-led housing (CCLH) schemes.
22 Schemes
Over 50 residents from 22 community led-housing schemes across Wales and England were interviewed, as well as a further 14 staff from nine of the CCLH providers. As outlined in reports, the main benefits that residents highlighted were:
Residents felt less isolated, being surrounded by a supportive network
Improved mental wellbeing and happiness
A better quality of life with the potential for skills development and increased levels of confidence, as well as a better financial situation
Wider benefits to the community including a reduction in antisocial behaviour and greater community collaboration
Pride & Empowerment
One CCLH resident summarised the benefits they have seen, stating that there is a “sense of pride and empowered individuals” in living within a community. Another resident said: “I have found a very supportive community of fellow housemates, receiving support during a period of illness and subsequently helping new members to find their feet in the household.”
Communities Creating Homes
Wales Co-operative Centre is said to have been supporting the growth of community-led housing since 2012 and is delivering the Communities Creating Homes programme to further stimulate demand for CCLH throughout Wales. With three years funding from the Nationwide Foundation and two years from the Welsh government, the Wales Co-operative Centre has designed a programme that will work with communities and organisations to deliver more affordable housing for people in need.
Improved Employment Opportunities
On the research, Derek Walker, CEO of the Wales Co-operative Centre, said: “We were really pleased with the research findings and the range of softer benefits that residents have seen. With one participant quoting improved employment opportunities as the biggest change they’ve seen. As well as the expected financial benefits, there is a much wider impact on mental wellbeing and skills development which is great to see.”
Going from Strength to Strength
Gary Hartin, the Nationwide Foundation’s Programme Manager, said: “We’re incredibly pleased to have funded this much-needed piece of work. We’ve been enabling co-operative and community-led housing since 2013 and this type of housing is going from strength to strength in Wales. It’s very useful to now have evidence of the wider benefits of living in a scheme, including health and wellbeing.
Convince Decision Makers of Value
“We certainly hope that this will persuade other communities to consider taking forward a scheme in their area, whether in Wales or the rest of the United Kingdom, as well as convincing decision makers of the wider benefits and value of co-operative and community-led housing.”
Part of the Solution
On reports, Welsh Minister for Housing and Local Government Julie James AM said the government remains “very committed” to community-led housing in Wales.
“I have been overwhelmed in hearing the benefits residents gain from living in community-led housing.
“The difference tenants feel in terms of improved skills, increased confidence and improved mental well-being to name but a few – demonstrates why community-led housing can, and should be part of the solution to the housing crisis we face here in Wales,” she said.
Key Priority
“Building more affordable housing and providing people with safe, warm, and secure homes is a key priority for this Welsh government.
“I’m looking forward to watching community-led housing grow and flourish – and contribute towards our commitment to build 20,000 affordable homes during this Assembly term.”
DfMA in Focus

Whatever system is used to build Community Homes, almost certainly they will increasingly be produced under MMC and maybe Off-Site technologies. Taking these to the next level will be the shift to DfMA - Design for Manufacture & Assembly; a welcome change in the overall approach to project management and development. This engages the whole team responsible for delivery on time and within budget. It requires a systematic, solution driven approach which brings discipline to the process, sharing information and communications.
Partnering for Progress

All of this entails a shift in thinking to that already practiced by established ‘Off-Site’ MMC manufacturers. It can be quickly and easily incorporated into procedures and processes of building and development. Better still, you can make partnering arrangements with such manufacturers to gain all round benefits.
Greater Speed, Accuracy, Quality and Lower Costs

Greater collaborative ‘partnering’ between architects, builders and manufacturers will deliver these. The greater speed, accuracy and quality that can result from manufacturing components in a dry, controlled factory environment, together with the ability tom incorporate (yet to be invented) ‘Smart Ware’ gives home builders perhaps the only way of achieving this, together with improved on-site build quality AND controlling costs.
Resistance Disappearing

While resistance to the change to DfMA has been the norm, the wish of most UK Builders to deliver excellent customer service and top notch homes is now driving an increasing number to choose Off-Site for their developments. Also, as ‘OffSite Hub” note, architects and designers are moving toward DfMA, something we have been encouraging for over 20 years. The emergence of LA Developers will only speed up this process.
Easy Timber Frame

To assist them in doing so our “Easy Timber Frame “ now offers standard size modular timber frame elements for them to use as a design base, cutting down on technical design and engineering to produce win-win results. This virtually provides any housebuilder or architect with their own bespoke design factory facility.
Better all-round Savings
Our specialist services and CUSTOM homes division deliver best value and protect the interests of land owners, house-builder developers, professionals and private individuals seeking to build their dream home. Our off-site construction systems also reduce the amount of material that gets wasted on site, helping to avoid land fill, hazardous waste separation and handling, They also deliver better value for you and your customers.

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