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Home Extensions move into fast, sustainable Modern Methods of Construction

NATIONAL TIMBER FRAME firm Benfield ATT today announced its partnership with London-based Express Extensions (EX2) to create single-storey custom-designed home extensions for occupiers of homes where traditional brick construction would not be feasible.  

  /24-7PressRelease/ - Caldicot, UK, June 19, 2005 - The movement towards using engineered timber frame panel construction for home extensions in the South East of England has been supported by some of the UK's most prestigious organisations, including the UK's largest timber promotional campaign, wood. for good.

"Timber frame construction not only helps to promote sustainable development but also promotes good supply chain management and innovative construction techniques such as EX2's system. It is not surprising that timber frame is strengthening its position in the market and is also helping the UK government to deliver on its promises under the Kyoyo Protocol to reduce CO² emissions by 20% by the year 2010. Using timber frame for small scale home extensions such as these is good for the environment - not least because a timber frame building contains almost twice as much timber as other housebuilding methods." commented Charles Trevor, Managing Director, wood. for good.

Express Extensions - which is now in its second successful year - works with the homeowner to add extra space to homes in densely populated areas of South London, North Kent and North Surrey. The home extension kits are delivered and erected in millimetre-precise timber frame panel and roof truss form and are then clad with tiles, bricks or render externally, and with plasterboard internally to match the existing property. The speed of build through the use of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) techniques allows more extensions to be built more quickly, and satisfies the growing demand for extensions in current market conditions to add extra space (and value) to urban and difficult-to-access properties.

Benfield ATT, who engineer and manufacture the structural system, are delighted with the uptake of EX2's services. Managing Director Professor Michael Benfield commented "We have been using off-site manufacturing and MMC technologies for our Home Extension clients nationally for years. Knowing this, EX2 has developed a fast, exciting and very cost-effective approach to extending terraced properties or properties where access is difficult."

EX2, which has just completed its third project in the borough of Southwark alone, is also pleased with the media coverage and with the level of interest it has received as a result. "EX2 are experienced consultants and design/builders and have a very good understanding of the planning system in the area. We know what can be achieved and the best ways of adding value to a property, and we pass this knowledge on to our clients," commented Managing Director Christopher Smith. "We manage the project from design to build completion for a fixed price - simple or complex - so the customers know exactly what they're getting, with no nasty surprises at the end of the build".

The two companies will continue working together to develop the low-cost single-storey extension market in South London, North Kent and North Surrey.

Benfield ATT is an Award-Winning Timber Frame Design and Build company based in the UK. For more information, please contact us at +44 (0) 1291 437050 or visit our website.
 

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