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Shire Timber Group is the leading timber engineering company in the North of England. Shire Timber Group can offer the most cost efficient solution to projects ranging from the most advanced eco-home to the most complex large developments. Shire Timber Group can offer solutions in Timber Frame and SIPS panels and can supply Roof Trusses, I-Joists and Metal-web joists. All designed in-house by our experienced engineering team, made in our large manufacturing facility and delivered and erected nationwide.

Shire Timber Group are also self-build specialists and use their extensive experience on large projects to deliver bespoke solutions with the best eco-build credentials and achieving the highest thermal insulation value. Shire can help guide you through the whole project and are happy to discuss your ideas with you.

Timber frame

Timber Frame House Construction has been used throughout the Northern Hemisphere for over a century. It has been widely used in Scotland during the last 50 years and has proven to be both reliable and excellent value for money. Shire Timber Group manufacture the components that make up a timber frame building to a high quality and tolerance in a controlled factory environment. All timbers are kiln dried and can be treated to protect them from insect attack and decay.

Structural timbers are regularised (planed) for accuracy and ease of handling. Most timber frame houses can be erected to a watertight shell within 48 hours of delivery. The speed of erection is achieved due to the components being assembled in our factory and requiring only final assembly on site. Site cutting and fitting is minimal.The building is rapidly made watertight. This eliminates the chance of “drying out” movement and shrinkage that is so often seen in traditional buildings. By achieving a watertight and secure shell at an early stage in the construction programme the overall construction period is substantially reduced. All internal trades can progress while the external cladding and site work is completed.

Effective site management can reduce a contract programme by up to 50% compared to traditional building methods. It is not uncommon for customers to have houses occupied 5 weeks after the structural frame delivery. Timber frame buildings have a high thermal efficiency (U-value) which far exceeds that achieved by the use of traditional building materials. This can result in savings of up to 70% on energy costs. As Building Regulations are continually revised to improve the thermal efficiency of buildings, Timber Frame construction is uniquely suited to achieve and improve on the requirements of these regulations. Current Building Regulations require an external wall 'U' value of 0.35W/m2K, current indications say this will reduce even further in the not too distant future.

This requirement will be difficult and expensive to achieve using traditional brick and block materials and will also increase the foot print size of the house. The 'U' values achieved by timber frame construction already exceed the requirements of the new Building Regulations at no extra cost and no increase in foot print size. Higher sound insulation is also achieved using timber construction which is of particular benefit in semi-detached and terraced housing. The improved sound insulation is achieved primarily by incorporating a complete structural break between the dwellings thereby removing the possibility of sound transmission through the structure.

Timber frame construction is also environmentally friendly. Raw materials are drawn from renewable resources and not virgin forest. Timber is a natural, non-toxic, organic, recyclable, renewable and biodegradable material. Energy consumption in buildings account for 50% of the UK's carbon dioxide emissions. Very little energy is consumed in the manufacture of a timber frame building.

Shire Timber Group have been designing, manufacturing and erecting Timber Frame buildings for over 15 years and have arguably the most experienced design team in the UK. Shire Timber Group are able to offer a Timber Frame solution where many of their competitors were simply not able. Shire can take control of the whole design process and can offer a site erection service performed to a very high standard, meaning a simple hassle, free process for the customer.

Shire Timber Group are happy to discuss the suitability of timber frame for any project and are the flexibility of our large Leeds manufacturing facility means we are just as comfortable helping you with your dream home as we are with supplying large and complex solutions for main building contractors.

Get in touch :



Shire Timber Group
Knowshorpe Gate
Cross Green Industrial Park
West Yorkshire

Telephone: 0113 249 2120
Fax: 0113 248 0203



Shire Timber Group
Ample House
76a south park

Telephone: 01522 548841

Latest News

Shire achieve Constuctionline approval

Shire Timber Structures have recently achieved Consrtuctionline approved status through our full membership. Constructionlines members are all fully vetted and ensure they meet set standards for; health & safety, insurances as well as evidence of previous work carried out ensuring capability in given fields of work. Group Managing Director Mark Crowther had this to say about our new accreditation, At Shire Timber we have been delivering projects to Main Contractors to our own very high standards for many years. Becoming Constructionline approved is another step towards maintaining our position as leaders in our field. We are looking forward to working with Constructionline in delivering more projects, professionally, safely, on time and within budget.

Treatment Facility Permit Application

Please see our downloads section for a copy of the notification of application for a permit for our timber treatment facility at Knowsthorpe Gate, Cross Green Industrial Park, Leeds LS9 0NP

Shire achieve ISO9001

Shire Group have achieved ISO9001 certification on all engineered timber products. This recognised QA scheme will help maintain the high levels of quality that Shire have always been known for,