First phase of expansion underway at Oregon Timber Frame site in Selkirk

The first phase of expansion at Selkirk-based Oregon Timber Frame is underway, as part of a wider £24 million investment by Barratt Developments following the acquisition of the factory.

Work has started on a new office building after the housebuilder announced plans in 2022 to expand its workforce and invest in factory development.

The 900m2 The office building will accommodate up to 60 permanent employees – approximately double the capacity of the current temporary building. Plans have also been revealed for a new training room, which can accommodate up to 20 people, as well as more meeting rooms and improved kitchen and wellbeing facilities across two floors.

Oregon’s two-phase expansion will create more than 70 new jobs in the Borders community. Phase one will include the development of the new office for the growing workforce, to be completed in 2025, while phase two will include the expansion of the factory’s existing production capacity.

The plans are part of Barratt’s aim to increase the use of modern off-site construction methods while reducing its carbon footprint. Timber frame construction is also a key part of Barratt’s strategy to tackle the skills challenge facing the sector.

Douglas McLeod, regional MD for Barratt Developments Scotland, said: “Starting construction on phase one of this expansion is a fantastic milestone for us. Since acquiring Oregon five years ago, we have worked hard to realize our plans, so starting work on the new office is one step closer to achieving our goals.

“The new block will double in capacity, which fits perfectly with our ambitions to create new employment in Selkirk. We have invested in a great company with a high quality product and look forward to rolling out both phases of the project.”

Barratt revealed that building more off-site homes will help the company meet the 2025 Future Homes Standard, reduce carbon emissions, reduce waste and minimize disruption to local communities.

The company aims for at least 30% of homes to be built in a modern manner by 2030.

After completion of phase one, phase two will begin, with the expansion of the northern and southern factories. The northern factory will welcome 24 new employees with two semi-automatic open line panels and three additional floor benches. Meanwhile, the southern factory will accommodate 26 new employees with three additional floor benches and five parapet benches.

Since acquiring the company in June 2019, Barratt has increased volume from 1,900 kits to more than 3,600 kits per year. New roles planned for the site include design as well as engineering and construction management roles.