Increasing capacity for the housebuilding industry

A new factory taking shape for Holden Timber Engineering at Paper Mill Lane, Claydon

A new factory taking shape for Holden Timber Engineering at Paper Mill Lane, Claydon - Credit: Superstructures

A new £1.5m factory which will allow Ipswich-based Holden Timber Engineering to expand its production is progressing well at Claydon near Ipswich.

The project has the benefit of the latest 3D design software used for the structural engineering design element of the project.

Ipswich-based Superstructures have been responsible for the structural design, working with architect Nigel Bultitude from Felixstowe.

Work started earlier this year on the construction of the new 1400 sq metres factory, together with office and areas for additional facilities.

The building has a steel frame with clear span steel portals to create column free industrial space which can accommodate the hoists and lifting equipment needed to manufacture roof trusses, metal web joists and attic trusses.

HTE is an independent business, originally founded in 1998 and based in Duke Street, close to Ipswich’s historic dockland. The business has expanded into new premises several times and the new factory is conveniently placed for access to the A14, A12 and A140 routes.

Kevin Anderson, managing director of Holden Timber Engineering said: “We have been able to source the engineering skills and services we need to build the new factory from the Ipswich area along with the heavy building materials, steel for the frame and most of the other materials. This is an exciting new project built by local firms and the Superstructures team have had an important role in helping ensure it goes to plan.”

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KTE which has outgrown its current home.

It would allow for expansion, and growth of production, to meet any increasing demand from the housebuilding industry.