Off-site timber frame systems are evolving with an increasing market share in the construction industry with speed of build becoming a major factor along with fire risk and weather damaged products during the construction phase. One supplier addresses all three factors, including an affordable housing development in Essex, utilising Magply boards as an internal lining board to internal and external walls. The project at Buckingham Green, Basildon, has seen T.T.F.C Ltd. erect a total of six new homes. The two two-storey and four three-storey houses have been supplied in panel form by Wexford - based T.T.F.C Ltd.
"We are steadily increasing our work across the UK and Ireland building care homes, schools and apartment blocks, as well as low rise housing” says James Mason, Director of T.T.F.C Ltd. “For this reason we are seeking to use the ultimate board product, with Basildon being one of the first projects where we have used Magply."
"Most importantly the 12mm Magply is strong enough to withstand being transported to site and the erection process without damage, while it is also very resistant to being exposed to bad weather before the building is completed. Basically for the exterior walls we will use the Magply as an interior lining and for both sides of the internal partitions or dividing walls, instead of plasterboard."
T.T.F.C Ltd. now routinely installs 99 per cent of the Magply boards within its Wexford factory, before they are shipped to site and assembled by fully trained erection teams. They then use additional sheets of the strong and durable material to protect and complete interfaces, including within stairwells to flats and houses. This provides immediate continuity and fire resistance, while keeping the timber and insulation dry.