Why choose a timber frame?

There are multiple reasons that explain the steady rise of timber framing as the foremost construction method in the UK.

Climate Emergency

When it comes to sustainable building products, nothing comes close to timber. Certainly not concrete or steel. And not only does timber have a reduced environmental impact as a material to build with, but timber frames can achieve improved insulation standards using better value insulation and within a thinner overall wall depth.

Speed of Construction

The advantages of building in timber frame to reduce site construction time are well proven. Buildings can be made watertight in a fraction of the time it takes masonry to reach roof level.

Skill Shortages

Possibly the biggest factor pushing the use of Timber Frame is the shortage of skilled trades in the industry. The cost of building in masonry is escalating and the availability of suitably skilled bricklayers is becoming a real problem throughout the UK. Timber Framing operatives are more easily trained, in a shorter timescale, and the process as a whole is less labour intensive.


Whilst timber framing is considered a Modern Method of Construction, 70% of the world’s construction utilises structural timber. This means that many of the innovative solutions that we have to offer have actually been used for some time elsewhere in the world. This gives the unique situation of being able to offer innovative solutions with a proven track record. Products like Glulam, Cross Laminated Timber, Metal Webs and Metal Plated Connectors.


All of the above combine to provide the most cost-effective and risk-free option for a wide range of different building projects.

Timber frame brings together many of the key elements of a building, the floors, walls and roof and integrates the design process. The fact that all of these elements are designed by us, reduces the risk by omission of detailing issues for Part L and Part E compliance that can be experienced when these elements are dealt with separately.

SticX Open Panel Timber Frames – Prefabricated or Sticx-Built

Traditional panels for insulating on site. This is purely the structure of the building, ready for insulating and first fix. All of our open frame panels are made from treated softwood timber with an external sheathing board selected to suit the application.


Sticx Closed Panel Timber Frames – Prefabricated

Closed panels are simply prefabricated panels that have been insulated in the factory. The exact construction detail is determined by the level of insulation that the client requires.

The advantage over open panel systems is that it removes the process of having to install the insulation on site, which reduces site time and provides a superior standard of insulation. We take care to provide closed systems that help maintain air tightness whilst providing suitable space for cables and pipes to be run without damaging the vapour barrier.

Closed panel solutions also lead to a reduction in waste and, given enough space to site a crane, reduces the amount of manual handling with large sections of the building being lifted into place.

We are able to provide closed panels that achieve high levels of insulation with or without the use of PIRs.


A single closed pane, forming the entire ground floor gable wall of this property, being lifted into position.

Sticx total Panel Timber Frames – Prefabricated

For clients looking for a total off-site wall panel solution, SticX is able to offer SticX Total Panels.

For projects with a high degree of repetition and standardisation, it makes sense to develop detailed wall designs, sufficient that entire walls of the building can be constructed off-site.

SticX takes its Closed Panel solution and adds to the prefabrication by delivering to site walls incorporating:

  • Windows and external doors.

  • First Fix electrics and plumbing.

  • Fixing points for kitchens and bathrooms.

  • Boarded internally for skim or paint finish.

A building utilising SticX Total Panels is ready for second fix and finishes, taking months off the build programme and managing quality and site risk more effectively.

The other advantage with this method is that it eliminates the need for dealing with risk associated with fire-during-construction– the product is enclosed with non-combustible boards.


Sticx Floor Cassette Systems

SticX utilises different joisting products on a project-by-project basis, including standard timber joists, pressed-web joists, metal-web joists, glulam beams, cross-laminated timber.

For most of our projects we look to pre-fabricate whole sections of floor, or cassettes. This can be done in the factory or, if there is sufficient space, on-site. The sections can be lifted into place by crane providing a safer and quicker method of erection.



SpaceStud is a high performing wall stud.

We use the SpaceStud system for projects where the client wants to avoid on-site brickwork entirely, we have a range of ready-made solutions which provide an external wall finish.

SpaceStuds can carry structural loads or can be non-load-bearing acting as partition walls.


  • Superior Thermal Performance
  • UKFTA Fabric First
  • Cost Effective
  • CE Marked
  • 20% greater racking performance compared to a standard timber stud construction

Nail Plated Wall Frames

The nail-plated wall frame solution is a true open panel system with no sheathing board required to achieve racking resistance. The wall panel uniquely uses pressed connector plates and diagonal timber braces to provide timber frame panels of unparalleled quality, strength and rigidity ensuring reduced costs, enhanced performance, minimised construction times and improved site logistics.


  • Reduced direct & indirect costs with the unique system design
  • Outstanding thermal performance achieved with a simple and efficiently installed system
  • Space saving with a reduced overall wall section compared to other construction methods
  • A unique range of options to reduce fire mitigation during construction
  • Increased quality ensured with a timber frame industry-first CE marked panel system
  • Minimised call backs for repair with less susceptibility to on-site damage by weather or other trades
  • A sustainable product with less materials and no adhesive used in manufacture; less insulation required and no use of plastics for element protection
  • Robust detail for E-WT-3 with a system specific design
  • Comfortably achieves challenging air tightness targets
  • Very low risk of interstitial condensation with no requirement for an outer membrane and reduced gauge VCL
  • Services can be fitted within the stud reducing wall section and minimising time for follow on trades
  • Established system accepted by all warranty and insurance providers