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16 March, 2006 - 08:59 By Staff Reporter

Potton to open a second facility in Gamlingay

As part of a continued growth strategy, leading timber frame specialist Potton Limited has announced the opening of a second factory in Gamlingay, Bedfordshire, which is set to increase the company’s production capacity in excess of 40 per cent.As part of a continued growth strategy, leading timber frame specialist Potton Limited has announced the opening of a second factory in Gamlingay, Bedfordshire, which is set to increase the company’s production capacity in excess of 40 per cent.

Its production director, Doug Bircham said: “The additional capacity at Gamlingay continues our development programme that began in 2003 with the new sawmill at our Great Gransden factory.

“It will service the increasing demand for our timber frame products from developers, housing associations and self builders alike.

“The eight-acre Gamlingay site has been part of the Potton group for some time. Phase 1 at Gamlingay provides us with 9,000 sq ft of factory space, which will help us grow our current panel capacity by 40 per cent.

“The new site provides us with significant scope for further expansion as we have planning permission already granted for 35,000 sq ft of additional factory buildings for future increases in capacity.”

During the last six months there have been major changes at Potton.

In October 2005, the company joined the ranks of Siemens, Lloyds TSB and the Royal Banks of Scotland with an Investors in Excellence Award from the British Quality Foundation.

By December 2005, the company moved its headquarters to Great Gransden in Bedfordshire.

Potton was set up over 40 years ago. The company are known as leading suppliers of timber frame packages to the self build market.

Its work with developers involves long term strategic partnerships with key players in speculative and social housing, whilst its projects list includes major developments for the Ministry of Defence, Trusthouse Forte and Center Parcs as well as housing and commercial developments for private investors in Japan, Israel and Spain.

Today, Potton’s timber frame solutions are up to date and ahead of all new and increasingly challenging building regulations.

They help to speed up the construction process and reduce the industry’s dependence on traditional trades that are in such short supply.

In addition, because Potton purchases its timber from sustainable and renewable sources that hold ‘chain of custody’ it also meets the Government’s requirements for sustainable sources and a determined drive for Eco homes.

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