A timber-frame engineering company has thrown its weight into the housing market with the launch of its own housebuilding business.
SJ Roberts Homes (SJRH) operates in the Shropshire and Mid-Wales areas, and is working on the initial stages of its first flagship scheme of 173 homes in Shrewsbury.
The housebuilder has been created by parent company SJR Group, headquartered near Welshpool; a company with a 30-year track-record in contract construction and timber frame engineering, it has grown into a £20 million turnover business.
Sweetlake Meadow, as the scheme is known, situated off Longden Road, will consist of family sized homes, built – it is said – to high energy efficiency standards. The building process will make use of timber construction methods, using products engineered by SJRH’s sister company Lowfield Timber Frames.
Shropshire and Mid Wales supply chains will be a key part of SJ Roberts Homes’ approach to projects, the company said, making use of both its standing workforce and local contractors and support services, including civil engineers, architects, PR and marketing.
It has said it will also bolster an already active apprenticeship programme promoted by SJR Group across its companies, which has seen a string of young people develop long term skilled careers in the industry – and for which it is currently recruiting.
Michael Sambrook of SJRH, and managing director of SJ Roberts Construction, said: “This is a very exciting venture for us. We have a long history of building homes as a main contractor, including some very large projects, so it is a logical step to design and deliver our own developments from start to finish. In the process we will be enhancing job security for our existing loyal workforce, creating jobs, generating work for local suppliers and creating the kind of homes we know people will love to live in.”