Based in Widnes, Cheshire, Silva Timber went into administration in October 2023. The deal sees Beesley & Fildes acquire a range of products from the business, including external cladding, coated wood, hardwood decking, slatted screen fencing and cedar shingles. The timber range will be available across the merchant’s 11 branches and online. 

Former Silva Timber employees Andrea Rolt and Jenny Merritt have also joined Beesley & Fildes as specialist timber sales representatives. The duo had worked at Silva Timber for nine and seven years respectively.

“As a local business with complementary products, Silva Timber presented an opportunity for us to significantly enhance our portfolio,” said James Beesley, commercial director at Beesley & Fildes.

“For the first time, we can now offer a specialised timber range comprising the highest quality hard and soft woods. 

?The acquisition follows Beesley & Fildes recent £300,000 investment in a new timber treatment plant at its Chester branch. The fully automated plant can operate all year round and for the first time, enables the merchant to treat timbers in green and brown from its Chester site.

With no need for manual equipment, output has tripled, and drying time has been reduced enabling treated timber to be collected on the same day.