Replacing an existing facility, 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, up to 38m3 of timber can be treated per day, more than tripling output.

Thanks to new technology, drying time, which previously could take between 24 and 48 hours, has been reduced so treated timber can be collected on the same day. Treatment strengths can also be varied for above and below ground timbers.

“Timber is a core part of our offer, so this investment will ensure we provide the best possible service to our customers,” said Tony Carroll, Beesley & Fildes’ branch manager, Chester.

“As a dual colour plant, we can better service customers across Cheshire, Merseyside and Manchester as each region tends to have different design requirements. With no drying time needed, we can also deliver treated products much faster.

“Chester was the natural choice for the new plant as it will also benefit other timber merchants across Cheshire and North Wales. Most have to travel out of the region as far as Manchester to treat timbers. Now, they have an option closer to home helping them to save time, money and also carbon emissions.”

As well as the treatment area, the new plant comprises a secure storage facility and is fully bunded throughout to maximise health and safety.

The facility adds to a vast range of timber services offered by Beesley & Fildes across the north-west. The merchant manufactures engineered timber products from its Widnes branch, including roof trusses, I-joists and Posi-joists. The merchant also operates a timber mill which can fulfil bespoke orders and produces the skirting, architraves, flooring, planed timber, door casings and certified fire door casing kits sold across its 10 branches and online.