The report identifies key growth sectors, noting that the recent Government focus on Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) will inject additional impetus for sales of volumetric buildings, closed panel and SIPS technology in particular.

It discusses the positive impact of the Climate Change Committee’s assertion that 270,000 timber frame homes built each year could triple the amount of carbon captured in UK homes and that the 1.5 million new homes planned by 2022 “where possible” should be timber framed.

MTW estimate that the top 25 timber frame suppliers account for less than 30% of the timber frame housing market underlining the high level of fragmentation of the market in 2020.

“Consolidation of the timber frame market through mergers and acquisitions is increasingly likely in the next few years as competition increases. Market positioning is also set to grow in significance, with the timber frame market increasingly segmenting and polarising – for example into higher value volumetric and lower value open panel products.” Said Mark Waddy, director, MTW.

The report segments the timber frame building market by sector and type, finding that offices, leisure & retail account for the largest share in 2020, with infrastructure and education also significant in share terms. Detached houses account for almost a third of buildings though semi-detached houses continue to gain share of the timber frame market.

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