German timber frame house manufacturer WeberHaus is aiming to make inroads into the British housing market after opening a UK office in Brighton.

The company, which has built more than 28,000 homes throughout Europe, has established partnerships with St Albans-based building contractor William Verry Ltd and new company Precision Engineered Homes, of Scotland, to market the WeberHaus concept.

WeberHaus UK representative Hans Kol said: “The UK is an interesting market for a German company. There is big potential for housing over here.”

The company is looking for plots in northern and southern England to build exhibition homes and it has already flown UK press and potential customers to its factory near Karlsruhe. It says it has received interest from housing associations, individuals and small developers.

WeberHaus UK will market its houses jointly with William Verry and Precision Engineered Homes, the former concentrating on affordable homes and the latter focusing on small regional developments and individual bespoke homes.

WeberHaus UK and William Verry entered a home in the government’s Design for Manufacture competition, which challenged the construction industry to create a house with a £60,000 build cost.