Why Timber Frame is the Solution to the UK’s Bricklayer Shortage

Why Timber Frame is the Solution to the UK's Bricklayer Shortage

The UK is currently grappling with a significant bricklayer shortage that is poised to exacerbate the housing crisis. Recent data from Build UK highlights a doubling of builder vacancies since pre-Covid levels, signalling a pressing need for 266,000 additional builders by 2026 to meet housing demands. But there’s a sustainable and efficient alternative that circumvents this issue—timber frame construction.

The Timber Frame Advantage

Timber frame construction offers several distinct advantages, particularly in the current climate of labour shortages in traditional construction roles. Notably, the average age of a bricklayer in the UK is around 50, indicating a dwindling workforce that could benefit from a shift towards more modern methods of construction.

Speed and Efficiency: Timber frames are largely pre-fabricated, meaning much of the work is done off-site in controlled environments. This process not only speeds up the construction timeline—allowing projects to become watertight in less than a week—but also reduces the need for skilled bricklayers on-site, addressing the labour shortage directly.

Sustainability and Compliance: Timber is a renewable resource that significantly reduces the carbon footprint of building materials compared to traditional brick and concrete. David Crawford of Deeside Timberframe asserts, “Utilising timber frame construction not only helps fill the gap caused by the shortage of traditional skills but also pushes us closer to meeting the UK’s net-zero targets. It’s a win-win scenario for the industry and the environment.”

Cost-Effectiveness: The efficiency of timber frame construction translates into cost savings, from reduced labour hours to decreased time on site, which can significantly lower the overall project costs.

As we face the dual challenges of labour shortages and environmental concerns, timber frame construction presents itself as an innovative solution. It offers a way to rapidly increase housing supply while adhering to sustainability standards and reducing reliance on dwindling trades like bricklaying. For developers and builders looking to future-proof their projects against the challenges of today and tomorrow, timber frame is the way forward.

For more information on how timber frame can be integrated into your next project, or to discuss the benefits in more detail, please email info@deesidetimberframe.com or call 01569 767 123. Let’s build a sustainable future together.