New Factory takes shape for Holden Timber

Construction of a new factory for Holden Timber Engineering (HTE) at Paper Mill Lane in Claydon is progressing well with the aid of the latest 3D design software used for the structural engineering design element of the project.

Superstructures have been responsible for the structural design, working with architect Nigel Bultitude from Felixstowe. The Tekla Structures 3D construction modelling software used by Superstructures creates an accurate visual reference for buildings made from most types of construction material and helps the engineers create the most efficient design.

Work started in Spring this year on the construction of the new 1400 square metres factory, together with office and areas for additional facilities. The building has a steel frame with clear span steel portals to create column free industrial space which can accommodate the hoists and lifting equipment needed to manufacture roof trusses, metal web joists and attic trusses. Timber preservation treatment will also be possible on site.

HTE is an independent business, originally founded in 1998 and based in Duke Street, close to Ipswich’s historic dockland. The business has expanded into new premises several times and the new factory is conveniently placed for access to the A14, A12 and A140 arterial routes.

Kevin Anderson, Managing Director of Holden Timber Engineering commented: “We have been able to source the engineering skills and services we need to build the new factory from the Ipswich area along with the heavy building materials, steel for the frame and most of the other materials. This is an exciting new project built by local firms and the Superstructures team have had an important role in helping ensure it goes to plan.”