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Our heritage

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Tim's Story

Our story

Nestled in the rural countryside of Herefordshire, Oakwrights has operated nationwide and abroad since 1999.

Like an acorn to an oak, we have grown from six employees to 147 during the past 25 years. We are now established as one of the leading oak frame building companies in the UK. While we strive to improve efficiencies by investing in advanced technologies and continual staff development, we remain true to our roots as a family-focused passionate company.

Our heritage and vision for the future

Our story


Oakwrights’ story begins

Our story begins as Nick Price joins Tim Crump with the idea of setting up an oak frame house building company.

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Investing in our architectural practice

Terry Rutty is appointed as our first Architectural Designer. We invest in 3D CAD software to help bring the architectural design process to life for our customers.

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The Lakes

The Lakes: Operations are moved to Tim’s childhood home in Swainshill, Herefordshire. The house is converted into office space and the first Oakwrights workshop is constructed. A 100ft x 40ft space is created with an overhead crane to make the movement of oak easier.

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Building on our solid foundation

We invest in a Hundegger K2 CNC joinery machine, the first of its kind to be brought into the UK. We also add four Dietrich’s software packages to produce the machine files to run the K2.

Darren Blackwell joins as an architectural designer, expanding our design team.

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Bill Keir joins as general manager. Bill was one of the original early carpenters who helped to re-introduce oak frame carpentry into the UK. He also brought a tremendous depth of knowledge to the team from working on and directing some of the UK’s most prestigious oak frame projects.

Pete Tonks and John Williams further strengthen the architectural team, adding their individual styles and character to our designs.

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We start renovating a two-storey old barn next to the main office. This gives us additional space for the growing design team and allows us to create a training programme, so we can recruit two new trainee frame designers each year.

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Roland Horwood is appointed as frame design manager and implements the oak frame designer training programme.

We gain a full patent for our 3i infill panel system, along with TRADA certification, which means the traditional panels can be used on NHBC projects.

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Our show home, The Woodhouse opens its doors, allowing clients to experience an oak frame first hand.

We begin creating a new larger machine workshop on an adjacent site to the main office, to meet growing demand. This allows two 80ft overhead cranes to be installed for lifting and moving, making production more efficient.

A new Hundegger K2i beam processing machine is also commissioned.

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We win the Homebuilding & Renovating ‘Daily Telegraph Award’ for Best Traditional Design for a house in Norfolk. We also win the Sussex Heritage Trust award for our Richard Hope project.

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We appoint our first lead panel designer to create a dedicated team to manage panel design.

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Our 3i panel system gains industry recognition at the Homebuilding & Renovating Self Build and Product Innovation Awards, taking top spot in the construction systems category.

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Our new framing workshop is complete. This is to carry out all carpentry operations and dry fitting oak frames. We install four 40ft overhead cranes, to help move oak around easily, and six dedicated framing stations to increase efficiency.

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We install two Weinmann butterfly turning tables to enable the clamping, squaring and build of 8m x 3m composite panels to enclose our oak frames. We also launch our new panel systems: WrightWall (wall/roof) and WrightWall Natural (wall/roof).

Our oak framing apprenticeship scheme has its first intake of carpenters.

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We complete a commercial project. Cams Mill, a Fullers pub and restaurant, sits on the site of an old tidal mill in Fareham.

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We complete our largest and most challenging commercial project. Pavilion One is a contemporary building that houses a Costa Coffee shop at the entrance of the old livestock development in Hereford.

We appoint a Building Regulations specialist and Certified PassivHaus Consultant.

Iain Hendry is appointed to respond to our growing presence in Scotland.

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Helen Needham is appointed as our first in-house Architect and Architectural Team Manager.

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We launch Oakwrights, GreenRooms division to respond to the growing demand for the design and construction of oak framed extensions.

Our ‘Oak Frame Homes’ book is published, to inspire anyone planning to build an oak frame home.

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The Oakwrights Portfolio is published, to inspire and assist clients selecting features for their own builds.

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We launch our full turnkey offering, in response to the increasing demand for a full build service, and our custom build offering, which allows us to offer a dedicated service to small developers and landowners.

We begin building a larger workshop to house our softwood production equipment and panel making. The additional office space allows our frame design, projects and architectural design teams to work under one roof, which makes communication much more efficient.

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We turn 20 years old and rebrand to help strengthen our position in the marketplace.

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After nine years of working with Oakwrights, Charlie Mills is announced as our new Managing Director. Charlie joined Oakwrights in 2012 and since then has worked alongside all departments, before managing our Outbuildings and Extensions division. Now, Charlie is excited to drive Oakwrights forwards, while Tim Crump takes up the role of Chairman.

Passivhaus certification achieved for the UK’s second oak frame home and the first oak frame Bed and Breakfast in the. This was an in-house project where our teams worked with our clients from the initial design stage, through the planning application process, to the momentous day when their bespoke oak frame and Natural encapsulation system was erected on-site, meeting the rigorous Passivhaus building standards. Please click here to read our clients’ amazing self-build journey.

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We celebrate 25 years

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