Our story

1999

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

2000

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.

2001

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.

2002

We invest in a Hundegger K2 CNC joinery machine, the first of its kind to be brought into the UK, along with a new four side-planer.

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 the design team.

2003

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. Bill brings a tremendous depth of knowledge 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 the team.

2005

We start renovating a two-storey old barn next to the main office. This will give 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.

2006

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

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

2007

The Woodhouse show home opens its doors, allowing customers to experience an oak frame house before purchasing.

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 large packs of timber; it also makes production more efficient.

A new Hundegger K2i beam processing machine is also commissioned.

2008

John Williams wins 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.

2009

Steve Laws is appointed as lead panel designer to create a dedicated team to manage panel design.

2010

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.

2011

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.

2012

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. Our customers can now choose between Oakwrights WrightWall Light (wall/roof) and Oakwrights WrightWall Natural (wall/roof) panels systems.

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

2013

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

2014

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

We appoint David Bryan to carry out building regulation drawings and building design work. David gains his Certified PassivHaus Consultant accreditation, which allows us to work with one of the most rigorous standards in use in our industry.

We invest in an X-Floc GBF1050, increasing efficiency and reducing dust levels, due to it being self-contained.

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

2015

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

2016

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.

2017

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

Passivhaus certification for the first oak frame home in the UK is achieved; a joint project between us and Passivhaus ecological Architects, Ecoarc.

2018

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.

2019

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