You’re Never Too young to learn about sustainable Timber Frame Construction!

A big thank- you to the staff & pupils of St Joseph’s College Ipswich who invited us to talk to the students about sustainable construction and the positive impact it has on our environment.

A real appetite for learning about sustainability was evident!  Year 5 pupils aged 9 were focused on timber frame and passive housing especially. A 45 minute lesson was extended to an hour and a half.

Lots of questions from hungry minds…

Pictured is Mike Chester from Cygnum Timber Frame presenting to a very engaged audience!


The Green Construction Award – Finalist

Fantastic way to start 2017 with a nomination at this years Green Awards for the ‘Green Construction Award’. The category recognises sustainable development through innovative construction methods, sustainable use of resources and a design that prioritises the needs of the wider environment and society. The awards are the long-standing benchmark for excellence for those demonstrating best green practice in Ireland.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin on Tuesday, February 21st.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

All the team at Cygnum Timber Frame would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!

We are closed for the Christmas holidays from 22nd December – 3rd January 2017. You can still send in any enquiries or attach your plans to  and we will respond to your e-mail on the 3rd Jan.

Perfect Delivery Certificate

Thanks to our friends at Morgan Sindall who awarded Cygnum with a ‘Perfect Delivery Certificate’ for our work on the design, manufacture and insulation of the timber frame for The Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia. The projects team’s commitment and determination to specify locally and domestically helped achieve its BREEAM and Passivhaus credentials.

The collaborate effort across the whole of the supply chain has been rewarded with an impressive list of awards and achievements including Cygnum’s ‘Best use of Timber Frame’, Best Low Energy project at the Structural Timber Awards 2016  and ‘Best Use of Timber’ at the Offsite Awards 2016.

For more information see our Case Study page.

Timber Frame ‘Flying Up’ for Ysgol Trimsaran Primary School

photo credit: Juraj Mikurcik

Recent site images taken by project lead architect George Mikurcik, Architype showcases the impressive speed our latest #Passivhaus school is being erected. The new school is planned to replace the old building which is in a poor condition and will cater for 210 children with 30 nursery places. The project is being delivered through Carmarthenshire County Council’s Modernising Education Programme and the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools initiative.

Echoing the timber frame features used in our award winning Burry Port primary school, the building incorporates the use of locally sourced Welsh timber. It also features impressive circular glulam posts that form the structure of the covered walkways.


Cygnum Awarded 5 Awards in One Week!


After picking up the ‘Best Use of Timber’ award for the Enterprise Centre at the Offsite Awards, we are over the moon to announce we were awarded 4 more at last night’s Structural Timber Awards!

‘Best Low Energy Project’ – The Enterprise Centre – The University of East Anglia

Presenter on the night ‘Mark Durden Smith’ commented this was one of the toughest categories with no less than 10 stand out Low Energy Projects contending for the top prize. However the Judges singled out the Enterprise Centre in particular for the innovative use of local Corsican pine that grew just 30 miles away from site, exploding the myth that British timber sources aren’t suited to structural uses in buildings.

‘Best Use of Timber Frame’ -The Enterprise Centre – The University of East Anglia

The Enterprise Centre was selected for this very prestigious award as it was highest scoring of all timber frame projects entered!

Highly Commended – Best Education – Burry Port Community School – Joint Entry with Architype

We were thrilled that our Brettstapel beauty Burry Port Community School was recognised in what was another hotly contested category – with 12 outstanding Education projects it was great to be Highly Commended along with our friends at Architype.

Highly Commended – Client of the Year – The Enterprise Centre-The University of East Anglia

Delighted that the University of East Anglia was rightly highly commended as Client of The Year. This category requires contestants to show exceptional ways of integration and collaborative working, excellent health and safety, fair terms and forms of contract and a desire to involve all stakeholders, local community and supply chain partners in any decisions throughout the project.

Burry Port Case Study

The Enterprise Centre Case Study 


Winners in The Best Use of Timber Category @ The OffSite Awards!

The awards celebrate the best in precision building design and delivery and  reward outstanding examples of prefabrication and factory-based methods, products, systems and disciplines that increasingly strive to develop a sustainable, streamlined and cost-effective way to deliver a better built environment.

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Offsite Construction Show 12th – 13th October


We are looking forward to exhibiting at the forthcoming Off Site Construction Show. The exhibition and associated conference programme will take place at ExCel, London over two days on 12th & 13th October 2015.  Last year attracted over 2,000 attendees who represented every part of the UK’s building, construction, design and engineering community.

Click here to register for a free ticket 

Cygnum will be at stand C28 hope to see you there!




Cygnum shortlisted for the Offsite Awards

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After the success of two of our projects being nominated in no less than 4 separate category’s at the forthcoming Structural Timber Awards, we are delighted to announce the Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Use of Timber’ category at this years OffSite Construction Awards.

The awards celebrate the best in precision building design and delivery and  reward outstanding examples of prefabrication and factory-based methods, products, systems and disciplines that increasingly strive to develop a sustainable, streamlined and cost-effective way to deliver a better built environment.

The winners will be announced at the NEC, Birmingham, at a ‘Drinks & Nibbles’ Reception on 18 October during UK Construction Week.










Cygnum Nominated for one of the largest Passivhaus Scheme in the UK

‘Goldsmith Street’ Norwich looks set to be one of  the largest social housing Passivhaus scheme in the UK to date. The planed 120 units will be a mixture of individual houses, and flats and marks the continuing commitment from Norwich city council to provide low energy social housing.

The design where all houses and flats face south,seeks to provide sunny, light filled homes with very low fuel bills of approximately £150 per year. In the main these properties will be socially rented.

Goldsmith Street will be Cygnum’s 2nd  Passivhaus housing scheme for Norwich City Council following on from our successful partnership at Hansard Close . Managing Director John Desmond – ‘This is a great vote of confidence in the hard work we’ve done on Passivhaus projects throughout the UK both in the education and residential sectors. Its also really encouraging to see the forward thinking approach taken by Norwich City Council in adopting the Passivhaus standard. Hopefully many more will follow.’