GoldSmith Street Norwich – Site update

Great to see progress of our Passivhaus units on site and being erected at GoldSmith Street, Norwich. We were delighted to be part of the team who delivered Norwich City Council’s first Passivhaus housing development, Hansard Close earlier this year.  Goldsmith Street will be the region’s largest Passivhaus development and marks the continuing commitment from Norwich city council to provide low energy social housing.  The 105 units feature a mix of one, two, three and four bedroomed properties, designed by award winning architects Mikhail Riches.


Architects Information Day

We opened our doors recently to welcome over 30 top architects for an information morning and manufacturing tour.  The response was brilliant, thank-you to everyone who took the time to attend we hope you found it both informative and enjoyable.  Due to the fantastic response we will be hosting another information day towards the end of the year.

Operations Manager Brian Murphy talks wall systems to an engaged crew of architects

Technical Sales Director Heber McMahon gives a presentation titled ‘Timber Frame Principles and Opportunities’

Heber showing our guests around the design office

If you are interested in attending one of our open days or would like to us to visit you for a lunch time CPD presentation contact us on 026 21100 or email 

Celebrating 20 years in Business

Over 120 Cygnum employees past and present came together recently to celebrate 20 years in business.  The 20 year anniversary marks an important milestone for the company which has seen many highlights such as opening it’s state of the art manufacturing facility in 2005. In 2017 further expansion and a focus on improving our service to clients in the UK saw us open an office in Stowmarket, Suffolk.

In 2011, we built one of the UK’s first Passivhaus registered schools in Wolverhampton. This enabled us to develop a technical engineering and design department who are constantly driven to find ways of improving existing products and use cutting-edge solutions to exceed our clients requirements.

In 2016 Cygnum was presented with no less than 5 awards at the Structural Timber Awards. Plans are now afoot to extend the manufacturing facility to house new state of the art machinery to meet the demand of the growing housing market.

Managing Director John Desmond took the opportunity to thank all of his team, many of whom have been with the company since it’s inception in 1997.

We would like to thank all our clients for your support over the past 20’s to the next 20!

Our Latest Timber Frame Development blends in with a local Wildlife Habitat

Work is progressing well for our scheme in Dorset which includes 210 new homes and a wildlife habitat to protect threatened species that were once common on the derelict land. Phase 2 is well under way for our skilled erecting crew.

The development has been recognized by the Royal Town Planning Institute as a high quality scheme. Victory Oak has also been shortlisted for the Excellence in Planning for the Natural Environment category at the national RTPI awards.


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.