Hundreds of jobs on the way as timber frame giant reveals plans for £45m HQ

Impression of the facility at Infinity Park Derby

One of the UK’s largest timber frame manufacturers has chosen Derby as the location for its new headquarters.

Oregon Timber Frame will relocate from its current HQ in Burton to a recently-completed 186,000 sq ft facility at Infinity Park Derby this summer, with the move expected to create around 200 jobs.

Housebuilding giant Barratt Developments, which owns the company, is understood to have invested £45m in the new site.

The facility is located off Junction 3 of the A50 and boasts a BREEAM “Very Good” rating and an EPC rating of “A.” It was built by Bowmer + Kirkland.

Barratt acquired Oregon Timber Frame in 2019 to support its off-site production operations.

Peter Wade, joint managing director of Oregon, said: “Infinity Park Derby will ultimately become our new base to support Barratt’s move to modern methods of construction, and so it was imperative that the building’s sustainable credentials were in line with those of our business. This new state-of-the-art facility will support our long-term goals to increase our use of modern methods of construction off-site and reduce our carbon footprint.”

The wider Infinity Park Derby scheme is being delivered by a public-private partnership which includes Derby City Council, University of Derby, the D2N2 local enterprise partnership, Rolls-Royce and Harpur Crewe Estates, and a developer consortium comprising Wilson Bowden Developments – which is also part of Barratt – and Peveril Securities.

Nick Richardson, managing director of Wilson Bowdon Developments, said: “We are proud to have played a pivotal role in the development of Oregon’s new production facility at Infinity Park and ultimately adding to Barratt’s commitment to lead the future of housebuilding.

“The close proximity of a highly skilled labour force and Infinity Park’s location being at the apex to the Golden Triangle, means it is a premier address for businesses and a perfect location for our sister company, Oregon.”

The road south of the I-Hub, which forms the cornerstone of Infinity Park Derby, has been extended as part of the project, and a new footpath route has been created adjacent to the huge production facility.

Councillor Steve Hassall, cabinet member for Regeneration, Decarbonisation, Strategic Planning & Transport at Derby City Council, said: “We are thrilled to see more companies choosing Derby for their home. Oregon is one of the largest timber frame manufacturers in the country, and their move to Infinity Park Derby is testament to our city’s reputation as a national leader for innovation, manufacturing and logistics.”

“With more design and build opportunities available, and more and more brands based here, we are looking forward to welcoming more businesses to Derby in the future”, he added.