Border Oak have a long and widely acknowledged reputation as industry leaders and innovators.
We have pioneered major advances in both the construction and self build market - transforming the process and enhancing what is achievable, accessible and available.
Border Oak invented the much imitated Oak Frame Infill Panel (ours was the first and only to be TRADA and NHBC assessed and approved). Many have tried to copy our high performance panel, and yet it remains the best available. It has been adopted as 'Best Practice' by the National House Building Council (NHBC), and remains the ultimate method to make an exposed oak frame waterproof and thermal whilst also allowing for the natural movement of the oak frame.
Border Oak were the first company to embrace the potential of SIPs in the UK (we designed and built the very first domestic SIPs building in the UK in 2000, as featured on Grand Designs). We first used SIPs for our own design barn in 1999 - subsequently devising and inventing all the necessary details and methods to combine green oak with the structural panel system and launching this to market - a truly revolutionary advancement that has shaped the industry.
Border Oak delivered the first collective custom build schemes in the late 1980's - constantly refining (and personally investing in) the concept and opening the possibility of self build & custom build to a wider audience. We helped redefine how plots could be found and purchased, making self build more affordable for more people. We continue to shape this area of the industry, resolving and removing many of the entry barriers.
More recently, we have been working on an exciting, innovative (top secret!) new housing concept that brings together our construction skills, design capabilities, innovation, sustainabilty credentials, knowledge and craftsmanship and will hopefully continue our legacy of innovation.