Taylor Lane Timber Frame Ltd., one of the UK’s leading timber frame construction specialists, today announces new ownership following an acquisition by Cala Group, a major UK homebuilder.
This financial investment will enable Taylor Lane to realise its growth ambitions and maximise opportunities presented by the UK’s drive to build high quality, more sustainable homes faster, by using modern methods of construction.
With factories in Hereford and Wales, Taylor Lane will supply Cala’s five English businesses in the Cotswolds and South of England, while continuing to service existing customers and grow its presence in the wider market.
Co-founder Colin Taylor is taking this opportunity to retire from the business and Jonathan Lane has accepted the position of Managing Director.
The company will continue to be led by its experienced existing management team ensuring both consistency and stability for Taylor Lane’s employees, customers, and operations.
Jonathan Lane, Managing Director at Taylor Lane, said:
“This marks the start of an exciting new chapter for Taylor Lane and is a fantastic endorsement of our potential from a highly respected UK homebuilder. We are extremely pleased to be moving forward with Cala as our new owners.
“Over the past 40 years we have successfully grown Taylor Lane to a £30 million turnover business delivering timber frame systems to a wide variety of sectors, including private and affordable housing, education, care homes, student accommodation, and self-build. This is testament to the vision of our co-founders, Colin Taylor and Barrie Lane, and the hard work and commitment of our employees alongside the quality of our product and our approach to customer service. We are all incredibly proud of Taylor Lane’s achievements to date.
“Looking ahead, the management team and I feel extremely positive about our prospects. We have robust growth plans in place, a loyal customer base and a talented team. We also have the security of Cala’s ownership and a pipeline of additional future growth to come from their transition to timber frame construction in England.”
Kevin Whitaker, CEO at Cala Group, said:
“Today’s announcement is a hugely positive step forward for both Taylor Lane and for Cala. Taylor Lane is a successful business with an experienced management team and talented workforce, who share Cala’s passion for quality and service. We look forward to working with the Taylor Lane team, to support them as they continue to develop and grow their business.
“For Cala, it also demonstrates our clear commitment to delivering our climate targets. This investment in Taylor Lane sets out our path to transitioning to timber frame across our English developments, a key element of our sustainability strategy.
“The positive arguments for timber frame construction have never been more compelling. Generating up to 20% less embodied carbon than a typical masonry build, and offering the benefits of speed and efficiency of construction and superior factory-built quality, the advantages of using timber strongly support our decision to invest in timber frame and grow our use in the future.”
L-R – Brian Johnson, Group Development Director, Cala Group and Jonathan Lane, Managing Director, Taylor Lane Timber Frame.