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What is The Most Innovative Timber Rafter System?

In housebuilding, time is money, and quality counts. As a Scottish housebuilder or construction company, you’re sure to be constantly on the lookout for ways of standing out from the competition; for ways to work more efficiently and at the same time maintain your high standards. After all, your reputation depends on it. The good news is that at Ochil, we can help you do all of these things, and a whole lot more.

So, if you’re looking for the most innovative, yet efficient timber rafter system, you’re in the right place. In this article, we want to introduce you to SpaceRafter – the timber rafter solution that we believe beats all.


SpaceRafter is a high performance, low cost timber rafter solution that could revolutionise your way of working. And although we design, manufacture and supply this solution, our confidence in this product isn’t overly biased. All of our clients tell us how great it is, and here are just some of the great reasons to choose this option:

Superior insulation possibilities

SpaceRafter has a metal web design that allows for deep insulation voids. These can be used to instal rigid, blown or quilt insulation, significantly increasing thermal performance.

Long spans

Another great feature of SpaceRafter is that it can be used over significantly longer spans than solid timber. This means you need fewer interim supports – saving you time and money.

Lightweight roof cassette construction

SpaceRafters are created offsite as roof cassettes and are lightweight, which means that they’re easy to handle onsite and speed up the build process.

Can be top hung

A further advantage of this way of working is that SpaceRafters can be ‘top hung’, which eliminates the need for rim beams and hangers.

SpaceRafters in the News

SpaceRafters were the big reason for savings and space at a new student Housing project in Edinburgh. Helping enable tight deadlines to be made for this Leith Walk development in Edinburgh, the joists costing £35,500 played a huge role in this six-storey development. The client of this development made significant savings in terms of time and labour as well as cost of metalwork.

In this particular project, SpaceRafters removed the need for joist hangers, the “packing out” of steel and ensured “room in the roof” space was available thanks to a top hung detail. This development will provide accommodation for 260 students, but really is only the tip of the iceberg regarding the possibilities for SpaceRafters. You can read the full report here.

So, if you’re looking for the most innovative and efficient timber rafter solution, there’s no doubt that SpaceRafter is worthy of a place high up on your shortlist. You will love this solution for all the reasons we’ve already mentioned - but in addition, you’ll also love the service and attention to detail you get at Ochil.

If you’d like to discuss SpaceRafter or get advice or guidance from the team at Ochil, call us on 01324 825503 or contact us. We’re here to help.

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