Celebrating 50 years
Potton was founded in 1964 and was privately run and owned up until its acquisition by the Kingspan Group in 2006.
The early business involved the manufacture of just about anything that could be made from wood ranging from industrial pallets to packing crates and bulk potato boxes for the agricultural industry. The company was called the Potton Timber Engineering Company Limited, and the name sums up its early activities rather well. The business grew rapidly and by the end of the sixties it was tackling sophisticated timber engineering projects for companies such as Ford, Rank Xerox and Kodak.
In 1968 Potton was one of the first companies to start production of timber frame house kits and by the early 70’s was at the forefront of modern timber frame housing in the UK. By the end of the decade Potton had supplied tens of thousands of houses providing high quality, energy efficient, low-cost housing to progressive councils such as Peterborough, Telford, Milton Keynes, and Basildon.
In the early 80’s, Potton pioneered the 3D volumetric approach for budget hotels, where the bedroom pods were factory built and craned into place, so that each one took just a few weeks to complete on site. During this period the company manufactured and built around 200 hotels for many different customers.
In 1984, Potton saw the potential for Self Build, and launched its first Self Build home at the Ideal Home Exhibition. The design was from the “Heritage” range, intended as country cottages for rural England, using an innovative exposed post and beam system. Since that time, the product range has broadened and evolved, with contemporary and classic designs along with bespoke solutions allowing customers to develop and tailor their home to suit their personal needs.
In 1992, Potton opened the UK’s first Self Build show centre at St Neots. It was, and still remains, the only facility where prospective clients can see, feel and experience how their eventual investment will look, and currently boasts four fully finished homes of varying design together with a product information centre and is the home of our “Self Build Academy”.
Over the last decade the company has grown substantially and has extended its expertise and credentials to include ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, BS OHSAS 18001:2007, PEFC and TRADA Q-Mark. The business now also provides timber frame and SIP solutions on multi-unit sites to companies such as Hill Partnerships, Barratt, Crest Nicolson, ISG, and Jenner’s to name but a few. Working on larger developments with such clients has broadened our experience and understanding of larger developments which will prove invaluable in delivering larger projects as part of the new Custom Build initiative.
The acquisition of Potton in 2006 by Kingspan Group has brought many advantages to our business. Kingspan has an unrivalled reputation throughout the construction industry for innovation, design and technical expertise offering a wide range of product solutions to meet and exceed environmental expectations. As a result, Potton customers can benefit from this expertise and are assured security of supply offered by one of the best known names in sustainable building systems.
Over the last 30 years, Potton has evolved from simply being a manufacturer of timber frame kits for residential and commercial applications, into a business that offers real solutions to today’s generation of Self Builders. We offer a full range of support services such as in house design including a planning and building regulation submissions, code assessment, self build project managers, financial and cost consultants, supplier and subcontractor partners along with a self build education centre and the self build academy. The business is now very much positioned as a self build service provider of choice offering a full “hand holding” service to help self builders through the development and construction process to build a home that best suits their needs.