The UK’s first prefabricated party wall system has become one of the first six projects to receive investment funding from the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre.

The patented timber frame wall system is the brainchild of Aberdeen-based Stewart Milne Timber Systems, which will receive almost £100,000 of funding from the CSIC to help bring the product through the industrial research and development stage and onto the market.

Glasgow Caledonian University and Edinburgh Napier University will contribute to product design and performance validation in a laboratory and site environment to analyse the product’s structural, acoustic, fire and thermal performance.

With a total value of over £800,000, the project has also levered £230,000 of funding from Innovate UK.

When the product is fully developed, it should become the first patented prefabricated timber frame party wall system in the UK, with great potential for export. It is expected to contribute to improved whole life performance of buildings with enhanced thermal, acoustic and fire performance as well as ease and speed of installation and cost effectiveness as key benefits.

The project aims to create 24 new jobs at Stewart Milne Groups Scottish and English production plants, thanks to the creation of two new production lines to manufacture the walls, which can be used in the construction of housing, hotels and student accommodation.

The Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, which was launched in October 2014, was set up to transform the Scottish construction industry by encouraging companies to focus on driving profitable growth through innovation. 

The Centre is supported by the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and 12 Scottish university partners.