UK - Case Studies


Title: Timber clad Waitrose at Bracknell

Product: MicroPro Treated Timber

Country: United Kingdom

Waitrose in Bracknell choose Woodguard Color as the decorative finish over Accoya wood, used in the construction of the Bracknell flagship Waitrose store. The supermarket, which opened late 2011, is Waitrose’s ‘greenest’ shop to date. The 25,000 sqft store incorporates pioneering new sustainability features that will reduce carbon dioxide emissions.


Vertical random width Accoya boards were clad to the façade of the store. A Woodguard Color protective finish Turner Grey was applied.


Woodguard color products are not varnishes or surface coatings; they are innovative impregnation products composed of high performance fluorinated resins in a water based solution free from solvents and silicones. Moreover they allow the wood to breathe. They are finishing products that help prevent wood degradation. There is an extensive range of colours to choose from.


The Hedgehog

Title: BRE approved Incising Technology

Product: "The Hedgehog"

Country: United Kingdom

"The Hedgehog" incising machine and BRE approved incisor tooth pattern are proving to be a commercial success with a growing market for both incising machines and incised posts predicted.


Walford Timber has received many enquiries about their incising technology since its launch last year, with strong interest both in the UK and from Ireland. North West Timber Treatments Ltd is the first to have taken delivery of their own machine. North West Timber Treatments are a major supplier of treated timber in the North West of England and the ability to incise their own material was a key factor in their decision.


This surge in interest has led to an agreement to take over the European sales and marketing of the technology, allowing Walford Timber time to focus on their core business. Walford Timber are very happy to share this technology with the Timber Industry but needed a partner with national and international resources to make the most of the opportunities presented. As a long established merchant and timber treater they see the introduction of incising into the UK in order to enhance the treatment of Home Grown Spruce, and other resistant substrates, as a very positive step.