Posted on: 30th March 2020

Like every business this past few weeks, we have been busy adapting to an ever changing situation to ensure business continuity, working in partnership with clients and suppliers alike.  Slowing the business down in the light of recognised life-saving Government advise, after what was shaping up to be an execellant start for us in 2020, with a healthy order book, has taken some doing!

We have put in place a range of initiatives for our staff, including government led ones, to keep the Carpenter Oak family together, ready to pick tools up again as soon as we can.

We managed to safely get our teams back from various away sites.  Non-essential travel restrictions and lack of services like accommodation means that we can no longer have staff away on site.

A few core staff members are following full health & safety procedures and distancing measures to ensure ongoing frame making where possible, maintenance and security of the workshops and offices and to receive scheduled material deliveries.

Thankfully, being in rural locations in Devon and Scotland means we have lots of outside and large workshop spaces to work safely within, back at our bases.  The dry weather has helped also.  We are sorry to say though that our premises are closed to visitors for now.

Again, the core of our design, sales and project management staff, as well as back office functions, are taking full advantage of our recent investment in communications technology including a new phone system, which means we are working effectively from our home set ups whilst keeping in close virtual contact with each other.

It is the nature of all types of building projects that the more time spent on research and planning, the more successful the final outcome, and ordinarily we don’t always have that time to spare.  This is true for both design and project management.  So of course, as always, we at Carpenter Oak have decades of built up skills. knowledge and experience available right now to advise you with all of this and to help where we can with your build project plans.

Our aim as always to promote and inspire great design, quality craftsmanship in the use of timber in architecture and the built environment – whilst caring about sustainability of the materials we use and the relationships we make with our colleagues, build partners and suppliers – and of course you, our clients who commission us to build beautifully.

However, it is all our primary responsibilities and priorities to protect and ensure the health and well being or our friends, families, colleagues and local communities – and doing all that we can to support the wider national efforts – including Government guidelines and policies, in full appreciation of those people working on the front line of this health crisis.

We hope you all keep safe and well.

Carpenter Oak


If you have a current Carpenter Oak project and have any concerns, or questions, please email [email protected] or call the usual number of our Devon office which will transfer you to our office team automatically: 01803 732 900.

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