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Eco-Friendly Homes firm Launched By Ex Rovers Star Flitcroft




AS Chorley FC prepares for life in the Skrill North division next season, Garry Flitcroft could be forgiven for ploughing all of his energies into football.

But the 41-year-old has invested heavily in a sideline at Flitcraft, close to the village of St Michael’s On Wyre on the way to Garstang.

Here, bespoke timber frame houses can be built in a factory and transported on a truck ready to be put up.

For those pioneering this new way of house­bu­ilding it is the ‘future’, with the speed of a build dramatically reduced and improved insulation, meaning a drop in energy bills.

Flitcroft said “My dad was a builder and when I was 18 I bought four or five properties with my first signing-on fee. I have a portfolio built over the past 20 years and I have always enjoyed working in property.”

Although keen to develop his property portfolio, Flitcroft still has eyes on pushing up the footballing ladder, but only when the time is right.

The new factory, off Tarnacre Lane, has the capacity to achieve £20 million turnover and has space for up to 50 staff.

The firm uses insulated timber frame panels to provide the basic structure of a house, with a compression machine forcing two panels together either side of insulating foam.

This method ensures heat does not escape from the homes, meaning far cheaper energy bills, claims Flitcroft. He said: “They are almost zero-carbon. This is the future of house­bu­ilding.­”

Panels are made to measure in the factory, ready to be put together on the site. The frame of the home, including beams for internal rooms, can be erected within a week.

Flitcroft said: “The intention is it gets done quickly and is watertight so people can get working inside and out.”

Once the house frame is in place, any cladding can be built on the outside of the home to give it the typical brick or stone appearance, and internal work can commence.


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