TG Escapes is an awarding winning, UK based, eco building company founded in 2003 – here is everything you need to know:
Modular Buildings to Inspire
TG Escapes originates from the belief that you can create stylish buildings from sustainable materials which will enhance the well-being of the occupants and help protect the planet.
To date, TG Escapes have built 800 buildings UK wide, with a specialism in the education sector. Based in Coventry and Herefordshire we cover the whole of the UK and Eire as well as some European markets.
We build with timber because it is the oldest sustainable building material known to mankind. With the government drive towards a net-zero economy, timber is an essential part of the construction industry’s solution. It sequesters carbon which means that it is carbon negative when used to build with as it locks up carbon for the lifetime of the building.
For our education customers, timber classrooms have been proven to reduce stress versus traditional classrooms.
We design our buildings to be net-zero in operation as standard. This will be a legal requirement from 2030 and can save the average TGE building customer between £1k and £1800 per year in energy costs. We are also working with the carbon trust to certify our buildings as net-zero in their lifetime.
This will be achieved through a combination of the latest technologies, highly insulated energy-efficient design, best in class ventilation, offsite construction and the use of timber and carbon offsetting. It will become a legal requirement for all new buildings to be net-zero in lifetime by 2050 at the very latest.
The government are encouraging modern methods of construction such as modular solutions. Our process is sectional modular as opposed to volumetric modular. The sectional modular approach requires less transportation energy between factory and site because we don’t need to put a box with lots of empty space onto a truck.
It also provides a much more flexible system for buildings on a smaller scale which means we can create bespoke designs to suit most locations. We need fewer cranes onsite and can keep the construction more self-contained. This is of particular importance on education sites so schools can maintain educational continuity.
We use sustainably sourced materials with a full chain of custody. Timber components are hand-made in our UK factory where our craftsmen work to create our bespoke timber frame structures with minimal wastage. Being based in the UK we have full control of the operation and can keep transportation energy down.
We are certificated through CATG to design, manufacture and supply our own Posi Joists in collaboration with Wolf Systems which gives us control of this key component in our system.
Biophilic Design Principles
Our designs include large floor to ceiling doors and windows and can feature sun pipes and living roofs. Covered decking allows easy and free-flowing access to the outdoors. Views of nature, access to the outdoors, natural light and materials have been proven to enhance educational outcomes and the well-being of occupants.
We employ locally and promote from within. We create healthy, natural, low carbon buildings that are good for the well-being of occupants. We advocate sustainability and environmental citizenship amongst our customers’ stakeholders. We have published white papers on outdoor learning, supported enterprise in education and produced lesson plans to support the curriculum.
We engage our customers, their students and parents in sustainability with our tree planting programme which also helps schools in their Rights Respecting Schools agenda by supporting farmers and their families in Uganda.
A Complete Service
We provide peace of mind to our customers because we take care of everything from planning to handover. We guarantee a fixed price so all our customers know there will be no hidden extras, unlike some stories they hear about other construction companies.
Our Vision is lighter, brighter buildings enhancing personal growth and well-being whilst preserving our environment.
Our Mission is to create bespoke, timber frame, turnkey, net-zero buildings which connect to nature and inspire.
Deliver all we promise.
People and planet first.
We are family.
Good enough is not enough.
“They understood our needs and produced a design that we knew would meet those needs, amazing.”
“The builders were excellent…. and were very considerate and understanding of the needs of the school.”
“Excellent communication with customer.”
“We enjoyed a good working relationship with TG Escapes from start to finish. Covid provisions did provide a number of challenges but we managed to overcome these.”
“Overall a very good experience working with the TG Escapes team from the initial on-site meeting to formulation of drawings to the construction of the new building and completion..”
Meet the team
The team still led by Richard Harvey is now over 30 strong including architects, surveyors, structural engineers, manufacturing, project management, technicians and craftsmen.