MORE than 70 jobs will be created in the Borders as part of a multi-million-pound expansion at a timber frame firm.

Work has started on new office premises under the first phase of the Selkirk-based Oregon Timber Frame project.

It is part of a wider £24m investment by Barratt Developments following its acquisition of the plant.

The company said the jobs boost – which includes roles for designers, as well as technical and construction management positions – was part of its commitment to "expand and maintain a presence in Selkirk".

Douglas McLeod, regional managing director for Barratt Developments Scotland, said: “Starting construction on phase one of this expansion is a fantastic milestone for us. Since acquiring Oregon five years ago, we’ve worked hard to bring our plans to fruition, so commencing work on the new office is one step closer to achieving our goals.

“The new block will double in capacity which aligns perfectly with our ambitions to create new employment opportunities in Selkirk. We’ve invested in a great business with a high quality product and look forward to rolling out both phases of the project.”

The office block will accommodate up to 60 permanent staff members, approximately double the capacity of the current temporary site. Plans for a new training room, which will hold up to 20 people, have also been revealed as well as more meeting rooms and improved kitchen and welfare facilities over two floors.

Phase one of the expansion is due to be completed in 2025.

The second stage will see the extension of the site's north and south factories.

Oregon was established in 1998 and prior to its acquisition it was one of the UK’s largest timber frame manufacturers specialising in the design, manufacture and erection of high quality structures for the construction industry.