Barrie Lane, a leading figure in the self-build timber-frame industry, has died after a short illness. He was 67.
Lane was co-founder and joint managing director of Taylor Lane Timber Frame, based in Herefordshire.
Lane devoted almost 50 years to the industry, learning his trade before starting Taylor Lane Timber Frame with friend Colin Taylor in 1982. They began building frames in a small factory in Hereford, growing to a multimillion-pound business with a workforce of 150, manufacturing around 2,500 timber frame units each year.
The company website said: “Barrie Lane was a warm and courteous man. Customers and staff held him in great regard and admired his professionalism, sheer determination and friendly but firm manner. He will be greatly missed.”