Fife fit-out specialist announces ‘record’ quarter for orders

DUNFERMLINE-based furniture and fit-out specialist Deanestor has revealed it has been awarded £9.4 million of new orders in the last three months – a record quarter for order intake.

The new orders are in the build-to-rent, student accommodation, healthcare and education sectors. Around half the projects are for repeat clients.

William Tonkinson, MD of Deanestor, said, “We are pleased to report our best ever quarter for order intake. We saw a clear slowdown in orders from spring 2020 as our contractor clients had to find new ways of working in the Covid-19 pandemic. Projects are now up and running again which has resulted in a surge in new orders.

“The construction sector has definitely been more buoyant from the start of this year and confidence is returning in all the markets we work in. Enquiries remain at a healthy level and we have a record quote book which is another very positive economic indicator.”

Boclair Academy is a new £40 million secondary school for 1,050 pupils, under construction by Wates Construction and McLaughlin & Harvey for East Dunbartonshire Council. Both loose and fixed furniture will be supplied and fitted by Deanestor in a £1.5 million contract.

In Wales, Deanestor has been awarded a £2 million contract to provide bedroom furniture and fitted kitchens for Crown Student Living’s latest scheme. This is a £35 million, 500-bed waterside student housing development in Swansea under construction by Midas.

In the build-to-rent sector, Deanestor has won a contract worth more than £1 million for Bowmer & Kirkland to manufacture and install bespoke contemporary kitchens for a new £64 million build-to-rent development in Milton Keynes. This is for Grainger plc. Enigma Square will provide 261 homes for rent on a site historically occupied by the YMCA.

Other new contracts include a number of projects in the healthcare sector – work on the refurbishment of Aintree Hospital with BAM and the 3Ts redevelopment at Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.