Doors and windows manufacturer invests in new Livingston innovation centre

TIMBER windows and doors manufacturer NorDan UK has invested £800,000 in a new Sustainability and Innovation Centre as part of a £2 million upgrade of its national HQ in Livingston.

The new facility, which is due for completion in early 2024, will give customers from across the UK hands-on training in the installation and adjustment of the company’s products, recreating different building sites with custom rigs and mock building facades.

Training will also be delivered in a purpose-built amphitheatre, where staff, customers, and industry influencers and decision makers such as architects and consultants, will participate in training and CPD presentations across NorDan’s product areas, as well as attend seminars on changing building standards and regulations.

The centre will also showcase NorDan’s latest innovations, including smart products, juliette balcony systems and external sun protection screens.

Alex Brown, MD of NorDan UK, explained, “Our new Sustainability and Innovation Centre is a further commitment to our Livingston UK headquarters, and will give us greater capacity to share industry knowledge and deliver advanced training on our rapidly evolving range of products.

“Building regulations are also changing, including Scotland’s new Domestic Building Environmental Standards Bill and England’s Future Homes Standard, and as the industry increasingly moves towards lower carbon buildings, NorDan’s alu-clad timber windows and doors are becoming increasingly relevant to a wider audience.”

Mr Brown confirmed that 2023 will be his 14th and final year as NorDan UK’s MD, before he steps down to assume the role of a non-executive director. He added that he was delighted to be able to sign-off on this investment in what has been the company’s base for over 40 years.