Historic joinery firm crafting brighter future after expanding into new premises

January 7, 2022
Bath’s oldest joinery business is expanding into a new workshop to meet growing demand for its high-end products.
Hawker Joinery, pictured, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2019 and has worked on historic properties ranging from Windsor Castle to Bath’s Royal Crescent, has bought the 12,900 sq ft industrial/warehouse building on Marston Trading Estate in Frome. 

Its new site, which was sold by property agents Carter Jonas on behalf of a private client, includes a detached, self-contained steel portal frame building and a two-storey office space. 
The plot of just under an acre also has planning consent for an additional 9,041 sq ft unit.
Founded in 1919, Hawker Joinery began life by making boxes for the renowned cranes produced by Bath company Stothert and Pitt, which were shipped across the globe.
Through four generations of the Hawker family, it has grown to become one of the Bath area’s best-known heritage businesses, hand-creating bespoke items such as high-end windows and doors.
The firm, which has a sales and display office on Queens Parade Place in Bath, secured a six-figure government-backed loan through Lloyds Bank in June 2020 to help it combat the impact of the pandemic and retain its 18-strong team.
Hawker Joinery commercial director Mitchell Thomas said: “All our team are delighted with the acquisition as it will allow us to immediately further invest in our production capabilities to meet the ongoing strong demand for high-quality bespoke joinery.”
Carter Jonas partner, commercial, Alison Williams added: “The South West industrial market has had a stellar year and Frome is particularly sought after by businesses looking to grow their operations in the region. 
“Investor appetite for this type of property continues at a pace. We received a high level of interest in the site from a range of buyers attracted to the variety of accommodation, its prominence and potential. 
“It seems particularly fitting that Hawker Joinery has secured this location to continue its expansion as it makes plans to ensure its future success and look forward to celebrating another 100 years.” 
Other occupiers on Marston Trading Estate include vehicle repaierer Weeks Commercial, LGS Training and cushion manufacturer Fine Quality Feather Co. 

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