Friday, December 23, 2011

News: Home Décor Innovations plan Rotherham move


Home Décor Innovations, one of the leading suppliers of floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and associated storage systems in Europe, is set to expand into new premises in Rotherham.

The planned move will see Home Décor's existing 120 staff relocate over the border from Sheffield and provide the company with space to expand and create more new jobs.

Currently based at a 65,000 sq ft factory on a site at Drakehouse, Sheffield, the company plans to move into a purpose built 110,000 sq ft unit at Woodhouse Link, the development on the former Laycast site at Fence in Rotherham.

Sheffield company, JF Finnegan are developing the project which is now set to include a 91,500 sq ft workshop plus 21,600 sq ft offices and possibly a CHP (combined heat and power) plant on the site.

The pre-let to Home Décor covers the whole area that Finnegan had outlined as Phase 2 of the 15 acre scheme.

Home Décor Innovations is a part of Canada's Renin Corporation and with operating companies in the UK and Italy, they manufacture over one million doors per year, and supply hardware to manufacture a further one million doors to strategic partners throughout the rest of Europe, The Middle East and Africa.

Their products are available through major retailers including B&Q, Wickes, Focus and Homebase in Europe, and suppliers to the construction industry.

The current site in Sheffield is being sold to ASDA so they can develop a new superstore. Plans for the store were approved by Sheffield Council and sent to the Secretary of State for confirmation in August.

Peter Buchanan, Chief Executive of Home Décor Innovations, stated in a letter to Sheffield Council regarding the planning permission of the Asda store, that the development "would directly contribute to fulfilling our future plans by allowing us to relocate to improved new premises. This would match our ambitions as a business whilst creating more new jobs at Home Décor."

The company will benefit from a new purpose-built building as the current building is considered to be outdated and a larger showroom is needed. The funding from Asda will allow the company a one-off opportunity to move, and to replace much of the old equipment.

With new Rotherham premises, it is hoped that Home Décor can significantly increase turnover and the number of employees in the next five years which will provide a boost to the local economy.

Last week, members of Rotherham Council's planning board agreed that planning permission for Home Décor's new premises should be granted. The move is likely to happen quickly as a legal agreement is being developed that would mean that the development of the supermarket at Drakehouse cannot commence until Home Décor has relocated into a purpose built new factory in the local area.

Home Décor Innovations website

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