PACIFIC Building’s new bespoke joinery workshop is now fully operational and starting to pay for itself with a host of commissions for a number of big-name clients.
The environmentally sustainable facility has provided jobs for six new staff and features all-new machinery, tooling and other equipment, and it covers an area three times the size of the workshop they formerly used at their main base in Hillington, on the outskirts of Glasgow.
The six-figure investment by Pacific – whose clients include McDonald’s restaurants, pub and restaurant chain Mitchells & Butlers, JD Wetherspoon and Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Manchester International Airports – gives the company the ability to manufacture superior quality specialist pieces to meet increasing demand from the hospitality, retail and travel sectors.
Specifically, they will produce fixtures and fittings and other items associated with café furniture, waiting stations, bar tops, shelving, panelling, cabinetry, wall coverings, screens, storage, reception desks, covings and mouldings.
Current live projects that are benefiting from the new workshop include the Marine Hotel and the Renaissance Club, both in North Berwick, and the Reception Area at the new Freer Street Office development in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh.
As main contractors, Pacific would previously have had to source manufactured joinery items from external suppliers and often engage a third party to install. This meant that they had limited control over quality, which may only have become apparent at the time of delivery to site.
Developing their own joinery workshop with experienced management and supervision now allows them to produce these bespoke items in-house and provides a guarantee over the standard of finish.
Clients and designers can visit the 3,500 sq ft workshop throughout the process to watch their products come together and inspect the quality.
Commissions involving bespoke joinery that have been delivered to date by Pacific include:
· All Bar One Edinburgh and Glasgow – bar/screens/feature wall
· JD Wetherspoon, Glasgow – bar/ceiling features/wall panelling/model plane
· Bocco, Aberdeen International Airport – wall panels/bar/fixed seating/ceiling raft
· Lauder’s, Glasgow – bar/screens/vanity units/bespoke doors
· ISG, Edinburgh University – reception desk
· Flutes & Tails, Edinburgh International Airport – poseur tables
The state-of-the-art equipment being used in the 3,500 sq ft workshop – which will be heated by briquettes created from its waste output – include a table saw, edge-bander, four-sided planer, pull saw, planer thicknesser, drum sander and spindle moulder.
Managing Director Gerard McMahon said: “This significant investment in our workshop will allow us to provide a minimum of six additional jobs, increase capacity and deliver bespoke joinery solutions for our growing client base.
“As an employee-owned business, investing in our people and services is central to our culture and values.”
Derek Aitken, senior asset manager at Hillington Park, said: “Pacific has experienced significant growth at Hillington Park over many years and has always showed ambition to build on that so when the adjacent property became available we worked closely with its management team to quickly expand its premises to enable them to add its new joinery service to its client offering.”