Thorpes of Great Glen Take Ownership of New Facility

Today is a special day in Thorpes of Great Glen's 70 year history, as we officially take ownership of our custom built manufacturing facility in Market Harborough, Leicestershire.

Thorpes new HQ is ready for business

A nine month build period has flown by, and we are delighted to announce that today we officially begin our move from our sites in Great Glen and Market Harborough to the purpose built, 40,000 sq ft facility on the Airfield Business Park.

"This is a proud day for us here at Thorpes of Great Glen, and it is great to see the end result of several months of hard work from all involved. This new facility looks fantastic and is a representation of our confidence in the potential of the company and it's staff, and we believe this can take us to the next level" - Managing Director and owner John Thorpe.

We will be posting regular updates on the move so be sure to check back here, or on our social channels for more info.

Manufacturing Facility June Progress

The month of June represented a huge milestone in our facility build with the first installation of new machinery. With the main external build all but complete, work has continued on the block paving to the car park but more significantly both the new extraction and biomass boiler systems have been craned into place. This is a great step towards the facility becoming operational, as more equipment is due to follow during July, including our new custom spray booths.

Golf Day For Shooting Star Chase Raises £12,000

Thorpes team take part in Overbury sponsored golf day for Shooting Star Chase childrens hospice.

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Four members of Thorpes of Great Glen's staff recently attended the first Shooting Star Chase golf day at the fantastic Shire course in Barnet, as members of the construction industry came together to raise a staggering £12,000 for the extremely worthy hospice.

Based in Surrey, Shooting Star Chase is a leading children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.

"Whether lives are measured in days, weeks, months or years, we are here to make every moment count. We support families from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement with a range of nursing, practical, emotional and medical care".

Organised by Overbury's Dan Galleni and Franchi's Marco Franchi, the combined donations, entry fees and the generous purchasing at the charity auction (which featured some cracking items) meant that £12,000 was raised for the hospice, with proceeds directly funding a new on-site gym. 

To find out more about the hospice and how to support their essential work, visit their website here.

Manufacturing Facility May Progress

May has been a big month for us at the Market Harborough site, as the external finishes are very close to completion. The envelope construction is now concluded and we have a weather tight structure to begin works on the internal details.

Work will begin in earnest on the office and factory space in the coming weeks and the developments continue to spread excitement both internally and externally, with a noted interest from local businesses and people.

A sneak preview from our Instagram shows the early work to the internal features.

A sneak preview from our Instagram shows the early work to the internal features.

Manufacturing Facility April Progress

As we entered the 13th week of construction on the Airfield Business Park the external framework was all but complete. Just four short weeks later the view is completely different once again as the team on site continue to progress well.

Both layers of external cladding and insulation to the walls and roof saw major progress as did the front window fittings and drainage works to the whole site.

Click through the images below from our timelapse camera to see the progress for yourself!

Manufacturing Facility March Progress

It's been a big month at our Market Harborough site as progress continues at a tremendous rate. From our vantage point we can easily monitor the build of our new state of the art manufacturing base, and over the course of the month visible strides were made. The framework has been completely finished, and the early stages of the roofing is now in place. These are significant milestones as we now have a physical sense of the scale of our installation and the move in date feels much closer indeed.

Thorpes Joinery continue partnership with Leicestershire CCC

Now that the cricket season is in full swing we are delighted to announce that we are continuing our ongoing partnership with Leicestershire County Cricket Club, with Managing Director John Thorpe recently becoming the first member of the new Presidents Club.

Managing Director John Thorpe recently attended LCCC's press day

The new President's Club brings together all aspects of the cricket club, including cricket, advertising and networking opportunities. 

 “We're delighted to welcome Mr John Thorpe as the first member of our President's Club. The establishment of our President’s Club is a big step forward for the club. There are lots of crossovers in professional cricket and business, and it will be great to share this knowledge and expertise in the partnership.” - Leicestershire CCC Commercial Director Jim Overen

MCM Architecture Win Workspace Interiors 2016 Award For Estée Lauder Companies Project

Project Awarded Gold at Annual World Interior News Award Ceremony

MCM Architecture took Gold in the workspace interiors awards for their outstanding project for Estée Lauder Companies new office at One Fitzroy, London.

'Brand Hubs' have been created throughout the working floors, spaces where each brand is free to express the essence of their brand identity.

The 2016 awards took place at London's Design Museum and brought together many of the leading names in the interiors world to celebrate some of the industry's standout projects and products.

MCM's project was centred around the themes of family, home and community to support collaboration, agility, creativity and innovation and saw all 25 beauty brands moving under one roof, all whilst maintaining individual identity.

"MCM Architecture developed a design solution to create an open, transparent and flexible environment that would unite over 25 beauty brands as part of one family, while preserving their individual brand identities"

We are delighted to have assisted in bringing MCM's design concept into a workable reality, by operating alongside other trades to create a space that "looks life an office, but does not feel like an office". Our contract comprised the supply of bespoke office furniture across multiple floors, including several areas of seating and other individual items of specialist joinery.

One example of the multiple banquette seating areas featured on the project

Congratulations to our clients at MCM Architecture on their excellent project and deserved award.

To read more on the project and to view other winners, click here.


Manfacturing Facility February Progress

With the build of Thorpe's new HQ entering it's second month progress has shown no signs of slowing. After fully levelling the ground and ensuring the requisite stability work could begin on the framework.

Following the drilling and filling of the foundations the installation of the steel framework began to take shape very quickly, with much of the front section completed in just under two days. The frame erection teams have worked exceptionally hard to ensure that progress was not stalled despite the attentions of Storm Doris and as February came to a close we can see the build starting to resemble the vision laid out in our designs.

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Thorpes of Great Glen Hit The Headlines

Following our recent exciting announcement regarding the commencement of works on our new manufacturing facility, we were delighted to be featured in the Leicester Mercury's excellent 'Business' section last week. Read the story online here:


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