Health & Safety Manager Joins Thorpes

We are delighted to have recently appointed a new Health, Safety, and Environmental Manager.

We are delighted to have recently appointed a new Health, Safety, and Environmental Manager.

As with any industry, health & safety is a crucial element throughout all stages of the construction process. A healthy workplace and a healthy workforce is key to all of our future endeavors.  To that end we are delighted that Kristal has joined our team as our dedicated Health, Safety and Environmental Manger. Kristal's role is not only to support Thorpes Joinery in managing the safety of our employees, but to implement our vision for a healthy workplace and workforce.

Kristal has a wealth of experience developed over 10 years of working within the construction and manufacturing industry with a proven track record of reducing injury and illness in heavy engineering and construction environments.  


We wish Kristal the best of luck with her new role !

“It’s a very satisfying job, the workplace has a significant impact on people’s daily lives, health and general well-being. Being able to make improvements in these areas is incredibly rewarding. The commitment and values shown by the Thorpes leadership to make these advances is why I was so interested in joining the Team”
— Kristal, our newest member of the team

Kristal's interest in working for Thorpes stemmed from our company values: "Thorpes are a company that cares, and that's so important for the health and safety of employees"

We wish Kristal the best of luck with her new role!

Work Experience at Thorpes

We actively promote our relationships with local schools, and we are delighted to have recently welcomed several students to complete  work experience placements with us here at Thorpes. After being given a design brief to manufacture an item of their choice at the start of the week, the students followed the entire process from start to finish.  From discussing the process with our factory manager to manufacturing with the factory team, the students had the opportunity to see the key stages of the joinery operation whilst gaining their first glimpse into the working world!

 Thorpes Joinery - Market Harborough - Work Experience - Q&A

When chatting to the students about why they chose construction for their work experience, it was interesting to see their thoughts on their future in the industry. One student in particular had a strong interest in one of her school subjects, Design Technology, and decided to use her work experience to gain an insight into a company who possesses both design and manufacture elements. We were sure to place them with our design team as well as production to maximise the value gained out of the experience.

 Thorpes Joinery, Market Harborough, Work Expereince

Draughtsman Josiah has spent a large amount of time with the students in the office, sharing his knowledge of design and instructing them on how to best utilise the software to ensure synergy between design and the factory floor.

They all got on really well, quickly picking up the software basics of sketching and 3D features after a few demonstrations. They produced some impressive and accurate models of the items they’d made in the factory, taking the concepts from a paper sketch through to a model and a construction drawing. Towards the end, given some free reign, they got creative and used the tools to generate items ranging from a floating 3D logo to the basic outline of a 4x4
— Josiah, Thorpes Draughtsman

We hope the students enjoyed their time here at Thorpes and we wish them the best of luck with their futures in construction!

If you'd like to learn more about our work experience and job opportunities please feel free to contact us.

Behind The Scenes: Our Own Offices

Bringing all departments under one roof....

Our factory space has seen drastic improvements across the board and our new office space has also seen significant improvements. Since the move, we have combined departments that were previously over several sites under one roof, greatly increasing our efficiency and productivity.


The new bespoke, custom designed features of our offices include:

  • Open plan ceilings (not suspended) to add a modern and industrial feel to the office interior. The metal features of the open plan style with the suspended lights brings a light, positive, and motivating atmosphere to the space.
  • Acoustic fabric panels dividing desks and situated throughout the floor help with the acoustics, creating a more balanced environment whilst adding a stylish element. 
  • Extra desk space with the intention of expanding and growing departments; with several new members of staff already moving in to these spaces.
  • Modern tea points in both lower and upper office spaces to reflect the feel of our working environment and showcase our own production capabilities.

Although the design and layout of our offices has changed, many elements have remained the same. Since being located in a much larger office space, our factory manager hasn't changed from his previous notice board filing system, he has just gained some extra space to expand for new projects!

Your Space: the Stephen Lawrence Centre

Thorpesjoinery help reform "Your Space" Area

About the Trust

Thorpes are delighted to have been involved in the recent fit-out of "Your Space" at the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust (SLCT). The Trust works with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to inspire and enable them to succeed in the career of their choice; giving them an opportunity and the support to flourish in a society that treats them with fairness and respect. Your Space underwent a transformation, evolving the design of the co-working environment to help empower, inspire, and support it's users.

The Mission

The project was designed by global architecture firm Gensler and delivered by BW: Workplace Experts, but the wider project team consisted of 48-sub contractors and 34 suppliers, all of whom committed time and money to this cause, making it the largest pro-bono project of its type.

 Our team at Thorpes Joinery supplied and installed several bespoke joinery items for this fantastic project and we are thrilled to be able to aid the Trust in its vision to grow their work and secure Stephen's legacy.

Project Story

The main objective for project was to retain the same core values founded within the Trust and the bright interior is a manifestation of the emotional and physical healing process the trust represents. With such a large number of companies involved the fit out process involved fastidious planning and numerous meetings to ensure a smooth running project, and our team worked alongside many hardworking and creative individuals to help bring this concept into a reality.

We feel Your Space is an excellent next step to realising the Trust’s vision and mission, offering entrepreneurs an affordable space for their business to grow, while all proceeds are reinvested into the Trust to support our work of providing training and inspiration to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

As we celebrate 20 years of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and commemorate 25 years since Stephen’s death we are also looking forward to the future and how the legacy of the trust can be secured going forward.
— Sonia Watson (Chief Executive of SLCT)
This was a tremendously satisfying project to be involved in, it is a space that makes a difference
— Peter Flynn (Contracts Manager at BW)
Seeing the emotional reaction of the staff and alumni at the center to the reworked space, and knowing what a difference it will make, has been incredibly rewarding.
— Chris Crawford (Lead Project Designer, Gensler)

Behind The Scenes: Spray Shop

Part two of our "Behind the Scenes" series takes an in depth look at our brand new Spray Shop.  There have been improvements across the board following our move, but the difference between the two sites is most striking in our spray shop and finishes department.

 Thorpes Joinery Spray Shop Market Harborough vs Great Glen

Custom designed to increase both our capability in both size and quality, our self-contained spray shop consists of four spraying booths, one of which measures at 6x6 metres, and represents a significant increase in size when compared to our two smaller booths in Great Glen. The facility has its own dedicated extraction system with the size and space necessary to cater for a wide range of manufactured products. With two drying rooms and space for storage and packaging - our new spray shop has completely modernised our approach to this element of our business, with new methods and equipment to improve both our capacity and quality.

 Thorpes Joinery Spray Shop - Market Harborough vs Great Glen


With production at our new HQ in full swing, many bespoke products have been painted, lacquered, and finished with precision and style in these new booths and we are delighted with the end products so far.

 Thorpes Joinery Spray Shop - Market Harborough vs Great Glen