A leading joinery manufacturer has stepped in to help a stone importer with new purpose-built offices.

Digby Stone was keen to move from its rented accommodation in Halesowen in the West Midlands and initially looked at a portable building as a solution but soon decided something more permanent would be more suitable.

Having previously worked with Scotts of Thrapston at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Digby Stone approached the Northamptonshire-based timber buildings manufacturer about constructing a new building on its current four acre site.

Experts at Scotts were able to design a building exactly to Digby’s specifications as Philip Goldstone, business development manager at Scotts of Thrapston, explains: “We have a good relationship with Digby Stone as they provide stone for our stand at Chelsea Flower Show. They were, therefore, fully aware of our credentials and ability to provide bespoke timber buildings for various different purposes from cricket pavilions and education buildings to stables and summerhouses.

“They wanted to move into new accommodation, avoiding rental costs and they wanted to give their staff a comfortable and pleasant environment to work in.

“We designed a single storey building with an open plan office, two individual offices, a meeting room, toilets, kitchen, circulation space, lobby and an adjacent garage for storage.”

The finished building is twenty five metres long by six-and-a-half metres deep.

Claire Digby, managing director at Digby Stone, commented: “Our new building is completely fit for purpose ? something an ‘off-the-shelf’ portable building would not have been able to achieve and what’s more it cost much less than a brick-built building would have.

“The beauty of the structure is that there is a very strong emphasis on it being eco-friendly, and things like the air quality, sense of space, ventilation and insulation have all been carefully considered. The building is perfect for its location, perspective and how it will be used.

“The team is delighted to be in such comfortable surroundings and we are really pleased with the end result”

Mr Goldstone said the firm’s involvement in the Digby Stone project proved Scotts’ flexibility.

He said: “This is the first commercial building of this type that we have taken on. It proves that our buildings can be used for a wide variety of different purposes as they can be designed completely individually.

“Bespoke offices and the commercial sector is an area that we want to expand alongside our interests in education, summerhouses, pavilions and equestrian buildings, so we were delighted to be able to work alongside Digby Stone on this project.”