Mansfield furniture firm enjoys record-breaking start to 2021

A Mansfield-based furniture and fitout specialist has been awarded £9.4 million worth of new orders in the last three months – a record quarter for order intake.

By Shelley Marriott
Monday, 12th April 2021, 3:50 pm

The new orders are in every sector Deanestor operates in – build-to-rent, student accommodation, healthcare, and education – and across Britain from Glasgow to Swansea and Brighton.

Around half of the projects are for repeat clients following the firm’s success on previous schemes.

William Tonkinson, managing director, said: “We saw a clear slowdown in orders from spring 2020 as our contractor clients had to find new ways of working in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Deanestor managing director William Tonkinson.

"Projects are now up and running again which has resulted in a surge in new orders.

“The construction sector has definitely been more buoyant from the start of this year and confidence is returning in all the markets we work in. Enquiries remain at a healthy level and we have a record quote book which is another very positive economic indicator.”

Deanestor has been awarded a £2m contract to manufacture bedroom furniture and fitted kitchens for Crown Student Living’s latest scheme – a £35m, 500-bed waterside student housing development in Swansea under construction by Midas.

It will also supply and fit loose and fixed furniture at Boclair Academy – a new £40m secondary school under construction by Wates Construction and McLaughlin & Harvey for East Dunbartonshire Council – in a £1.5m contract.

In the build-to-rent sector, Deanestor – based on Crown Farm Business Park – has won a contract worth more than £1m for Bowmer and Kirkland to manufacture and install bespoke contemporary kitchens for a new £64m build-to-rent development in Milton Keynes.