20 Years of Performance Through Design

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As DorSuite celebrates 20 years in business this month, we thought we’d share highlights of our journey so far.

Scotdor was established in August 1999 by Michael Brown as architectural ironmongers, working with architects and contractors throughout Scotland to specify and supply quality door hardware. The widely-acclaimed Distinct range of door hardware quickly followed, along with comprehensive catalogues that became essential guidance documents for many architects looking to specify attractive, and durable, door hardware products.

Some impressive business wins put the company on the map in those early years; projects of note included the World Headquarters for the Royal Bank of Scotland, which was designed by Michael Laird Architects, winning numerous architectural awards. This was probably the largest ever door hardware order placed in Scotland at that point.

By 2009 we had expanded our offering to include timber doorsets, as well as our steel door range. We were also earning a reputation for delivering across multiple sectors, winning high-profile projects at Edinburgh Airport, as well as our first million-pound-plus hospital contract at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in 2010.

In 2012 Scotdor led the acquisition of Hall and Tawse Joinery in Aberdeen, enabling us to manufacture our own timber doors for the first time. HTJL was originally established in the late 1800s and had a Royal Warrant for works carried out on Royal Properties. A multi-million-pound investment was made into machinery and systems to make the Aberdeen facility one of the largest specialist doorset production facilities in the UK.

Over the next few years we continued to build and grow, winning more high-profile projects not only in Scotland, but across the UK. In 2016 the company rebranded to DorSuite, in recognition of our journey from regional ironmongery supplier to leading doorset manufacturer. By this time, we could also boast to having contributed to several iconic buildings that grace the UK skyline including The Shard, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs building in Westminster, and many others.

In the same year, DorSuite was chosen to supply two major hospital projects – the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, and Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary – in a combined deal worth around £6m. Together these complex projects required well over 5,000 doorsets; our success in delivering on budget, and within agreed timescales, demonstrated not only the superb quality of our work, but our huge production capacity and ability to service multiple large-scale projects concurrently.

Last year we opened our new R&D facility in East Kilbride, which subsequently led to patents being filed for innovative new door elements. Now, as we reflect on our 20th anniversary, we are focused on the future to see how we can continue to make a difference. With a huge production capacity of almost 42,000 doorsets per year, several new innovations under development, and further expansion to our service offering planned, the next 20 years look very exciting!

If you would like to hear more about DorSuite Innovation or are interested in working with us, get in touch.

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