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History

Norscot has been in business since 1984. This page records some of our milestones.

1984

Started trading as general builders under Highland Homes Ltd from home in Scarfskerry.

1984

Formed Fairmitre (Highland) Ltd and started manufacturing timber windows and doors from a shed in Scarfskerry.

1985

Changed name to Norscot Joinery Ltd.

1987

Moved workshop from Scarfskerry to Bower radio station and re-named Bower Workshops.

1989

Completed Phase 1 re-development of Bower Workshops, adding a further 4,500 sq.ft. of factory floor space.

1988

Started manufacturing PVCu windows & doors at Bower Workshops.

1990

Introduced the original ‘Caithness Cottage’ and started manufacturing timber frame kits.

1990

Started manufacturing sliding mirror doors and internal door sets.

1991

Introduced full range of timber frame house designs under ‘Highland Cottage’, ‘Town House’ & ‘Architectural’ banners.

1992

Opened showroom in Canal Road, Inverness.

1992

Callum Grant joined the Board as Commercial Director.

1992

Acquired 2 acres of land adjoining Bower Workshops for future expansion.

1993

Purchased first lorry to deliver own goods and provide a transport service for others.

1993

Started manufacturing the ‘Steelwood’ composite door.

1994

Completed Phase 2 re-development of Bower Workshops, adding a further 13,500 sq.ft. of factory floor space.

1994

Started manufacturing window blinds.

1995

Moved Inverness showroom to purpose built premises on Carse Industrial Estate.

1996

Secured ISO 9000 QA accreditation.

1998

Secured Investor in People accreditation.

1998

Started manufacturing the ‘Alarbond’ timber clad aluminium window system.

2000

Jason Fraser joined the Board as Technical Director.

2004

Doubled size of Inverness premises to form new offices, showroom and store.

2007

Voted ‘Best in Scotland for Customer Service’ by Network VEKA.

2009

Introduced revised and expanded range of timber frame houses to offer a total of 64 standard designs.

2009

Norscot celebrated its 25th anniversary

2010

Started manufacturing Design-5 aluminium clad timber composite window, under licence

2010

Awarded Highland Council contract to replace the windows and external doors in Castletown Primary School

2011

Undertook strategic business review and modified brand image

2012

Acquired design rights to A M Profiles Ltd’s window and door range and launched sister company, AluWood Windows Ltd, to promote throughout the UK

2013

Awarded contracts to build 23 self-catering lodges and supply structural timber frame for hotel extension at Natural Retreats development in John O’Groats

2013

Awarded Highland Council contract to replace the windows and external doors in both Rosebank & Kingussie Primary Schools

2013

Subsidiary Cottage Kit Homes Ltd formed to promote an enlarged range of our highly successful cottage kits throughout the UK

2014

Norscot celebrated its 30th anniversary

2014

Installed log burning boiler in our Bower headquarters, heating both factory and offices, to improve energy efficiency within the company

2015

Voted Best in Scotland for customer service by Network VEKA

2015

Awarded Highland Council Contract to replace the windows and external doors at Brora Primary School

2016

Awarded Highland Council Contract to replace the windows and external doors in Ross House, Dornoch for North Highland College part of the University of the Highlands & Islands

2016

Joined Offsite Solutions Scotland a collaborative partnership of leading timber frame manufacturers including CCG Glasgow, Stewart Milne and Scotframe to help grow the industry both in Scotland and the rest of the UK

2017

Installed a new Salvador SuperAngle 600 Angular Cutting Optimizing Saw in our timber frame workshop at the Bower factory in order to increase productivity

2017

Callum Grant appointed Managing Director with former MD Peter Body taking up a part-time role as Chairman

2018

Norscot, in partnership with the University of Strathclyde, awarded 'Innovation of the Year' at the Knowledge Exchange Awards 2018.

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