simonSpinksHarrison Spinks md Simon Spinks says the beds, springs and upholstery group is committing £5.5m to capital projects over the next 12 months.

Mr Spinks told The Furnishing Report that a deal to acquire the former Leeds City College site on Westland Road—where its own factory is based—was just the tip of the iceberg.

Harrison Spinks spent £1.61m on the 58,500sqft college site but its total investment would reach £2m by the time it had completed refurbishment work.

The company, which is behind the Harrison, Somnus and Spink & Edgar brands, will use the newly acquired site for its fabric weaving operation, as well as its upholstery business and development division.

The group has also just received planning permission to build an extension on its existing site. Harrison Spinks is committing £500,000 to that project, which will result in the group doubling its warehousing capacity.

“We’ve been growing manufacturing space and output in recent years, but not warehousing, said Mr Spinks. “The extension will give us more loading docks and double the amount of warehouse space.”

The group is also investing £3m on new plant and machinery over the next year.

“We are spending money on new spring making machinery, which will increase the volume of springs we produce but also allow us to develop more advanced spring technology.”

He added that the remainder of the funds were committed to investment in expanding its non-wovens plant which makes its natural fillings, and machinery that would result in it quadrupling output capacity at its 300-acre farm.

The group will use its own cash to fund the investment, with Mr Spinks saying the group has been “saving up” and wanted to lock in its long term future at its present sites. Its total footprint across Leeds’ Westland Road now totals around 320,000sqft.

Its diversification into sofas through Spink & Edgar Upholstery has been one of its latest developments, with Mr Spinks saying the division was building capacity carefully.

Former Duresta design director Tony Pett has worked with the group on a consultancy basis, while Mr Spinks said the business was “re-establishing a skills base in the area” for producing sofas.

“It is high-end furniture designed to pass on to your kids,” he said, adding that the upholstery and beds divisions were feeding off each other.

“Some of the development in upholstery looks like it might lead to an interesting new mattress innovation,” he added.