Norscot Joinery Ltd Celebrates 40 Decades Years of Excellence and Innovation in the Highlands

Norscot Joinery Ltd, a leading manufacturer of timber frame kit homes, windows, and doors, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this July. To celebrate, it has been sharing decade highlights across its social media channels. 

Established in 1984 as general builders, Norscot has become a key player in the Highland construction industry, particularly in Inverness, where it has maintained a significant presence for nearly three decades. Initially established as Fairmitre (Highland) Ltd, the company specialised in bespoke timber windows and doors before rebranding as Norscot Joinery Ltd in 1987 and relocating to the historic Bower Workshops, formerly a War Radio Station.

Original Caithness Cottage

Throughout its history, Norscot has continually expanded its product range and manufacturing capabilities. Significant milestones include:

  • 1988: Commenced manufacturing PVCu windows and doors
  • 1990: Launched the original Caithness Cottage timber frame house
  • 1991: Introduced a comprehensive range of timber frame kit house designs
  • 1992: Opened its first showroom in Inverness
  • 1996: Achieved ISO 9000 Accreditation
  • 2000s: Doubled the size of its new Inverness premises and won “Best in Scotland for Customer Service”
  • 2010s: Secured major contracts including the Natural Retreats development in John ‘O’ Groats
  • 2020-2024: Attained Gold membership with the Structural Timber Association, launched the WellBe Home Project, and entered new markets
Peter Body & Tom Wang

Recent developments include the acquisition by 1st FSD Group, ensuring continued growth and contribution to the local economy. CEO of 1st FSD Group, Tom Wang, stated, “We see plenty of opportunities for future growth and are confident that the current management team will be able to implement our plans for the future.” The company is also enhancing its processes by adopting a new Customer Relationship Management system. 

Iain Polworth, Inverness Branch Manager

Norscot’s strong presence in Inverness, supported by a purpose-built showroom, sales office, and storage facility on the Carse Industrial Estate, has been pivotal to its success. Newly promoted Branch Manager Iain Polworth remarked, “Our longevity in Inverness has been instrumental in our growth. It has allowed us to better serve our customers across the Highlands and build lasting relationships within the community.”

Hudswell Development

The company has adeptly adapted to market demands and embraced new technologies. Recently, it introduced the ‘WellBe’ concept, offering smart, future-proofed homes that are easy to maintain, accessible, and energy-efficient. In 2024, the company supplied three of these kit homes to a development in Hudswell, North Yorkshire. 

Norscot’s commitment to quality and innovation has been fundamental to its success, with a wide range of products including uPVC, timber, and aluminium-clad timber windows and doors, as well as eco-friendly timber frame kit homes. 

Its success is also evidenced by numerous accolades, including national awards for customer satisfaction. Its products are renowned for their energy efficiency, high performance, and durability. 

Jason Fraser, General Manager

Reflecting on the company’s journey, General Manager Jason Fraser stated, “Our success over the past 40 years is a testament to our dedicated team and loyal customers. We’ve consistently innovated and adapted to meet changing market demands while maintaining our commitment to quality and customer service.”

Over the last four decades, Norscot has actively supported the local community through various initiatives, including sponsorship boards and donations to local schools and projects. Committed to giving back, Norscot selects a Highland-based Charity of the Year and engages in fundraising and awareness events. It also prides itself on offering jobs for a lifetime to local people. 

Recently, the company partnered with Maggie’s Centre for a year-long charity initiative. General Manager Jason Fraser said, “Our partnership with Maggie’s is one way we’re giving back and reaffirming our commitment to the region that has been so integral to our success.”  The Company has also supported local mental health charity, Mikeysline.  

Norscot’s experienced management team, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Bower, Caithness, and showroom in Inverness, position the company to continue its legacy of excellence in timber frame kit homes, windows, and doors. As Norscot looks to the future, it remains dedicated to innovation, sustainability, and community support. The company would like to thank its partners and customers, emphasising its commitment to its Highland roots and future opportunities in the area.