18th February 2019 ben_r

Merino expands timber door investment with two acquisitions

Merino private equity acquired Kensington Specialist Joinery in February, followed quickly by the acquisition of some of the assets of Longden Doors by Kensington. The investment will sit as part of the UK Performance Doorsets investment.

Established in October 2017, Kensington Specialist Joinery, based in Co Durham, has grown rapidly with sustained development down to the success of its high quality bespoke products and fit-out work – mostly using hardwood products.  The company has worked hard to secure work on high-profile projects across a wide range of sectors from residential to hotel and leisure projects.

In February, Longden Doors Ltd fell into administration. Kensington Specialist Joinery purchased the brand, IP and product certification, ensuring the highly regarded brand will continue to be manufactured at the company’s facility in County Durham. The business now trades under both brands.

Colin Sweeten, Managing Director, commenting on the Longden acquisition “This is an exciting opportunity and as a company with a strong financial and customer base, we are confident we can make it a great success. We welcome the Longden Doors brand to the group and look forward to developing its range of hardwood joinery products based on its well established brand values of quality, design and certification.”