AN Elland firm has hit the competition for six by landing export deals worth more than £1million.
Andy Thornton’s, on The Ainleys Industrial Estate, has won a contract to design and fit out the public areas of the new Mumbai Cricket Academy in India.
It will also design and fit out five themed bars near Ciutadella, on the Mediterranean island of Menorca.
Andy Thornton landed the cricket contract after a major Indian construction company visited the firm’s website.
Impressed by what they saw, building company bosses sought out the company to undertake the project.
Andy Thornton will design and fit-out the cricket academy’s bar area and coffee shop as well as a larger banqueting hall, two restaurants and a spectacular hexagonal lounge and reception area.
The company will provide all furniture, lighting, floor coverings, curtains and soft furnishings, as well as elaborate architectural antique pieces from its products division, based in West Vale.
The finishing touches will be provided by stunning feature ceilings – including a six-metre high carved wooden piece created by Thornton’s joinery team – and two stained glass ceiling domes in the banqueting hall.
For the bar area, Andy Thornton will create traditional, opulent Victorian decor – with an impressive dark mahogany bar, panelled counter and mirrored back bar. The central mirror will be etched with a scene of an Indian cricket match.
Furniture and booth seating will be in keeping with the Victorian image and will be complemented by cricket artwork and memorabilia from Andy Thornton’s vast stock of items.
The company has begun work at Elland and is due to move onto the site in Mumbai in January. The project is due to be completed in April, 2008.
The Menorca project consists of five individually-themed bars in a holiday resort near Ciutadella.
Andy Thornton has designed the interior and exterior of each bar including furniture, lighting and artwork.
The firm’s joiners will be on site before Christmas – with the opening of the complex set for next summer.
Peter Siddall, managing director of Andy Thornton, said: “It’s fantastic to be associated with such prestigious international projects and with the cricket world cup scheduled to be held in India in 2010 we hope to be involved with other projects in that country.”