WORKERS at an Elland firm are glad to see the back of the summer.

For autumn has brought a clutch of orders for interior fit-out specialist Andy Thornton Ltd.

Marketing manager Jerry Hodkinson said: “The company is upbeat after securing a number of projects for its contracts division in the last month.

“Following a quiet summer this is welcome news for the company – and with an order book now approaching £1m for this division alone, it means the joinery workshop will be operating at full capacity for a number of months.”

Andy Thornton has a worldwide reputation for supplying unusual furniture and fitting out interiors for the international hospitality market.

The crop of new orders includes a £35,000 contract to help restore the Sheffield Tap Bar on platform 1B at Sheffield railway station.

The work involves removing an existing solid oak panelled back bar base unit dating from about 1904 and restoring it at the firm’s Elland workshops.

Craftsmen will repair existing panels, replace missing panels and manufacture a new bar counter and back bar base unit before refitting the unit on site.

Andy Thornton is also supplying and installing an antique fireplace and over mantel mirror selected by the client from the firm’s stock of architectural antiques. The company is also supplying and installing full-height antique panelling for all the walls and bench seating to create a traditional “snug”.

Among other contracts, Andy Thornton has landed a £220,000 deal to provide a bar, interior fittings and furniture for a restaurant and nightclub in Stockholm, Sweden.

It also has a £75,000 contract to supply a bar and furniture for a new building near Stavanger, Norway, for ex-footballer Alfe Inge Haaland.

The firm has secured the second phase of a project to manufacture and fit-out a private residence in Majorca – taking the total contract value to £240,000.

And it will supply fittings and furniture for a hotel in Norway under a £64,000 deal – with the potential for more work.

Current projects in the workshop including £75,000 of joinery work for the new mayor’s parlour and council chamber at Llanelli, South Wales, the manufacture of a large stained glass dome and decorative metal gazebo for the Savoy Hotel in London and the completion of a panelled room for the grade II listed Stancliffe Hall at Darley Dale, Derbyshire.

Mr Hodkinson said the company expected to confirm further contracts in coming weeks, adding: “We have a number of interesting enquiries that look promising.

“It means that the company is very positive about future prospects.”