Harrison Spinks, the company behind the Harrison, Somnus, Hybed and Spink & Edgar brands, has opened the doors to its new £2.5m Innovation Centre at its headquarters and manufacturing site in Leeds.
The Innovation Centre houses the company’s development team, management, sales and marketing teams, plus a state-of-the-art showroom for its Somnus and Hybed ranges.
The development took two years to complete, and aims to create a focal point in the company’s sprawling site in Leeds, connecting the factory, warehouse, testing facilities and offices, and providing communal spaces for employees.
The finishes and colour palette were chosen carefully to reflect the Harrison Spinks brand and its commitment to sustainability. The story of the company and the Spinks family is displayed in a multimedia timeline in the reception – and a nod to the company’s vertical integration is also apparent, with one wall featuring an image of Hornington Manor, Harrison Spinks’ Yorkshire farmhouse.
The seats in the reception all contain springs from the factory just yards away.
Simon Spinks, MD of Harrison Spinks, says: “Innovation is at the heart of our business, so allowing our development and innovation teams to be under the same roof as the marketing and operations side of the business means we can work collaboratively more easily.
“The development of the Innovation Centre took place after hours of consultation with our staff on how we could improve our working environment.
“The staff feedback about the new offices and communal spaces has been really positive and the whole team has been behind the change. We don’t just want to reinvent the bed, we want to reinvent the bed factory and much, much more!”
Shona Taylor, designer at Blue Sky Design, the company behind the renovation, says: “To create the Innovation Centre, the building has gone through a massive transformation. We’ve created a space that will help bring the Harrison Spinks team together to work more closely with each other, and that really reflects the company’s brand story.
“We’ve kept some elements of the previous building, such as exposed ceilings, to stay true to the building’s origins, and the showroom was designed to be a blank canvas where the products can really speak for themselves.”