David Salisbury’s journey to manufacturing conservatories was anything but conventional.
Having gained a Physics degree at Oxford University, he then studied for three more years for a PhD in Theoretical Physics at Sussex. It was actually an interest in psychology that started David on his path to specialising in wood.
He was working as a social worker in a residential hostel in West London, where he set up a small carpentry workshop as a form of occupational therapy for patients with serious mental illness. This evolved into producing bookshelves, cupboards, tables, and individual pieces of furniture to order. He then gravitated towards joinery, taking on commissions such as stable doors, staircases and replacement windows. A conservatory commission was the first major step on the road to bigger success, giving him an opportunity to combine his mathematics and physics background with practical skills.
David Salisbury recently celebrated its 30th year in business. What started as a one-man joinery in an outhouse is today a multi-million pound, market leading, British manufacturing success story, which employs over 150 people at a state-of-the-art 40,000 sq/ft factory in Somerset.
David has always been driven by his interest. He is obsessed with perfection and passionate about retaining the crafted quality of his products, even when the components are machine made.
Much of the firm’s success lies in the commitment to innovate by marrying traditional craftsmanship with modern technology, making the company unique in the way it designs and builds orangeries, conservatories and garden rooms for its clients. David Salisbury is also unique in that the individual components of the bespoke designs – however complicated – are pre-cut at the factory directly from computer generated information and delivered to site for assembly first time.
A David Salisbury bespoke orangery, conservatory or garden room is a product of exceptional beauty and remarkable quality. The company’s unrivalled technical innovation is matched only by a commitment to excellence in customer service with clients enjoying the finest timber products in the UK. Only timber is used and every frame arrives fully finished, painted and wrapped. Fittings are all hidden and each piece is designed to slot perfectly together. Aluminium guttering and rooftops and easy-clean glass finish the build perfectly and have the bonus of making them relatively maintenance free.
‘For many people, the real joy of an orangery or conservatory is the link it provides from the home to the garden,’ says the company. Thanks to advances in glass technology, the temperature in orangeries and conservatories can be regulated, providing an all-season room.
Solar control glass minimises the amount of warmth from the sun that can penetrate, keeping the room cool in summer and retaining heat during the winter for maximum comfort.
A network of regionally based design consultants, surveyors and project managers mean that each customer has a local team who will see the build through to completion. For further understanding of the process, many customers visit the factory in Somerset for a tour of its state-of-the-art facilities. The primary source of inspiration for a David Salisbury extension is always the client’s home itself. Its architecture provides the cues: its period features and other subtle design details can all be incorporated into the design.
David Salisbury takes the headache away from obtaining planning permission with an in-house planning specialist who can take care of this on the customer’s behalf. Every one of David Salisbury’s conservatories and orangeries is unique, because each one is designed to blend with the building it enhances, bringing continuity and authenticity to the home.
David Salisbury Bennett Road, Highbridge, Somerset TA9 4PW