Aztec directors invest £500,000 in fire door venture

Directors of Liverpool commercial fit-out specialist Aztec Interiors invest £500,000 in new fire door manufacturing venture. Tony McDonough reports

Iain Peacock, left, and John Doyle of Firedoors and Frames


Directors of Aztec Interiors are launching a new fire door manufacturing business with a £500,000 investment.

Based in Liverpool, Aztec is a  commercial fit-out specialist. Founded in 1988 by Neal Maxwell, Aztec became a leading player in the North West fit-out market.

Neal sold the business to its management team in May 2021. He left to set up Changing Streams, a not-for-profit environmental venture. In June last year LBN reported Aztec had increased annual revenues by 20% to £7m.

This latest offshoot, Firedoors and Frames, specialises in the conversion of fire doors and also supplies fire door brands Vicaima and Falcon, to main contractors and joinery contractors across the North West.

It will be led by Iain Peacock and John Doyle who have converted a 4,000 sq ft industrial until in Bootle into a joiners’ shop and offices.

Iain said: “In recent years, there has been a sea change in the approach to fire strategy. We saw an opportunity to create a company at the forefront of passive fire protection.

“The barrier to entry to this field of work is necessarily very high, yet the need for certified fire doors conversion is so great. We are proud to have achieved the requirements not only needed to supply fire door sets but to also make bespoke alterations.

“The business is very much in its infancy but we have aspirations to grow rapidly as we have taken our time to put into place the right infrastructure, recruiting the right people and developing the best processes, from which we can build.”

John Doyle added: “This area of work will only continue to grow as legislation around fire strategy is further implemented and policed.

“I am proud to be part of this company and be a part of the push for higher fire safety standards. We are grateful for the backing of our supply chain and the trust afforded us by our client base.”

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