Sept. 2015 - The
Co-operative is the UK's fifth largest food
retailer with around 2800 convenience and
medium-sized stores across the country.
Harvey Fit-out Contractors have a
long-established relationship with the
Co-operative, fitting out stores for them
throughout England, Wales and Scotland for
The Co-operative is distinguished by being a
mutual business with a strong ethical policy
and a central commitment to corporate social
responsibility in all its activities.
As a key service provider to the Co-op,
Harvey have been happy to contribute to
their policy of offering something back to
the local communities in which we work on
Most recently this involved our staff painting
and renovating four storage sheds at the Mount
Pleasant school in Thurso, Scotland, close to
a recently completed Co-op store. The picture above
shows Harvey Contracts Manager David Wilson (right)
with the local Co-op store manager Derek Sinclair,
and a teacher and pupils from the school.
June 2015 - Harvey
Fit-Out Contractors has formed a partnership
with international paint manufacturer Dulux,
owned by the AkzoNobel Group. The two
companies aim to drive consistent high
quality standards in finish and
sustainability across the fit-out sector.
Stuart Jenkins, Director, Harvey explains:
"By using high quality Dulux paint we can
deliver the very best results and achieve a
premium finish, first time, every time. The
excellent opacity, spreading rates and
durability of the Dulux paint range reduces
overall material and labour costs. That
benefits the environment and creates
efficiency savings that are passed on to our
Annually, Harvey use tens of thousands of
litres of paint in its fit-out and
refurbishment services. Through the
partnership it aims to maximise paint
efficiency by increasing, year on year, the
percentage share of Dulux paint that it
Stuart Jenkins said: "At Harvey we always
make responsible choices and strive to do
things in an enlightened way, not just in
how we operate, but the products we use and
the suppliers we operate with. Working
together with the support that Dulux offers
we can really push forward the environmental
standards on our projects, supply chain and
across the sector."
March 2015 -
Our operations in Scotland have seen a good deal of
activity recently, with particularly strong
demand in the retail food
and entertainment sectors. In response our Glasgow
Office continues to appoint new staff and
have recently taken delivery of a fleet of
11 new vans.
Building for the future
Feb. 2014 - The redevelopment and extension of our
Bristol headquarters is now complete. The
works have yielded a 50% increase in the
capacity of our office footprint, gaining essential space to
accommodate our ever-increasing staff
numbers, as well as providing a new
reception area and spacious meeting room
The new extension and
refurbished offices at our Bristol
headquarters. (Click on images to enlarge)
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Above: Charlie Sheppard at the Skillbuild contest.
Harvey apprentice in Skillbuild contest
Charlie Sheppard, one of our bench joinery
apprentices, was recently invited to take part
in the regional heats of SkillBuild 2017.
The SkillBuild competition is organised by CITB
and has been running for more than 45 years. It
sees the very best in construction talent
compete against each other to be crowned the
SkillBuild winner in their chosen craft
SkillBuild consists of a number of regional
heats and a National Final for ten craft
Dry walling systems
Painting and decorating
Regional SkillBuild heats are held over one day
at various colleges throughout the UK from April
to June each year.
When the heats have been completed, the highest
scoring competitors (which may not necessarily
be the heat winners) then have the opportunity
to progress through to the SkillBuild National
The National Final is a three-day competition
and currently held as part of the Skills Show at
the NEC Birmingham.
Finalists at the SkillBuild National Final may
also have the opportunity to go on to represent
the United Kingdom in international skills
competitions such as New Window EuroSkills and
New Window WorldSkills.
Charlie, who has successfully completed two
years of his training, now starting his third
and final year, was entered in the Senior level
Joinery Regional heat at South Devon College.
There were four entrants in the Senior class,
one of whom had competed and won two years
running in Regional and National Comps!
Unfortunately, Charlie missed out on the medals.
But to get an invite to the SkillBuild arena is
credit in itself to people’s talents
Well done Charlie. Maybe we'll have another go
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Above: Opening day for refurbished Co-op store, Talgarth.
Co-op store refurbishment | Talgarth, Wales
We have been delighted to be involved in the
refurbishment and refit of a Co-op store in the
town square in Talgarth, mid-Wales.
Located in the heart of the market town the new
store also embodies a clear statement of the
Co-op’s focus upon both serving and engaging
with the communities that host their stores. In
keeping with the Co-op’s renewed commitment to
giving back to the community, proceeds from
their membership swipe card scheme will see 1%
of the value of own-brand goods sales channelled
to funding local organisations. Beneficiaries of
the Talgarth scheme will be the Friends of
Talgarth School, Friends of Bronllys Hospital
and the local Cadet Force.
Erin O’Mahony, Area Manager for the Co-op, said
that their wish was “to establish the store as a
local hub, a real asset for the community”,
explaining that this commitment was also
expressed by the store’s community support
After a local campaign and consultation the
Co-op also retained a dedicated Post Office
service counter within the store.
The £500,000 refurbishment project culminated
in an opening ceremony on 31st March that proved
to be quite an event in the town. The
accompanying photos show staff and pupils from
the Talgarth school, joined by Town Mayor Jacqui
Wilding and Talgarth County Councillor William
Powell along with members of the Co-op Staff,
Management and Training Team.
During the ceremony our own Brian Cargill
presented a cheque for £250 on behalf of Harvey
Fit-out Contractors to the Friends of Talgarth
School. The school were most grateful to receive
this additional and unexpected donation.
Harvey Fit-out Contractors continue to work
closely with the Co-op in the national roll-out
of their new blue and white ‘clover leaf’ brand
identity to its stores throughout the UK.
Featured photos courtesy of Ann Dierikx
Above: Our clients during 2016
2016 Year-end Project Round-up
With 2016 drawing towards its close we are
pleased to be able to look back across another
year of steady performance, and fulfilment and
delivery to the highest standards for our
clients, both the new and the well established.
As always with Harvey Fit-out Contractors
commitment to achieving quality and absolute
client satisfaction is the primary driver of our
business philosophy, and the principal basis
upon which we assess our performance.
We also measure our success by
the expansion of our workforce and 2016 has
seen this continuing to grow with new
appointments made in the roles of Contracts
Managers, Site Foremen, as well as general site
labour within the larger supply chain.
We continue to build on our extensive experience
in the food retail sector.
We've been delighted to be able to develop our
relationship with Tesco
, fitting out both Extra
and Express stores across the country.
Meanwhile, the Co-op
's national rebrand has seen
us working around the UK creating new stores as
well as refitting existing ones to reflect the
company's new blue and white livery scheme,
together with the installation of Post Office
combi counters in 24 stores.
New store branding is being rolled out by the Co-op.
We have now completed some 36 new retail stores for
within this period, as well store fit-outs for
, offices for insurer Swinton
new outlets for HSS Hire
We have also been kept busy fitting out some 30 new
stores on behalf of established client Pets at Home
We have produced some 22 premises for the Co-op
funeral care service.
This year we've developed our relationship with
Santander, working at ten branch locations to
perform a series of media installations.
Always one of our most prolific sectors the pub and
hospitality trade has proved buoyant throughout
2016, seeing us complete an array of projects for
Mitchells & Butlers, as well as developing premises
for Enterprise Inns, Punch and Hawthorn Leisure.
We've also enjoyed working with fast-growing
independent artisan brewers Brewhouse & Kitchen,
creating new premises with distinctive and
atmospheric interior styling cues at four locations.
Striking interior decor in Brewhouse
Cafes & restaurants
We've been excited to begin working with Costa
Coffee, installing seven new coffee shops for them
in a variety of locations.
Costa coffee shop interior, Ashford, Kent.
We have a long-standing relationship with Nando's
and this year has seen us fitting out several
restaurants with their consistently-themed, yet always varied, interior
Nando's restaurant interior.
2016 has seen us install or refit 35 McDonald's
As with the pub sector we've also enjoyed working
with some interesting artisan businesses such as
Notes coffee, who operate specialist coffee
shops/restaurants in several prestige London
locations, as well as gelato bar Swoon, recently
established in the west country and serving the
new-found enthusiasm for gourmet ice cream.
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Above: Refurbished and re-open - The Constitution in London's Pimlico district.
Punch Taverns | The Constitution | Pimlico, London
Although not visibly branded on their premises
Punch Taverns are one of the
country's largest pub operators, with a range of
managed and tenanted properties throughout the
Harvey have been working with Punch since early
2016, however this project was the first for the
The Constitution in Pimlico was a long-standing
community pub for the area's residents.
Throughout the refurbishment former regulars
would stop and ask the on-site team many
questions about what we were doing and when it
would reopen. The pub is one of only a handful
in the area which isn’t primarily food-led and
represents a typical 'London boozer'. It was
clearly regarded as an important asset to the
In fact The Constitution has been an inn since
its original construction in 1842 and was
integral to the ornate Italianate white
stucco-fronted terrace of fine residential
properties in which it stands, all built around
this period. Situated adjacent to the exclusive Belgravia district this part of Pimlico shares
the grand architectural style typical of this
area of London.
However, The Constitution premises had become
run down and earlier in the year had been
formally closed by the local authority due to an
extensive infestation of mice, together with
concerns about inadequate fire protection and
escapes for its upper floors.
Whilst addressing these fundamental problems the
pub was also subject to a new interior scheme
created by designers Concept and implemented by
Harvey. The project featured all the usual
design elements including a new back bar, with
the only complex item being the installation of
a concertina fire curtain to enable a fire
escape route within the trade area. This was a
ceiling-fixed metal box which recessed slighting
into the ceilings and walls.
Punch Taverns' stated aim is to make each of its
core pubs "the best of its type in its
marketplace". And, true to that ambition, The
Constitution is now a fresh, smart new premises
that resumes its place alongside a host of new
shops and cafes that share the same street and
are making this one of Pimlico's vibrant up and
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Above: New Co-operative store, St. Michael's Avenue, Yeovil, Somerset.
The Co-operative's new branding | Yeovil, Somerset
Harvey Fit-Out Contractors have worked closely
with the Co-operative Group for over twelve
years, fitting-out its retail food stores across
the UK, including many contracts throughout
Scotland managed from our Glasgow office. We
handle two distinct work streams for the Co-op,
divided between refurbishment of existing stores
and new-build store fit-outs. In both capacities we've been engaged in a major national rebranding of the Co-op's food stores, part of a
major programme of investment in the Group's frontline
retail operations. Most recently this included the
creation of a brand new local store in Yeovil,
Somerset, opened this month, shown alongside.
Roll-out of the new brand styling for the stores was begun in
May 2016, following the Co-operative Group's
adoption of a new logo and colour scheme to
replace the previous green livery and 'The
co-operative' naming that had been the style for
the food stores since 2005. In fact, this 'new'
visual identity - the blue and white colour
scheme, and logo with its cloverleaf shape -
reinstates a style that was first used back in
The new look stores represent a renewed focus
upon the founding principles of the organisation
in a move described by the Group as 'a return to
our roots'. Its purpose is to reassert the core
values of the co-operative movement – an
organisation serving the interests of its
members, rewarding their loyalty with dividends,
and prioritising community above profit. These
are values seen to resonate with those of a new,
younger generation of customers and members, and
are evident in the new store naming policy that
emphasises its relationship with the community
which it serves.
New stores, such as the one in Yeovil, are
central to the Group's strategy of developing
its smaller, local, community-based convenience
store network. This aligns with a notable shift
in UK consumer habits, with many shoppers now
seen to be turning away from giant hypermarkets
and preferring to shop locally, a little and
The Yeovil store was a completely new build on
the site of a former pub. Harvey took on the
empty shell to complete the store fit-out, which
included full design and build of mechanical and
electrical services, construction of all
internal walls with new flooring and suspended
ceilings, all in accordance with the Co-operative
design manual. The project was completed in just
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Above: New Costa Coffee premises, Ashford. Kent.
Costa Coffee | Ashford, Kent
Harvey Fit-Out Contractors are delighted to have
begun working with Costa Coffee, one of the
brightest success stories of the UK hospitality
sector and a prestigious addition to our roster
of blue chip clients.
Costa coffee has been one of Britain's fastest
growing businesses and now ranks as the UK's
largest coffee retailer, whilst running a close second
to Starbucks in the world, with overseas outlets
in 30 countries around the globe.
So far our association with Costa has seen us
create two new outlets for them, the first at
Southfields in Wimbledon and most recently a new
premises within the Ashford Retail Park at
Sevington in Kent, shown in the images
Both of these projects were new, complete empty
shell fit-outs requiring comprehensive attention
to floors, walls and ceilings, all utilities,
lighting and decorative features, and the manufacture and
installation of the store's counter area.
Since opening the new Costa outlets have proved
an immediate success with both staff and customers.
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Above: New HSS retail outlet, Blackwood, South Wales.
Nando's | Longwell Green, Bristol
Nando's requires little introduction. The
restaurant chain has been one of the UK's
fastest-growing and most popular eateries,
gaining a legion of fans for their signature
take on peri-peri seasoned fried chicken.
With their origins in South Africa, and inspired
by the spicy sauces developed by
Portuguese settlers to the continent, Nando's restaurants
are characterised by their varied and
distinctive interior design schemes that
strikingly evoke the styles and colours of
Harvey Fit-out Contractors have been associated
with Nando's for over twelve years, installing
some 54 restaurants for them across the UK to
date. We work in close cooperation with Nando's
interior design teams to realise their stylish
and inventive concepts. In particular we assist
with sourcing the materials – such as reclaimed
timbers and metals – that play an important
role in achieving the particular look and patina
of their restaurant interiors, and give them
their unique atmosphere.
The most recently completed project involved the
expansion of an existing premises at Longwell
Green in Bristol. Removal of a partition wall to
combine with an adjacent
unit provided the opportunity to extend capacity
and create a cavernous space, now defined by an
impressive, contoured suspended ceiling that
emphasises the sense of scale. Originally
intended to be rendered in copper, cost
implications meant that we eventually fabricated
this feature from aged mild steel. As with every Nando's installation that we do, we sourced all
materials and fabricated every feature of this
complex interior theme, together with installing
all service fitments such as the professional
cooking ranges in the kitchen area.
From first steps of combining the two adjacent
units to final completion and handover the
project was delivered by us in just seven weeks.
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Above: New HSS retail outlet, Blackwood, South Wales.
HSS Hire | 30th new store completed
Harvey have just completed our 30th new store
fit-out for HSS Hire services at Blackwood in
One of the UK's largest and longest-established
tool hire companies, HSS Hire is a logistical
and technical partner to businesses of all
Since early 2015 HSS Hire have been undertaking
a programme of establishing a network of new,
small retail outlets as part of a strategy to
position themselves as "the local tool hire
company with a national presence".
HSS Hire serves a broad range of customers from
the largest national construction companies (and
includes Harvey Fit-Out Contractors ourselves
among their clients) through to occasional DIY
users. It is this latter segment – private
individuals and small business users – that have
been the particular focus of HSS's expansion
plans. The objective is to assert their position
in a competitive market by offering improved
local convenience in combination with
exceptional standards of service, retail
presentation and keen pricing, delivered via a
spread of small retail outlets in comparatively
As with all successful retail operations the
customer experience is a vital element. To this
end Harvey's store fit-outs for HSS prioritise
the creation of a pleasant and welcoming
approach to the front of the store, in
combination with a smart, clean and appealing
presentation within the interior. As these are
empty-shell fit-outs our range of services
include initial preparation and decoration of
floors, walls and ceilings, together with the
installation of facilities such as electrical
and plumbing fixtures. Branded décor, shelving
and display units were installed by external
contractors under our direction. Overall, the
project was closely coordinated and managed by
us at every stage.
With an emphasis on rigorous cost control and
swift deployment we were able to bring this
store into operation in just 10 days from the
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Above: Swoon Gelato Bar.
Swoon | Bristol's new artisan gelato bar
Swoon is a new gelato bar in a premium location
on Bristol's College Green in the very heart of
the city. The venture is the first of a planned
programme of openings in other cities.
This is no mere ice cream parlour, but a
specialist, artisan operation making authentic
Italian gelato on the premises to a secret
Gelato differs significantly from regular ice
cream by virtue of its meticulous production
process, based upon a slow-churn technique that
creates a unique and delicious creamy flavour
The daily in-store gelato production – performed
within a specially designed display facility and
overseen by gelato chef Luisa Fontana of the
Carpigiani Gelato University in Bologna – forms
a centrepiece of the bar's interior.
Swoon is an independent family business, founded
by Bruno Forte, from a family with a 100-year
tradition of gelato-making in his native Italy.
|Above: CAD development visuals.
Harvey Fit-out Contractors provided a full
bespoke design & build service for Swoon's new
premises. The concept cleverly combines modern
and traditional styling cues in the décor and
materials, giving the premises a distinctive
ambience and atmosphere.
As the fit-out contractor, one of the project's
primary challenges was presented to us by the
listed building in which the bar is located.
This meant that all works required extensive
liaison with local planning and conservation
authorities to ensure full compliance with
listed building procedures. Further
complications were presented by the need to
replace a roof to the rear of the building that
was rotten and close to collapse, but still
demanded restoration that was sympathetic to the
fabric of the historically important building.
Final décor and features include an open plan
preparation area (the 'Gelato Lab'), enabling
customers to see the gelato being made, a
servery, granite work tops and a raised floor
seating area, together with the installation of
a hexagonal roof light. The entire fit-out also
encompassed the manufacture of signage, awnings,
fitting of antico flooring, lighting, the
restoration of walls and ceilings, and
installing toilets and a staff area.
The project took just five weeks to complete.
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