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Health & Safety initiative may have industry-wide potential

As featured in Health & Safety Magazine, an in-company initiative to facilitate easier recognition of qualified personnel when operating on site has been recognised to offer potential for the construction industry as a whole.

Continually seeking to improve our operational H&S systems, Harvey recently devised and deployed these colour-coded high-vis vests and safety helmets. A simple, yet highly effective, technique that has enabled both better operational safety and more efficient communication and awareness on site.

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November 2015

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Above: Occasions stores, Newport and Bradford.
Occasions Gift Stores | From concept to delivery

Occasions is a retailer of gifts, cards and seasonal novelties. It is a retail brand of M&P Cards. M&P Cards commissioned Harvey Fit-Out Contractors to manage the creation of two flagship stores to take their business into the future. These stores are now fully operational, situated within prestigious new shopping centres; Bradford's Westfield Centre and Newport's Friar's Walk, both opened in November 2015.

For this project we provided Occasions with a full turnkey service, which is to say deploying our comprehensive, end-to-end design & build capabilities, including full project management, plus the appointment and management of sub-contractors.

The project scope extended from production of the initial concept and design visuals (shown above) through to development of full working drawings and plans, managing requirements of the client's identified sites, which included securing planning consent and all regulatory negotiations, finally culminating in construction and full fit-out of the stores.

At every stage we worked in close consultation with the client, particularly in matters such as design detailing and finishes, as well as fulfilling other direct requirements such as EPOS hardware, CCTV, lighting and music systems.

From initiation to completion the entire project was delivered within four months, with both stores finished on time and on budget.


October 2015

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Above: EE store refits.
Everything Everywhere | Extensive EE store refit programme

Keeping the customer experience fresh, vibrant and engaging is essential for EE's retail store interiors. Central to our store fit-out programme for EE was ensuring that the stores could continue trading normally throughout their refurbishment.

It takes three consecutive nights to complete each store. Each installation team comprises a joiner, decorator and electrician. Two teams are deployed to two stores simultaneously.

With all trades working alongside each other in close proximity, and often dependent upon each others' timing, these rapid turnarounds require close coordination and thorough planning to enable the store to be cleared ready to open to the public the following morning.

The mobile phone giant chose Harvey Fit-Out Contractors to deliver a makeover to eighty of its stores in London and across the south-east, in a rapid five-week roll out. Thirty-two of these stores required a full refit, while others involved swapping-in updated display equipment and customer facilities, such as EE's new 'power bar' charging stations.

This project depended upon a tightly scheduled programme of out-of-hours operations. With many stores situated in malls and pedestrianised city centre locations, site access had to cause minimal inconvenience, and each refit had to be fulfilled without disruption to the store's regular daytime opening.

Our teams installed new merchandising wall displays, together with new flooring, extensive data rewiring, point-of-sale equipment, and amended till and counter positioning, in a succession of overnight deployments, carefully coordinated to enable the store to remain open to customers and continue trading during its normal hours.

With many items – such as ready-assembled Apple and Samsung display units – being delivered to the site immediately prior to installation, these operations demand absolute accuracy in programming.

July 2015

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Above: The Ashton Pub Restaurant, Bristol.
Ashes to Ashton | Historic pub restoration

In June 2014 a fire devastated a popular 17th century pub and restaurant on the outskirts of Bristol. Although the damage was extensive the shell of the building, up until that point known as The Dovecote, remained intact.

Such was the historical and local significance of the premises that owners Mitchells & Butlers commissioned Harvey fit-out contractors (long-established service providers to M&B) to salvage and restore as much of the historic building as could be rescued. We were on site and commencing remedial measures within days of the blaze.

Given its historic profile this restoration project demanded a sensitive and sympathetic approach. Whilst some of the oldest walls remained intact it was necessary for us to install a new roof, together with a structural frame to the rear to fully reinstate the building's previous dimensions. Although this required significant new construction, care was taken to ensure the outcome would be consistent with the building's original appearance.

Once structural restoration had been completed we then worked closely with M&B's designers to realise their vision for the interior. Again, the key consideration here was an approach that was sympathetic to the building's history and character, whilst taking the opportunity to optimise interior space and improve its operational facilities.

One of the distinguishing features of this fit-out was the use of locally-sourced timber throughout, all procured from sustainably managed woodland within 90 miles of Bristol, and manufactured into the interior fabric and fittings at Harvey's own state-of-the-art joinery workshop at our Hanham headquarters. Sourcing and processing the timber in this way not only supported the local economy, but actually reduced both the material costs to the client and the project's overall carbon footprint.

Now re-opened, and re-named as The Ashton, the refurbished building is once more serving the community as a pub and restaurant, and the high standard of its restoration has garnered widespread praise. The remarks of one reviewer that “Inside it’s nothing short of stunning; internal and exterior décor is truly amazing“ are representative of the responses from many.

June 2015

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Above: Barzetti Restaurant, St. Pancras International.
Barzetti | St. Pancras International, London

Barzetti is a brand new Italian restaurant, cafe bar and takeaway located within St. Pancras International rail station, terminus of the Eurostar and London's 'gateway to Europe'.

Opened in April 2015, this was a shell fit-out, working to client designs. It was conceived as an original catering concept, to deliver a particular niche within the station's range of food offerings. The fit-out was completed within 8 weeks.

A wholly bespoke installation, this project included the production of some complex fabrications, not least the domed and tiled 'egg' housing for the restaurant’s pizza oven, manufactured in Harvey’s Bristol workshop. This feature forms the striking centrepiece of an open kitchen area where customers can watch Barzetti's authentic pizzaioli at work.

The restaurant is part of the SSP Group, who specialise in bespoke-concept food retail outlets catering to travellers in airports and railway stations throughout the UK and other worldwide locations.

In keeping with the SSP Group's ethos, the cornerstones of Barzetti's values are great food and drink, a welcoming environment and exceptional service. The client also recognised the real value that is added by quality décor and finish in shaping a restaurant's identity and atmosphere. Every detail contributes to creating the right kind of ambience.

For James Heath, Harvey's Contracts Manager overseeing the project, one of the primary challenges presented by this project was the location itself. "St. Pancras International is an extremely busy station in central London. With so many travellers passing through, day and night, it was vital to ensure maximum public safety, and to minimise any disruption or inconvenience to passengers and station staff during the works. Needless to say, security is also a paramount concern at the station. The management of St. Pancras International praised Harvey Fit-Out Contractors for the smoothness of our organisation and site access, the good rapport maintained with station staff, as well as our diligent compliance with health & safety procedures, and our conscientious adherence to the station’s demanding security requirements".

March 2015

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Above: Bristol Brewhouse & Kitchen
Small is beautiful - New Bristol microbrewery

Harvey Fit-Out Contractors have just completed the extensive transformation of a former pub into the new Bristol premises for microbrewery pioneers Simon Bunn and Kris Gumbrell, and their Brewhouse & Kitchen enterprise. The pair began their business in 2011 and, going from strength to strength, they've now arrived in Bristol, the fifth UK city they've opened in.

"Developing our business isn't about rolling out a formula," says Simon "but uniquely expressing our enthusiasm and attitude towards what we do. That's a big part of what differentiates us. We're absolutely committed to the principles of quality and uniqueness that define craft brewing."

Recognising that there was already a well-established craft brewing tradition in Bristol the company knew that they would need to earn their success here through exceptional merit.

Simon expected Bristol to offer some particular challenges. "It's less about competing, but more a matter of establishing our credentials within this specialist community, delivering an authentic and rewarding experience to our customers. Bristol has been in the vanguard of the microbrewery movement in the UK; we were well aware that our customers' standards and expectations were going to be especially high here. We had to ensure that every detail of the project was right from the outset".

An essential component of this ambition was the premises themselves, situated on Bristol's Cotham Hill, within one of the city's vibrant, culturally alternative quarters, and a popular entertainment destination, especially for the city's younger generation and its large student population.

Brewhouse & Kitchen approached Harvey Fit-Out Contractors initially because of our base in Bristol – providing an intuitive insight into the city – although what proved to be decisive in choosing to work with us was our proven track record in creating genuinely distinctive pub and bar interiors.

Central to the experience of Brewhouse & Kitchen's new premises is the proximity of the actual brewing equipment; the elegant copper vessels and associated brewing facilities are a striking visual feature, lending a unique quality to the atmosphere of the place. "You're drinking a beer that was created using the very equipment you're sitting just a few feet away from".

Simon had always been clear that the microbrewery's premises would be a vital part of the equation. "Of course, the core of our business is about great specialist beers, combined with quality food and service. But that commitment to quality must inform every dimension of the operation. There's no doubt that the premises themselves are an essential factor in the customer's experience. The atmosphere, styling, the materials used, they all have to work in harmony."

For the project lead, Harvey's Steve Broadhead, one of the most satisfying aspects of the fit-out was the use of reclaimed materials "We installed a lot of recovered timber, all of it supplied locally. These materials add real warmth and texture to the environment. Reclaimed timber provides a rich patina of age that's almost impossible to reproduce artificially, but it demands skill and sympathy in the way it's deployed. The use of naturally-aged materials within the fabric of the interior has a tangible effect upon the ambience. It all plays its part in expressing the company's brand values through its setting and location, which was central to our brief as the primary managing contractor".

Steve was also impressed by the extent to which the building was transformed by Harvey's contractors and craftsmen. “We were working closely with the designers to realise their vision for the interior, but in fulfilling this implementation we've created a place that feels immediately established, as though it's always been here. We're very proud of the outcome we've achieved with this project.”

September 2014
iPad in use on site 
Keep taking the tablets - iPads improve operational efficiency

Harvey Fit-Out Contractors have provided all our site and project managers with iPads, an operational innovation that is yielding significant benefits in efficiency, accuracy, improved communication and synchronised information sharing, as well as speeding up on-site decision making.

Tablet devices such as the iPad are lighter, cheaper and more portable than a laptop, yet can deliver all the computing functionality we require in the field, in a single package, providing for genuinely mobile operation.

Traditionally, complex fit-out projects have always been heavily dependent upon a vast paper trail. All too often plans and blueprints would have fallen out of date almost as soon as they were printed and distributed. Now, all our staff have real-time access to the most up-to-date documentation – such as schedules, project plans, blueprints, floor plans or wiring diagrams – via a cloud server, ensuring that everyone is, quite literally, always on the same page!

Alongside this, even simple, practical actions such as shooting photos and video right from the device, for immediate sharing via email, are very powerful capabilities that are streamlining our processes. It means we can address any queries or issues far more quickly and accurately, right from the project's front line. The Facetime application – utilising the iPad's front and rear cameras – has proved particularly valuable, by enabling real-time site walk-throughs via video link, with the opportunity for simultaneous feedback, comment and discussion with clients or architects.

Our operations have always been characterised by having many of our people out on the road, on site, every day, far from the office. In these circumstances, maintaining effective lines of communication, and coordinating events and information on site, has always presented one of our biggest challenges. It's been clearly demonstrated that equipping our site managers with iPads has regained many hours of productive time; we're getting more done, more quickly and efficiently. Among many benefits this represents a cost-saving that can be passed on to our clients, as well as ensuring greater accuracy and minimising the potential for mistakes or misunderstandings.

October 2013
RFU Twickenham rugby statdium
Transforming the Home of British Rugby

Harvey Fit-Out Contractors are proud to have been one of the contractors commissioned to undertake the extensive refurbishment and improvement of all player facilities at the historic Twickenham rugby stadium, the second largest stadium in the UK after Wembley, and home of the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

The works – which were successfully completed in time for the opening game of the 2013 Autumn Internationals - included the installation of new team changing rooms and medical treatment facilities, and forms part of an ongoing £75 million makeover of the stadium in anticipation of hosting the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

July 2013
OHSA-18001 OHSAS 18001 Health & Safety Accreditation

We are delighted to announce that the company has recently attained OHSAS 18001 accreditation, an assessment scheme developed by leading trade and international standards bodies that recognises and promotes excellence in Health & Safety management systems.

The assessment of the company's occupational health and safety management systems was conducted by UKAS authorised auditors ACS Registrars. The award of the accreditation provides recognition of Harvey Fit-Out Contractors' organisation-wide commitment to effective health and safety systems and procedures in every aspect of its activities, together with a company culture that fosters active initiatives aimed at maintaining and continually improving standards of health and safety management and practice.

The assessment procedure places many rigorous demands upon an organisation to attain accreditation. The fact that health & safety considerations have always been prioritised in our operations meant that, in many instances, the company was found to already be operating to the standards required for the OHSAS 18001 accreditation in advance of the audit.



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