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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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.
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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.
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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
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
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
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.
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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
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".
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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
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
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.”
Keep taking the tablets - iPads improve
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.