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Community Contribution

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 many years.

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 their behalf.

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.

Dulux Partnership

Paint roller - Dulux partnership

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 clients."

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 uses.

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."

Scottish Gains

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 facilities.

The new extension and refurbished offices at our Bristol headquarters. (Click on images to enlarge)

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April 2017

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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 occupation.

SkillBuild consists of a number of regional heats and a National Final for  ten craft occupations:

Cabinet making
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 Final.

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 next year.

April 2017

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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 funding scheme.

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 Photography

December 2016

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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.

Food retail
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.

Other retail
We have now completed some 36 new retail stores for EE within this period, as well store fit-outs for jewelers Signet, offices for insurer Swinton, and 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 & Kitchen.

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 decorative style.

Nando's restaurant interior.

2016 has seen us install or refit 35 McDonald's restaurants.

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.


October 2016

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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 UK.

Harvey have been working with Punch since early 2016, however this project was the first for the Managed House division.

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 community.

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 coming areas.

September 2016

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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 1968.

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 often.

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 4 weeks.

July 2016

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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 alongside.

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.

June 2016

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Above: New Swinton Insurance office in Preston.
Swinton Insurance | Preston

We have recently completed an extensive refurbishment of Swinton Insurance's retail office in Preston.

This represents the first prototype realisation of a new design and branding concept for Swinton, developed by them in association with design consultants M Worldwide. With this proof-of-concept completed, and judged a major success, the intention is to roll out the new style across the other properties in Swinton's national retail network.

Harvey Fit-Out Contractors have worked with Swinton for over a decade, providing office fit-out services to their many high street branches.

This project called for us to strip back the existing premises to a bare shell, before installing vinyl and carpet flooring, and new ceilings with comfort cooling units and stylish Guzzini lighting fitments.

Furnishing, desks and banquette seating was all fabricated by us in our Bristol workshop. Perimeter walls display digitally printed graphic panels.

May 2016

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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 Africa.

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.

April 2016

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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 South Wales.

One of the UK's largest and longest-established tool hire companies, HSS Hire is a logistical and technical partner to businesses of all sizes.

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 low-cost locations.

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 project outset.

February 2016

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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 recipe.

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 and texture.

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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