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First Choice Build Group Limited Company Profile and Experience

Excellence in the built environment


Contents Company Profile Clients Case Studies Team CV’s RICS Ska Rating Information Why choose First Choice Build Group?

nabCapital, London

B.Hive, London

Galaxy Centre, Luton

Prudential, Chelmsford


Welcome to this briefest introduction to First Choice Build Group. This brochure is meant as an initial snapshot of the varied market places in which we operate.

We can offer a varied approach to contracts from traditional competitive tenders, through to advising on cost engineering to tailor the design to your budget. Also, an approach that is becoming more and more appreciated is our early involvement at feasibility stage of a project. With a more team-like approach to your scheme with all parties having equal input and responsibility, the construction phase is completed earlier and in a smoother, more co-ordinated fashion. We have a reputation for our professional, commercial and non confrontational approach to business. If you feel our company could be of assistance we would greatly appreciate the opportunity to meet with you or your clients to discuss our possible involvement in future projects.

Whitelands House, Chelsea, London

T-Mobile, Hatfield

The Newspaper Society, St Andrew’s House


Company Profile Our aim is to work with each of our partners in a

Construction line, and are members of the British Council

co-operative manner, in good faith and in spirit of

for Offices. We have also been taken through RICS Ska

mutual trust and respect. This allows the creation of long-term, mutually beneficial relationships and allows the smooth running of projects, with end

Rating, meaning we adopt industry wide environmental good practice as a minimum, in every project we work on.

results that exceed the expectations of all involved. First Choice Build Group deliver Refurbishment and Fit Out projects across the UK for an array of blue chip clients. We have extensive experience in delivering projects under Traditional, Design & Build and Fee & Construction Management contracts. We pride ourselves in having developed the necessary skills to complete projects within the budget and programme, to the complete satisfaction of the client. With dedicated multi-discipline staff, we have assembled a team with vast experience gained from industry-wide backgrounds including high-end residential, hotels, bespoke property development and main contractor projects. Members of our professionally qualified senior management team have an average of 25 years experience each, and between us we hold qualifications in MCIOB, FFB, ARICS, FRICS, HNC (Construction), and ONC (Construction). At the heart of our team are our dedicated project managers, quantity surveyors, site managers, and support staff. We also have our own in-house interior design and CAD capability, and we are able to offer our clients added value through services such as programming, marketing testing, feasibility studies, buildability studies and value engineering. In addition we have formed very strong links and relationships with many expert external partners. First Choice Build Group is ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified and hold accreditations from CHAS, Exor, and

Competitiveness and value With expert use of the value engineering and procurement process our team procure and deliver projects to the standards expected by the client, thus ensuring maximum benefit to them. Close-out Our experience shows that a successful “defect free� project requires a methodical step by step approach to the closing out of each activity before the next stage progresses, thus not building in defect. We use a 3 step handover process to ensure that each area is inspected, de-snagged and re-inspected prior to final handover. Quality The pride we have in our work and the expectations of our valued, repeat business clients, dictates that quality benchmarks and schedules of samples are established and agreed at the earliest opportunity. Teamwork and Communication We are aware that a successful project can only be achieved through first class communication. We promote a professional working culture designed to aid teamwork, through communication that is detailed, open and honest. Passion Our passion for our company, will show through in the quality of our build for you.


Company Profile An established company with an impressive

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Clerical Medical

portfolio of repeat business clients

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Royal Television Society

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Maltese High Commission

Clients

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TMD

First Choice Build Group has developed a range of “blue

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Warwick Avenue

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KJ Tait

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Surrey PCT (NHS Surrey)

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Doherty Baines

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Mars Pension Fund

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M&G

chip” repeat business clients. By offering a level of professionalism equal to that of our multinational rivals and the intimacy of service of a privately owned company, we secure repeat business from:

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EC Harris

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CBRE

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National Australia Group

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Knight Frank

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Invista Real Estate

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Collins Stewart

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Prudential Corporate Property

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Halsey Ltd

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Clydesdale Bank

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Cable & Wireless

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FM Global

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Regus

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Davis Langdon - AECOM

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T Mobile

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Wrigleys

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Centaur Media

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UBS

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Nomura

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Yorkshire Bank

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Shell International

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RBS

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Newspaper Society

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Suez Global

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Seabrook Associates

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HamburyHird Design

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TK Maxx

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Instinet Europe


Case Study - Prudential, Sheldon Square Client:

Prudential Corporate Property

Location:

Paddington, London

Architect:

HamburyHird Design

Cost Consultant:

Warwick Avenue

Project Manager:

TMD

Engineers:

KJ Tait

Project Value/Duration:

ÂŁ1.2m/13 weeks

Project Overview The project, secured on a 2 stage tender, was a 12 week contract which involved a downscale of three floors into two, in a major refit for the client. The project included the reconfiguration of the existing air conditioning, data and electrical installation, formation of meeting rooms, tea points, post room and business centre and a complete redecoration and carpeting. First Choice were appointed 8 weeks prior to the project start and worked with the clients’ team on the design and programme.


Case Study - Whitelands House, Chelsea Client:

Mr and Mrs T Nour

Location:

Chelsea, London

Architect & Contract Administrator:

Graham Seabrook Architects

Project Overview First Choice Build Group were appointed to conduct this prestigious residential project at Whitelands House, Chelsea. The client already owned a property in this mansion block and having purchased a second flat required the conversion of them into one luxury duplex apartment, with the installation of an internal through-floor staircase. The works comprised of a complete strip out, refurbishment and fit-out of the properties and was completed to a very high luxury, custom specification including a bespoke staircase, walnut veneer panelling and kitchen units, leather finished drinks bar and a specialist lighting and entertainment console.


Case Study - Prudential, Chelmsford Client:

Prudential Corporate Property

Location:

Legg Street, Chelmsford

Architect:

HamburyHird Design

Cost Consultant:

Warwick Avenue

Project Manager:

TMD

Engineers:

KJ Tait

Project Overview This 6 week refurbishment and fit out of the Prudential Corporate Property offices at 1 Legg Street created a high quality office environment which incorporates an open plan office with separate meeting and interview rooms and a fully fitted kitchen area with tea points.


Case Study - Milford Hospital, Surrey Client:

NHS Surrey

Location:

Milford Hospital, Surrey

Project Manager & Contract Administrator:

Doherty Baines

Project Overview First Choice Build were appointed to conduct the complete refurbishment of four wards at Milford Hospital in Surrey. The project included new bathrooms, a specialist treatment room and a physiotherapy department. Other wards in the hospital were in occupation by patients whilst the works were taking place.


Case Study - Prudential, Holborn Bars Client:

Prudential Corporate Property

Location:

Waterhouse Square, London

Architect:

HamburyHird Design

Cost Consultant:

Warwick Avenue

Project Manager:

TMD

Project Overview First Choice Build Group conducted this fit out project for Prudential at their offices in Waterhouse Square, London. The project included new partitioning, mechanical modifications, decorations, lighting, under floor power and data cabling, works to the communications room and new installations. All this was carried out over just 4 weeks.


Case Study - B.Hive, Covent Garden Client:

Regus

Location:

Covent Garden, London

Architect:

Grigoriou Interiors

Project Overview First Choice Build Group was appointed by Regus to fit out the flagship ‘B.Hive Women’s Business Club’ in Covent Garden, London, a project which is a collaboration between business icon and celebrity Lynne Franks and serviced office company Regus. The club in Southampton Street has been designed to create a space where women can work and network in surroundings which are designed specifically with women in mind. It is the first B.Hive club with more women-only centres planned for Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester. The club features a large visitors and members lounge, meeting rooms and rare-in-London, outside space.


Case Study - nabCapital, London Client :

nabCapital

Location:

Wood Street, London

Architect:

TP Bennett

Cost Consultant & Project Manager:

EC Harris

Project Overview First Choice Build Group were selected by National Australia Group to refit their main nabCapital offices in Wood Street, London. With a quick lead-in and start, this fast track strip and fit-out of their offices ran from mid September to a completion by mid January. Working closely with NAG over 3 floors to fully strip out and refurbish their offices, whilst they remained in occupation, the project included new data cabling, services, kitchens and canteen, office furniture and break out areas with new partitions, ceilings and carpets.


Case Study - Galaxy Centre, Luton The Galaxy Centre forms part of Invista’s Retail and Leisure portfolio in Luton. The project included a bespoke lighting scheme with Barisol suspended lights. Detail also included metal artwork and panelling. The decoration graphics were based on the ‘Galaxy’ theme including new feature shaped ceilings. Extensions to the public area increased accessibility to the new retail units and new ceramic specialist floor finishes completed the project. Working closely with the centre management First Choice Build Group maintained the centre’s trading activity throughout the project.


Example Project Team The First Choice team are drawn from a diverse range of backgrounds, giving us an exceptional range of capabilities.

and Subway. He is a member of the CIOB.

Andy Mason Ian Cannings Divisional Director Ian heads up the construction activities of First Choice Build Group. Having spent the last 23 years in the construction industry, Ian has amassed a wealth of experience, particularly in the fitting out and refurbishment of buildings. Ian has worked with many differing forms of contracting and has a hands on style of leadership.

Senior Project Manager Andy has gained a wealth of experience in Project management from starting out with a large M&E contractor carrying out refurbishment of stores for a major retail chain, to working with First Choice on many prestigious buildings across London and the rest of the UK. Andy is a confident, highly industrious Project Manager within the team and has a ‘can do’ approach to all challenges which allows him to consistently achieve positive results. Andy is motivated by the need and desire to provide a first class service to our clients to

Keith Wells

create a positive and long relationship

Commercial Manager Keith has had a lifetime working from both the professional and construction sides of the industry as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor. His role has ranged from the day to day running of companies from both the general management and cost administration aspects to sitting on the Board of Directors for a nationwide property company as Development and Building Director. One of Keith’s strengths is that he understands that there is a strong need for a commercial attitude to business, rather than contractual, in order for the project to succeed.

Jamie Day Project Manager Jamie is an experienced construction professional with over twenty five years working history within the industry, ten of those in construction management roles. He has undertaken new build, refurbishment and Grade I & II commercial fit-out projects, along with a high specification residential refurbishment project at Queens Gate. Jamie understands the full concept of Project Delivery and end user expectation and is a competent and technically aware construction professional who’s work is built on good construction principles. Jamie’s

John Etherington Contracts Surveyor With over thirty years in the construction industry, ten of those within the commercial aspects of interior fit out, John is an extremely experienced individual who has knowledge of all sectors of the industry, including commercial, retail, hotel and residential projects, up to the value of £100m. He has worked on projects for clients such as Warburg Investment Bank, First National Bank, London Underground, Marks & Spencer, NH Hotels

Education and Personal Development includes: CITB Site Managers H&S Schemes, IOSH Managing Safety in Construction, CSCS-Site Management No 01197084, City and Guild Crafts Certificates, Advanced Craft Certificates, CITB 2 Day Scaffold Inspection and Fire Marshall training.


ISO 9001 and 14001 Certified Rest assured of our quality and environmental management.


RICS Ska Rating First Choice Build Group has been

Elina Grigoriou, Sustainability Assessor

taken through the RICS Ska

Elina Grigoriou is an experienced Interior Sustainability

Rating tool by Grigoriou Interiors

Advisor. Her experience is predominantly in the

- one of the Development

commercial sector and is currently retrospectively

Partners of the tool. This is

assessing the fit-out of the RICS HQ on Parliament

another forward moving initiative

Square.

driven by First Choice Build Group’s desire to constantly adopt improvements in

Elina is a leading industry figure in environmental

their business and services.

change. Her support and involvement of the Ska rating initiative has been instrumental in bringing it to effect.

The knowledge and awareness gained on Ska Rating will

She is a RICS Ska rating Development Partner and leads

enable First Choice Build Group to achieve industry wide

the Technical Committee which ratifies the criteria and

environmental good practice as a minimum – one of the

tool, in addition to advising on the future developments

first fit-out contractors to offer this service. The RICS Ska

of the tool.

rating is the newly launched environmental assessment method for interior fit-outs and currently only for offices

Ska Rating will help organisations make informed

in the UK.

decisions about fit-out projects in the context of the growing importance of sustainability on the corporate

The Ska Rating good practice measures enable First

agenda and a burgeoning statute book. It is designed to

Choice Build Group to share information and aims on

be of particular use for occupiers but has benefits for

good practice with design teams and the supply chain in

other property stakeholders including landlords,

a transparent and collaborative way, which will positively

developers, consultants, fit-out contractors and the

affect the whole industry. Prospective clients and

supply chain.

industry bodies interested in working with First Choice Build Group and be associated with leading businesses in

The PM and Design Team need to be on board the

the industry will know that First Choice is a key active

discussion process to provide design solutions that

player in the game.

enable the sustainable operation to function without glitches. The Sustainability Consultant will work with

First Choice Build Group is able to retrospectively self-

them to generate design ideas and guide them towards

assess the environmental rating of projects on an

the most environmentally friendly design solutions and

informal basis and then use this information as a

materials.

benchmark for improving the environmental performance of future projects. With the use of the RICS Ska Rating tool, First Choice Build Group is providing all clients with an added value service, offered on each and every project. We are fully aware that our actions can influence the final Ska Rating of a project. Rest assured the systems that we operate meet the good practice standards laid down by Ska.


Why Choose First Choice Build Group? Passion - Service - Integrity - Experience - Vision Detail - Quality - Responsibility - Delivery. By combining a level of professionalism equal to that of our multinational competitors and the intimacy of service of a privately owned company, we have developed an impressive blue chip client base. At the heart of our business are our people - a team of experienced, dedicated and passionate professionals with an exceptional range of skills. Being able to draw on a wide range of skills allows First Choice Build Group to deliver your project with an enviable level of service, quality, and attention to detail. We add value at every stage, delivering exceptional results that exceed all expectations. In the competitive market that we operate, we aim to be your First Choice.

Contact: Ian Cannings Head of Construction Division DD: 01689 899365 M: 07930 371953 E: ian.cannings@firstchoiceltd.co.uk John Blythe Business Manager DD: 01689 899364 M: 07798 695942 E: john.blythe@firstchoiceltd.co.uk


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