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First Choice Build Group Restaurant and Retail Experience

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Company Profile

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Team Experience

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Case Studies

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RICS Ska Rating Information

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company profile Our aim is to work with each of our partners in a cooperative manner, in good faith and in spirit of mutual trust and respect. This allows the creation of long-term, mutually beneficial relationships and allows the smooth running of projects, with end results that exceed the expectations of all involved. First Choice Build Group deliver Refurbishment and FitOut projects across the UK for an array of blue chip clients. We have extensive experience in delivering projects under Traditional, Design and Build and Fee and 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 Construction line. We have also been taken through RICS Ska Rating, meaning we adopt industry wide environmental good practice as a minimum, in every project we work on. Page Four

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team experience The First Choice team are drawn from a diverse range of backgrounds, giving us an exceptional range of capabilities. 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. Ian’s relevant experience includes working on various in-store restaurants for clients such as Littlewoods, John Lewis, Debenhams, Morrison's and in-store coffee shops for Marks and Spencer. Ian’s experience also stretches to working on restaurants within the education sector at South East Essex College, Barnet College and South Thames College. Ian was also part of the team who worked on the Harvey Nichols restaurant in Leadenhall Street, London. Ian’s retail experience covers projects for Primark, Marks and Spencer, Graff Diamonds, Boots, Littlewoods, John Lewis, Debenhams, Morrison's and Safeway.

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. John has worked on relevant restaurant projects for clients which includes NH Hotels, WPP, Subway and Davy Wine Bar. His retail experiences includes Jil Sanders and Kooples Carnaby Street. He is also a member of the CIOB.

Andy Mason 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, Sainsbury's, 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 with 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 create a positive and long-lasting relationship. Andy’s retail experience for Sainsbury's spanned six years and included the Sainsbury’s bakery refurbishment roll-out programme. The re-fit of several large stores including Hornchurch, Locksbottom, Hayes and Biggleswade. The security installation at Sainsbury’s distribution depots at Waltham Abbey and Hoddeston. Page Six

team experience 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. He is a competent and technically aware construction professional who’s work is built on good construction principles. Jamie’s relevant experience covers working on projects for Charles Russell - a fine dining restaurant for partners, BDO Stoy Hayward, Allen & Ovary Partners Fine Dining and Lounge, Rotisserie Jules Restaurants in Kings Road and South Kensington, The Square House Lounge and Cocktail Bar, Café Oz in Hamburg, Germany, numerous pub refurbishments and conversions for Bass Brewery, a boutique designer shop in Walton Street, SW1 and shop fitting numerous high street stores for clients such as Sunglass Hut, Tie Rack and Oasis.

John Blythe Business Manager With a background in fit-out and refurbishment, John has extensive experience in Hospital projects, having worked in teaching hospitals in London. Projects included new ICU, Operating and TOPS clinics, over 20 ward refurbishments works amassed over the last 40 years. Having acted as Director responsible for delivery of these schemes, John has also worked on projects in the commercial, retail and residential markets. John’s experience is vast and covers a Pizza Express restaurant in Canary Wharf, food and retail outlets at South Plaza Gatwick, Sainsbury's at Hastings, Odiham and on the Isle of Wight, various Homebase stores, House of Fraser on Oxford Street and a new build 600-seat restaurant for Ikea Glasgow.

Matthew Sewell Restaurant Consultant to First Choice Build Group Matthew has amassed a wealth of experience in the restaurant industry, having worked in numerous restaurants, both chains and independents, for his entire working career. Much of Matthew’s experience covers menu development and kitchen/bar design from a Director’s level, for his previous employers. His current role enables Matthew to consult on restaurant and retail layout, construction, brand development and service styles. Matthew has won numerous design awards for Pizza Express branches he has worked on, including Civic Design awards. He has also won the Camra/English Heritage award for best new pub design in 2006 and 2009. Past projects include consultation for the following clients; Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Nando’s, Bella Italia, Café Rouge, Tootsies, Paul Patisseries, Loch Fyne Restaurants, Zero Degrees Bar, Vivat Bacchus Restaurant and Bar, Laduree Paris, Obika, Benihana UK and Busaba.

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It was a pleasure working with First Choice. The relationship at all times was seamless and they demonstrated exceptional problem solving skills. Jonathan Maides, Project Manager at Doherty Baines.

We are absolutely delighted with the finished result, and we were amazed at the speed in which you worked to complete the project within what was a very tight deadline.

Excellent project management, took the pain away from a potentially difficult refurbishment. The First Choice team were very proactive and the information flow back to us was very good. Steve Moore, Head of Facilities Management at Centaur Media.

Alan Kent, Finance Director of FM Global.

I managed to get a walk around Level Nine at Paddington yesterday, a real Head Office building look and feel. Wow! Please pass on my sincere thanks to everyone who has helped make this a great success. There is no doubt in my mind that a huge amount of endeavour and nous went into delivering this project. For all of the Prudential employees who had to move, they have had a seamless transfer and are now working in an enhanced environment. Well done! Billy Ferguson, Project Manager at Prudential Corporate Property. Page Ten

Case Study - nabCapital, London Client :



Wood Street, London


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 restaurant, office furniture and break out areas with new partitions, ceilings and carpets.

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Case Study - Prudential, Chelmsford Client:

Prudential Corporate Property


Legg Street, Chelmsford


HamburyHird Design

Cost Consultant:

Warwick Avenue

Project Manager:



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 restaurant seating.

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ska rating First Choice Build Group has been taken through the RICS

Elina Grigoriou, Sustainability Assessor

Ska Rating tool by Grigoriou Interiors - one of the

Elina Grigoriou is an experienced Interior Sustainability

Development Partners of the tool. This is another

Advisor. Her experience is predominantly in the

forward-moving initiative driven by First Choice Build

commercial sector and is currently retrospectively

Group’s desire to constantly adopt improvements in

assessing the fit-out of the RICS HQ on Parliament

their business and services.


The knowledge and awareness gained on Ska Rating will

Elina is a leading industry figure in environmental

enable First Choice Build Group to achieve industry wide

change. Her support and involvement of the Ska rating

environmental good practice as a minimum - one of the

initiative has been instrumental in bringing it to effect.

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

She is a RICS Ska rating Development Partner and leads

rating is the newly launched environmental assessment

the Technical Committee which ratifies the criteria and

method for interior fit-outs and currently only for offices

tool, in addition to advising on the future developments

in the UK.

of the tool.

The Ska Rating good practice measures enable First

Ska Rating will help organisations make informed

Choice Build Group to share information and aims on

decisions about fit-out projects in the context of the

good practice with design teams and the supply chain in

growing importance of sustainability on the corporate

a transparent and collaborative way, which will positively

agenda and a burgeoning statute book. It is designed to

affect the whole industry. Prospective clients and

be of particular use for occupiers but has benefits for

industry bodies interested in working with First Choice

other property stakeholders including landlords,

Build Group and be associated with leading businesses in

developers, consultants, fit-out contractors and the

the industry will know that First Choice is a key active

supply chain.

player in the game. The PM and Design Team need to be on board the First Choice Build Group is able to retrospectively self-

discussion process to provide design solutions that

assess the environmental rating of projects on an

enable the sustainable operation to function without

informal basis and then use this information as a

glitches. The Sustainability Consultant will work with

benchmark for improving the environmental

them to generate design ideas and guide them towards

performance of future projects.

the most environmentally friendly design solutions and materials.

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.

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