Justin Hardy, Head of Design and Developments, Jamie Oliver Restaurants
Our £3 million, 32,000sq ft purpose-built factory is built to institutional standards with everything under one roof. It's designed for optimum work flow and manufacturing efficiency. Our seaside location in Poole means we're on the spot for local marine work, but within easy reach of London and the national UK-wide projects we regularly carry out. But that's just the start. When you work with us, you'll be drawing on forty years of experience of bespoke joinery production and fitout programme management for some of the very top names in the worlds of design, architecture, restaurants, boutique hotels, luxury boats and construction.
In 1972, we started out as a two-man outfit working from a small garage. Since then, we’ve developed into one of the UK’s leading specialist joinery manufacturers and fit-out contractors. That’s down to the skills of our people - and the reputation and relationships we’ve built with designers, architects, clients and major construction companies. We’re proud of our long and successful track record, but we know that every new job brings its own unique set of challenges. We take nothing for granted. We’ve never stopped learning, and we never will.
In the 1990s, we were early pioneers of sophisticated CADCAM technology for the bespoke manufacturing of specialist joinery. Coupling this with traditional craftsmanship and understanding, we bring together all the advantages of fast, safe, accurate, cost-effective manufacturing with hand assembly and finishing expertise ... as well as regularly combining joinery with other materials like metal, marble, glass and acrylics. Dedicated, hands-on managers in charge of production, contracts and setting out make sure of the highest quality standards every time.
We’re often called on to look after complete interior fitout programmes for entire buildings - including electrics, mechanical and gas services. Managed by our dedicated site managers and teams, we constantly monitor build quality through continuous snagging, regular review meetings and rapidly resolving any problems. Working closely with the project architect or designer we aim to add real value at every stage - from giving early advice on materials and design to providing samples and prototypes, continually reviewing drawings and workmanship, and making sure that design intent and quality are maintained throughout production.
Malcolm Hiles, Director, W Hiles Partnership, Construction Consultants and Chartered Quantity Surveyors
The design had specified fifty pieces of solid wood. Each one was to be eight metres in length. Wanting to help avoid such a huge cost, weight and environmental impact, we proposed instead a lightweight foam construction, finished with Iroko veneer – a practical suggestion that worked out beautifully. Just one of many projects where our value engineering expertise made all the difference – with advice on materials and finishes in terms of their cost, appropriateness, availability, sustainability and safety. Whether it’s finding the right material for a particular environment, or coming up with innovative answers like liquid metals and polyester finishes, we always relish a difficult technical challenge.
We provide employment and work to around 150 people, both directly and as preferred subcontractors. We’re large enough to have the resources we need for bespoke manufacturing and effective project management - and at the same time we’re still small enough to be able to give you a highly personal service that fully understands and reflects your aims. Each team member dedicated to your project will have the qualifications, skills, enthusiasm and commitment to make sure it’s carried out to the highest standards, and delivered on time and on budget. Our hands-on, experienced people know their trade, as well as understanding how to work effectively with other trades and trusted suppliers.
We take our responsibilities very seriously. We follow established safety, health, environmental and quality procedures to make sure that our work doesn’t harm people, and has the least possible impact on the environment. Wherever possible and available, we source and use FSC certified timber. We work with ethical suppliers of other raw materials from sustainable sources. Our purchasing policy aims to reduce waste, re-use and recycle materials, including looking for continual improvement in the way we dispose of waste. We stay on top of changing legislation, and can advise you on its impact on your project.
Our state-of-the-art factory includes a biomass burner for disposing of wood waste, with the facility to generate renewable energy to heat the building and water. 86% of our waste is recycled or reused. On Tekne managed sites participating in BREEAM, we’ve achieved scores that put us in the top 15%.
We’re quietly proud of our client list. It’s full of high profile names including Jamie’s Italian, Tramshed, John Lewis, Sunseeker, Wagamama, Busaba Eathai, Brindisa Spanish Foods, Hotels AB and Selfridges. We work with renowned architects and design companies including Archer Humphryes Architects, Stiff & Trevillion, Martin Brudnizki Design Studios, and Blacksheep – companies who insist on the highest quality. Much of our work is for top restaurant brands, boutique hotels and luxury boat manufacturers. But we’ve also successfully brought in many other types of projects – from libraries and private residences to bowling and family entertainment centres throughout the UK and Europe.
Brian Jones, Director Design and Construction, Wagamama