Q2 2022 Properties Powered by Imagination ARCO Developments The Form and Function of Modern Architectural Art Architecture in Formation Luxury Living in Modern Times Amari Property Consultants Ltd Aesthetic Beauty & Commerciality T2S Architecture Ltd
BUILD Q2 2022 2 Welcome to the Q2 issue of BUILD Magazine. As always, we endeavour to be your source for all the latest news and features from across the global construction and property industries. As we feel the benefit of brighter nights and sunshine peeking through the clouds – or hanging in a perfectly blue sky – earlier in the morning, we feel we are swiftly heading towards summer. For all things bright, lively, and truly transformative, summer brings happiness and hope for better days. Our course to fruition starts now – the spring brings us time to sow the seeds after a long winter of reflection. We are seeing businesses shift and expand in a fast-changing industry that boasts timeless craft with the ability to channel personality and style simultaneously. Impeccable design supported by priceless talent demonstrates the huge difference between a good company and an incredible one. Here we are proud to present a range of businesses truly sparking inspiration and motivation to transform not only our spaces, but our mental states. Here, we would love for you to join us in celebration as we present these prestigious accolades. We also look forward to welcoming you back to the Q3 issue of BUILD Magazine. Sofi Bajor, Editor Website: www.build-review.com AI Global Media, Ltd. (AI) takes reasonable measures to ensure the quality of the information on this web site. However, AI will not assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, correctness or completeness of any information that is available through this web site. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them. The information available through the website and our partner publications is for your general information and use and is not intended to address any particular finance or investment requirements. In particular, the information does not constitute any form of advice or recommendation by us or any of our partner publications and is not intended to be relied upon by users in making or refraining from making any investment or financial decisions. Appropriate independent advice should be obtained before making any such decision. Any arrangement made between you and any third party named in the site is at your sole risk and responsibility.
Q2 2022 BUILD 3 4. News 6. Lloyd’s Landscape Contracting: Most Innovative Landscape Design/Build Firm - Durham Region & Client Service Excellence Award 2022 7. SuperFOIL Insulation: Warming Homes, Not the Planet 8. T2S Architecture Ltd: Aesthetic Beauty & Commerciality 10. BAmari Property Consultants Ltd: Luxury Living in Modern Times 12. German Sustainable Building Council: Best Sustainable Building Network NPO 13. Ultraconfidentiel Design: Tomorrow’s Workspaces, Today’s Design 14. ARCO Developments: Properties Powered by Imagination 16. Peninsula Windows: Best Family-Run Home Improvements Company - North Wales & Cheshire 17. Galion: Best Traditional Home Design Building Company - Somerset 18. Lowree Tynes Design: Island Inspiration 19. Signature Projects Ltd: Most Client-Focused Home Builder - Reigate & Banstead 20. Glint Lighting: Best LED Luminaires Manufacturer - USA 21. Core Conservation Ltd: Dampness Solved 22. Company: Edn Landscapes Ltd: Best Hard & Soft Landscaping Service Provider - West Midlands 23. Tolman Homes: Homes For All 24. Kalombo Architecture and Development: Developing The Future! 25. C&R Property & Construction: Best HMO Conversion Specialists - Greater Manchester 26. Architecture in Formation: The Form and Function of Modern Architectural Art 28. Wolff Architects: Designing a Better Future 29. Bespoke Living Construction Ltd: Best Eco-Friendly Residential Construction Company – Sussex & BUILD Customer Service Excellence Award 2022 30. Avignon Capital: Effective Asset Management and Investment Solutions 32. Rayzonplus Design Group: Best High-End Architecture & Interior Design Firm - West Africa 33. Cougar Antiques & Vintage: Treasures Of The Past 34. Arterial Design: The Beating Heart of Design 35. CR Building Contractors Ltd: Best Construction Contractor - North London 36. Agilitee: Homes On Firm Foundations 37. Advanced Mechanical & Electrical Services Ltd: Engineering Excellence 38. LivHoli Interior Design Studio: Wellness In Luxury 39. MM Interior Design: Best Home Staging Company - ROI 40. Fluor Driver: Best Plant Maintenance Specialists - Canada 41. Amberth: Design With A Difference 42. Standpoint Construction Company: Nationwide Home Renovators of the Year - Texas 43. NuWave Homes LLC: Homes For You 44. Waldeck Consulting: The Consultant for the Shapers of Modern Construction 46. Studio Sustain: A Melting Pot of Sustainability and Aesthetics 47. UpholsteryShop.Co.Uk: Most Trusted Upholstery Supplies eTailer – UK 48. Gold Property Development: Gold-Standard Property Development 49. Universal Stone: Best Marble & Granite Countertop Installation Company - North Carolina 50. Regal Contracting, Inc.: Best Home Renovation Contractor - Colorado 51. Winners’ Listings Contents
BUILD Q2 2022 4 News • 56% of UK adults have rooms in their homes that are unusable because of clutter. • The spare bedroom (30%) is the room in our homes with the most clutter, followed by the garage (22%) and loft (21%). • 42% of people say that clutter makes them feel uncomfortable. 54% of women say clutter makes them feel stressed versus 26% of men. Overall, most Brits (almost 80%) claim to feel negatively about it. • A quarter of UK adults say that they don’t declutter because they have no idea where to start; almost a third of us blame lack of time; and over a fifth of UK adults say not knowing how to get rid of everything prevents them from decluttering. • 39% of UK adults claim to declutter as part of a Spring Clean but 36% of us admit to waiting until we feel annoyed enough by clutter to start. • 66% of people wouldn’t look at a home on the market if it looked cluttered with 15% of UK adults admitting that they tend to declutter before putting their house on the market. According to a recent survey commissioned by waste removal experts HIPPO, over half of Brits have rooms in their homes that are unusable due to clutter, despite most of us feeling badly about it. ortunately, the statistics also point to spring as the most likely opportunity for decluttering to take place, with almost 40% of UK adults claiming they’d clear the clutter as part of a Spring Clean. With this in mind, HIPPO has teamed up with TV personality Dilly Carter in a bid to encourage more Brits to get decluttering this spring and to do so in a way that’s kind to our environment. Organisation expert, author of Create Space and TV presenter, Dilly is the ultimate “go to” expert for those looking to transform their clutter chaos into an organised oasis. And, as an ecofriendly, hassle-free alternative to the cumbersome metal skip, HIPPO’s HIPPOBAGs are just one of the resources that Dilly would recommend using. Dilly comments: “I firmly believe that if we all cut the clutter, live better with less and give ourselves more headspace, we will enjoy life more, which is why I’m delighted to collaborate with HIPPO and their genius HIPPOBAGs in encouraging more of us to get decluttering this spring! These are my Top Declutter Tips to help everyone along with the decluttering!: 1. We need to get those rooms aired and let our wardrobes and drawers breathe. Give them a good declutter and clearout. Moths love dark spots, so as much as you can, get those doors open and get the air circulating through every area. Clean the 56% OF BRITS ADMIT TO CLUTTER CHAOS F bottoms, clear out those wardrobes and give them a good declutter. Ask yourself this: • Do you love it? • Does it fit? • When did you last wear it? • Is it in season? • Can it be packed away to create space? 2. Clear those window sills. So many of us have too much on our window sills We want to let the light in, and see out of those windows. Not block the light. Clear those window sills completely, and see how much better it looks with less clutter on it. Now it’s empty and clean, what would you put back, what can be moved? 3. Declutter that worktop. Clear every appliance off the side and put it to the side and see how much space you have now it’s clear. • What do you really need to add back to that workspace? • Are there items that don’t earn a spot on that worktop? • Are there items you don’t use? • Are there items that don’t belong in a kitchen? We want clear workspaces with less clutter. So it’s easier to maintain and keep clean. Less stuff, less to clean! 4. Clean out your cupboards. One cupboard at a time so as not to overwhelm yourself. Just empty, clean, assess, declutter, donate, sell or put it back! Just cleaning out your cutlery drawer and putting everything through the dishwasher will make you feel better. Get rid of those tools, pens and keys. Keep it just cutlery, take out the random. Go through your spice drawer and check dates. Clean it out. Organise spices in alphabetical order so it’s easy to scan quickly what you need.
5 Q2 2022 BUILD Rated People reveals what it’s like to work as a tradeswoman in the UK and takes a stand against the shockingly low representation of women in the trades industry. • 39% of tradeswomen say they’re not taken seriously because of their gender and almost one in 10 say customers have refused to let them do a job because they’re a woman • Just 1% of carpenters are women and less than 2% of electricians and plumbers are women • Across 15 key trades in the industry, women earn just 72% of what men do – for floorers and tilers, this drops to 41% • Change is on the horizon though – 32% of women would now consider working as a tradeswoman and women admissions to trade apprenticeships have increased by 27% • Rated People has launched its new ‘Rated People Empowering Tradeswomen Programme’ to help change attitudes and make it easier for more women to get into and thrive in the industry New research from the find-a-tradesperson platform, Rated People has revealed the biggest challenges faced by women who work in the trades industry, inclusive of all who identify as women, as well as the trades which have the lowest representation of women and the biggest gender pay gaps. The study discovered well over a third of tradeswomen (39%) aren’t taken seriously because of their gender. One in seven (15%) have had personal safety concerns when working, and almost one in 10 (9%) say they’ve had customers who won’t let them work on a job when they see they’re a woman. It’s 2022 and this needs to change The findings are taken from the newly-launched 2022 edition of Rated People’s Home Improvement Trends Report, where researchers spoke to more than 600 tradespeople across the UK about working in the industry, and over 2,000 homeowners about their attitudes to hiring tradeswomen. Positively, there’s growing demand from UK homeowners - nearly half (46%) say they’d definitely hire a tradeswoman, 43% have no preference and only 11% of UK homeowners say they’d prefer a tradesman. Almost one in three (29%) women in the UK also say they would feel safer hiring a tradeswoman to do a home improvement or maintenance job in their home. But the research highlights just how out of balance the industry is. Over half (11) of the 20 professions with the worst levels of representation of women in the UK are within the trades industry. Women make up less than 1% (0.99%) of carpenters and joiners in the UK, and less than 4% of electricians, plumbers, floorers and tilers are women. Across the 10 trades with the lowest representation of women, none of them have more than 5% of women in the workforce. To see the full research and the newest edition of the Rated People Home Improvement Trends Report, click here. 1 in 3 Women Experience Gender Discrimination In The Trades Industry 5. Get rid of your unwanted items for good There’s no excuse for holding onto your clutter when there are so many ways to get rid of it in an eco-friendly way. There are loads of different apps, social sites and websites where you can post your unwanted items and actually make money out of your things, if you don’t feel like passing them on for free. And, if your unwanted bits aren’t in a good state or you haven’t got time to sort through them then HIPPOBAGs are a brilliant solution! These fully recyclable skip bags are a completely hassle-free, eco-friendly alternative to the metal skip. They come in three handy flat-packed sizes so don’t take up valuable room outside your home until you need to use them and you can easily order them online or through the HIPPO App. Once you’ve filled your bag, HIPPO will take it away, contact-free, and ensure that over 95% of it is recycled for you, with the remainder disposed of ethically. What’s not to love? Gareth Lloyd-Jones, MD of HIPPO, comments: “At HIPPO, we are passionate about providing our customers with convenient, conscientious waste removal options. What’s more, with fly-tipping statistics in the UK continuing to rise*, we are excited about collaborating with Dilly Carter to encourage decluttering in a way that will benefit both householders and our environment. “Since establishing HIPPO in 2002, one of my key ambitions has been to provide a waste removal service that diverts as much waste from landfill as is entirely possible. Currently, that figure sits at over 95% with the remainder disposed of ethically. However, we continue to strive towards higher recycling and repurposing percentages, which includes campaigning for positive behaviour change among residents in the UK. Our work with Dilly is one way that we can do that.”
6 BUILD Q2 2022 Feb22461 Most Innovative Landscape Design/Build Firm - Durham Region & Client Service Excellence Award 2022 Established over six decades ago as a family-owned and operated business, Lloyd’s Landscape Contracting has been regarded as the Most Innovative Landscape Design/Build Firm and has been honoured with the Client Service Excellence Award of 2022. After many years of hard work and dedication in the industry, Lloyd’s changed from a full-service business to two separate companies in 2018. loyd’s Landscape Contracting is renowned for being a full-service design and build company and has been highly regarded within the industry since 1963. Handing projects from backyard patios to an entirely blissful and natural oasis, Lloyd’s serves the Durham Region and additional surrounding areas. The company surpasses industrystandard qualities and brings well-crafted experiences to their clients – carving memories that families and friends can enjoy for years on end. The original Lloyd’s Landscaping Ltd. business had decided to split into two separate entities in 2017. Lloyd’s Landscape Contracting could then focus on specialised services for each part of the business, essentially serving its clients with better care, quality and results. So, for example, as Lloyd’s (Landscape Contracting) concentrates on full design and build services, its sister business, Lloyd’s Ground Management Professionals, can focus on full-service ground maintenance. Lloyd’s proudly serves the general public in residential landscape construction with a decent amount of work being created by referrals of past customers and the travelling reputation of its quality and outstanding craft. Because of this, Lloyd’s has been able to differentiate itself from other potential competitors, providing several services that it can design and then build – a hassle-free project that Lloyd’s alone can handle without involving additional tradespeople. Lloyd’s is a full comprehensive landscape contractor that has gained rapid success in the industry heavily in part to the outstanding work of its employees. Landscape Manager Scott Lloyd expands on this, stating, “Our employees are essential in the product quality to every build. They know that making sure our clients are happy with the project at the end is the main goal. We are a close-knit group and spend most days together, so you could say we are like a family serving other families.” Like many businesses, Lloyd’s has encountered several challenges due to the effects of Covid-19, from product shortages to delays. Most significantly, the company has had to deal with discontinued products, otherwise utilised until they decreased in popularity and were since cut from production. Additionally, Lloyd’s has noticed a positive effect, with people looking to modernise their home and outdoor spaces. Scott L comments on this, stating, “The pandemic has been good and bad. Good in a way you can count on a lot of potential work coming in but bad in the fact you feel like your letting people down by not being able to help them.” However, looking to the future, Lloyd’s is planning a big change. As there is currently a rise in pool installations, the pandemic has given the company a significant opportunity to gain access to larger projects and, therefore, create additional intricate designs. From 1963 and beyond, Lloyd’s Landscape Contracting has been a family-owned and operated business, expanding, adapting and innovating through generations of hard work - impressively affecting clients in the Durham Region and its surrounding areas. Company Name: Lloyd’s Landscape Contracting Contact Name: Scott Lloyd Web Address: www.lloydslandscapecontracting.com Contact Email: [email protected] Lloyd’s Landscape Contracting
7 Q2 2022 BUILD Feb22085 Warming Homes, Not the Planet As the ‘Leading Designer and Manufacturer of Sustainable Insulation Solutions’ in 2022 for Lincoln, SuperFOIL has made itself a front-runner when it comes to providing insulating solutions that are both sustainable and effective. With its products being made of 40% recycled bottles, it prevents additional waste heading to landfill by using it in the insulation, as well as lessening the amount of new raw materials that need to be used up in the creation of its products. Selling everything from DIY insulating kits to insulating solutions for big roofing projects, it takes pride in working with clients and retail partners alike to reduce the use of plastic packaging and non-recyclable materials, hoping to make this an even more exemplary aspect of its business in the next 5 years. uperFOIL Insulation, the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of foil insulating products, has recently been able to enjoy the acclaim brought to it by being recognised as a leading designer and manufacturer in this year’s Build Awards. Nominally, the company’s range of insulation has been speaking for itself when it comes to both excellence and longevity. It has built up an exemplary catalogue of easy-to-fit DIY oriented products such as radiator reflectors, as well as products such as cavity closers, garage door insulation kits, pipe insulation, and the highest performing multifoil insulation on the market. Proud to be able to say this with certainty, SuperFOIL’s high performance is made all the more impressive by its sustainability. Critically, its insulations are 40% made up of recycled materials, namely recycled drinking bottles which go into the wadding; this reduced the amount of new, raw materials that need to be made and prevents waste from going to landfill, S allowing it to tread lightly on the environment as it goes about its business. SuperFOIL products are available across all manner of major retailers from Wickes to Yorkshire Trading Company and The Range, as well as wholesalers such as Travis Perkins, Harlow Timber Merchants, and Builder Depot. SuperFOIL, since its founding in 2007, has been continuing to live up to its promise of providing high-performance, costeffective insulation – building up a reputation for in-depth, personalised, and technically exemplary services – all whilst operating under the umbrella of the Boulder Development Group. The company aims to establish multifoil as the mainstream insulation source in the future, leading by example to show the rest of its industry just how much better for the environment and as an insulating resource it is. In everything from resistance to lifespan and effectiveness, multifoil beats the competition, and can help all manner of clients from homeowners wishing to boost energy efficiency to developers and builders. The SuperFOIL team also supports its clients in a comprehensive and holistic manner. Whether it’s during the initial meeting, the purchase, or after the installation, SuperFOIL is always ready to chat through any queries, comments, or concerns that a customer may have in order to allay their fears, its exemplary staff each knowing the products like the backs of their hands. Able to display this thorough knowledge at every turn, they have benefitted from rigorous training, and consistently pull together as a unit to help the company and its clients through challenges such as those presented by Brexit and Covid-19 both. With concerns over heating and energy bills rising, it is ready to step up to the plate for its market segment, gearing up for a busy year of making itself a trusted service provider and expert. Company: SuperFOIL Insulation Contact name - William Bown Website - www.superfoil.co.uk Number - 01636 639900 Email- [email protected]
8 BUILD Q2 2022 Feb22288 Aesthetic Beauty & Commerciality T2S Architecture Ltd is an RIBA registered architectural practice based in London, founded by ARB and RIBA registered architect, Tom Slater. T2S is a commercial practice which prides itself on delivering buildings of architectural merit which optimise clients’ requirements. The firm has deservingly earned the title of Leaders in Innovative and Creative Architecture, 2022 – London, so we got in touch with Tom to learn more. 2S Architecture strongly believes that good design can bridge between aesthetics and commerciality, and that good design creates buildings of aesthetic beauty which can be delivered in an efficient manner to merge both dynamics. Managing Director, Tom stated, “Our success, albeit in a short period of time, is reflected in our ability to apply good design principles to different building types.” He went on to say, “As a practice, we are passionate about sustainability, and we want to be at the cutting-edge of how the construction industry becomes more conscious of its impact on the planet. This impacts how we run this company, through to the construction methods we promote in our designs and our studio culture and ethos. We believe our measured and dignified persona evokes a sense of conviction and certainty which our clients relate with delivery, continuity and success.” So, who are T2S’ clients and how does it approach them? Tom said, “Our clients are mainly in the commercial sector in the wider London area. Often, we are approached to review the commercial potential of underdeveloped sites. At this stage, we assess the natural and built environment, along with the legal framework, to understand the general constraints of the site. This is particularly relevant in dense, urban environments where the buildings should be designed and sculpted to sit comfortably within their surroundings.” He continued, “It is probably rare for architects to state this, but the client is the most important person in the development process. The relationship we have with our clients is fundamental to our business model and is built on mutual respect. However, as architects, we are providing a service – and as part of this service, it is imperative that we conduct ourselves with dignity and, when required, offer articulate, measured and concise advice.” It is essential for architects to create buildings of aesthetic merit as this acts as a catalyst for future work, and this is the firm’s marketing strategy. But this must be considered against the commerciality and client deliverables. Tom told us, “I suspect a lot of architects believe a project is an opportunity for them to solely showcase their talents in a self-indulgent manner. T2S think differently. Achieving architectural beauty and client T deliverables/commerciality in the construction industry should not be seen as mutually exclusive. “Good design is not arbitrated solely by the aesthetics. Good design and beauty can be represented through efficiency and simplicity. As with all things in life, architecture should not be viewed in a purely superficial manner. The client objectives, constraints, and the delivery of the intended use should be balanced with the aesthetics if a building is to be judged accurately.” Vital to T2S’ operations is its team. Tom revealed that qualities T2S looks for in its staff are personality, drive, ambition and intelligence. He said, “With these qualities, anything is possible because the individual will inevitably have the correct attitude to constantly learn and improve. This is imperative for anyone who wants to succeed in the architectural profession.” Architecture is a very competitive field, which has been made evident through the number of TV programmes that now focus on architecture and development (albeit mostly domestic), whereby the process of creating buildings is covered within mainstream culture. This has given an extra kudos to good quality architecture whilst making it more accessible to a wider audience. This has inevitably led to an increased number of people experiencing and being inspired by architecture from a young age.
9 Q2 2022 BUILD On this basis, it is vital that, as a company, T2S brings people in who have this passion, drive and work ethic so it can stand out from the crowd. It wants people who are willing to hone their craft. Tom shared, “Recruitment is important to maintain a natural and dynamic internal culture in our office. We want our staff to believe in what we are doing as a company, as we believe this is ultimately the best type of motivation. It is also important to create an environment where people feel comfortable to take ownership of their own work. This leads to creating a sense of pride and responsibility. “We believe in the collective spirit – in order for this to thrive, people must feel they genuinely contribute to the collective. It is important that the office creates a sense of space which people can grow within to cultivate this sense of responsibility and learning. “Ultimately, the intention is that this spirit is manifested in our approach, our commitment, our attitude, and our architecture.” Having been set up during the COVID lockdown, this shaped T2S from inception, with a fully cloud-based system which is becoming more common in the industry and allows the team to work remotely. This also reduces the amount of equipment in the office which reduces outgoings and increases flexibility. The cloud-based system allows T2S to connect its server anywhere using wi-fi, and allows the team to access the latest version of the server when not connected to the internet. The biproduct of remote working, which can be applied to wider society, is the sense of isolation. Whilst the business has managed to grow in a relatively short period of time, the next phases of its development will be increasing its client base. Perhaps the culture of networking and social interaction will need to change as society becomes more accustomed to a remote/hybrid style of work/life balance. Indeed, T2S intends to continue delivering good quality architecture for its clients, which in turn it hopes will help the business keep growing. It is excited to be involved in the projects, Friern Park and Avenue Heights which are progressing onsite this year, both of which should be completed mid-2023. It will continue to update its social media followers on how these projects develop, having teamed up with a very talented photographer to help capture the progression of projects from start to finish with a view to improving the artistic quality of the business’ output. Tom commented, “We hope to use these projects, in addition to other exciting projects we are involved with, to showcase our creativity and skills to grow our contact base and business.” There are numerous exciting projects in the pipeline for T2S, one potentially being a headquarters in Peterborough, where the client wants to deliver flexible office space and training facilities in a new-build sustainable building. T2S is constantly reviewing its working methods internally to ensure it is efficient and at the cutting-edge of technology and process. BIM (Building Intelligent Modelling) is becoming more prevalent within the industry, but has not yet become a prerequisite in the private sector. Tom said, “In my experience, this is in part because the appointment process is more convoluted in the private sector, therefore there is less encouragement to generate information to this level at an early stage.” Equally, smaller projects which deal with extensions to existing buildings do not warrant such a level and quality of information. That said, T2S will aim to move more towards a BIM process in the next year on a project-to-project basis so that the skills can slowly permeate the office in a natural manner. The advantages of such processes are clear, as they encourage coordinating of information between the design team and reduce the amount of cross flow information between different programmes, which is less efficient. The firm also likes to keep on open mind for all methods of marketing strategies that are available in the industry. It wants to grow and is poised for the methods for doing so to change following the COVID pandemic. Company: T2S Architecture Ltd Contact: Tom Slater Email: [email protected] Website: www.t2sarchitecture.com
10 BUILD Q2 2022 Feb22199 Amari Property Consultants Ltd is an architectural and interior design studio which takes immense pride in offering its clients exceptional architectural and interior design solutions. It also offers a bespoke turn-key design and build service to clients who appreciate its imagination, attention to detail and are looking for a one-stop service. Having earned the title of Most Outstanding Luxury Architecture and Interior Design Studio, 2022 – London in this issue of BUILD magazine, we learn more about Amari. mari Property Consultants Ltd is a design-led creative studio headed by Robert Foote, a charted architect and interior designer. Rob graduated from the renowned UCL Bartlett School of Architecture with distinction and now specialises in interior/architectural design and implementation. With extensive experience and knowledge of all things propertyrelated, Robert and his team have designed and implemented wonderful homes in some of the UK’s most prestigious prime and super-prime locations. From Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Notting Hill and Holland Park in London to leafy Surrey and the home counties, Amari is dedicated to delivering the very best of design solutions possible. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea along with Westminster are therefore the London Boroughs it works in most. A large part of Amari’s work is the renovation and restoration of period or listed properties in and around the London area. Amari takes pride in listening to its clients’ wishes and creating a design brief and solution that surpasses their expectations whilst remaining on budget. The work is varied and spans multiple genres; the main thread that runs through Amari’s projects is the timeless sense of style and elegance that combines to create wonderful interiors and flowing buildings for its clients in amazing locations. Whether a private homeowner looking for a bespoke, tailored home, or a developer after a solution that delivers outstanding design within budget, Amari approaches the project with the same ethos and vigour. With core values of creativity, imagination, transparency, and professionalism, Amari delivers an outstanding value for money service and product every time. Amari realises that these days the construction industry can seem complex and terrifying to the uninitiated. Therefore, it helps guide clients through the process and provides a clear and transparent solution to fulfil and exceed their expectations. With this in mind, it believes that it is crucial for its clients to partner with a trusted professional such as itself from the beginning. Robert said, “Amari not only has vast and extensive knowledge of interior design solutions, but our architectural services are all-encompassing and A include planning new build, renovations, restorations, and listed buildings, to name a few. This enables us to offer a fullservice solution to the discerning client.” Interior design is Amari’s passion; when all is said and done, it is the interior of our homes where we spent most of our time and this reflects the firm’s goals and aspirations the most. This is why its team take great pride and pleasure in choosing and specifying beautiful products that go together to make a harmonious whole. Luxury Living in Modern Times
11 Q2 2022 BUILD To achieve its collective goal, Amari has over the years collaborated and partnered with some of the interior design industry’s leading suppliers. Whether the client’s preference is book matched marble, reclaimed French chateau chevron flooring, antique Georgian herringbone, minimalist Italian kitchens, frameless floor to ceiling glazing, or a hand-carved fireplace to match their period cornice, Amari has the tried and trusted supplier to make their dreams come true. Amari prides itself in being able to understand the importance of the client’s wishes and translates them into reality. It therefore works closely with the client and numerous specialist professionals to create imaginative and creative interior design solutions that combine to produce a delightful and unique living environment. In addition to pen-to-paper design, Amari has access to some of the top and best-known interior and furnishings brands so it can help create a complete view of the interior of the client’s new home and furnishings. With over 25 years’ experience in the industry, Rob Foote and his team can help with all aspects of a client’s remodelling requirements. While these past few years have been challenging for all concerned in the construction industry, Amari has been extremely lucky; workflow has remained steady, even rising in the last 18 months or so. However, the main issue it found was the supply chain and getting products delivered to the site. This meant constant supervision of project timescales and sequencing of trades on-site to try and minimise the impact of any possible delay. An unexpected benefit was the fact that a lot of the firm’s new clients decided to do extensive renovations and additions to their homes over the period rather than move, or because of the additional time, they had to plan any potential work. Now, Amari is focused on its plans for 2022 and beyond, where it will carry on doing what it is doing but with a greater number of clients. Rob said, “We already have some amazing projects on the drawing board at the start of the year and we hope this will continue. The goal is to grow, keeping to our core values and to ensure that quality and value, if anything, gets better. One desire is to push our design and build option. The design and build solution was born out of our clients not having the time or inclination to oversee the now complex and difficult whole lifecycle process relating to a construction project. This led to our D&B offering with trusted construction partners helping deliver the solutions. This area now accounts for over three-quarters of our commissions.” All-in-all, Amari is feeling optimistic about the future as it moves forward through 2022 and onwards, allowing it to continue servicing new and existing clients with imaginative and exceptional homes. Company: Amari Property Consultants Ltd Contact: Robert Foote 0797 401 6844 Email: [email protected] Website: www.amari-london.com
12 BUILD Q2 2022 Jan22256 The German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) is a non-profit organisation based in Germany. It was founded in 2007 with the aim of making sustainable building the standard in the construction and real estate industry. n 2015, the Paris Climate Agreement was signed. Even today, the construction sector is one of the largest CO2 emitters and waste producers, and many buildings are constructed without taking people and the environment into account. Instead of renegotiating at every upcoming climate conference or waiting for technologies of the future, the DGNB’s motto is ‘Start now!’ The knowledge is there, the tools are there. Climate-positive buildings can be constructed today that are in harmony with people and the environment. The DGNB is an association with more than 1,500 members from all kinds of sectors, including architects, specialist planners, universities, building product manufacturers and industrial companies. In cooperation with this diverse expertise, it has developed the DGNB certification system, which makes sustainable building plannable, measurable and realisable. It reads as a catalogue of criteria that shows the necessary levers for sustainable building during the planning and construction process, but also during the operation of buildings. Today, around 9,000 awards have been granted with it worldwide. Certification is possible for new buildings as well as for existing buildings and their operational optimisation. It can be applied to all types of use, from offices and logistics halls to apartment buildings, and also to entire neighbourhoods. Moreover, it is possible for all phases of the lifecycle. Since its beginning, the DGNB certification system has been firmly anchored in the topics of climate protection, circular economy, human health, and much more, which are now slowly emerging in political discourse and gradually finding their way into regulations. Building owners opt for certification in order to have a demonstrably sustainable building that ensures quality throughout the entire construction process, through the operating phase to subsequent deconstruction, and at the same time takes all dimensions of sustainability into account. The DGNB system is considered the most comprehensive and ambitious certification system in the world. It takes equal account of all three pillars of sustainability (ecology, economy and sociocultural). In addition, process issues, technical aspects and site conditions are taken into account. It also differs in that it is performance-oriented. This means that it is not the individual measure that counts, but the goal that is to be achieved. So, if a measure is implemented that is supposed to save CO2 emissions, the CO2 balance is what counts in the end. Last but not least, the DGNB certification system considers the entire building lifecycle like no other. This approach presents problems from being shifted to a future lifecycle process. I Now, it’s time to tap into the knowledge base that the DGNB has been cultivating with experts for 15 years and tackle the required climate and environmental goals in the construction and real estate sectors. The German Sustainable Building Council is Europe’s largest network for sustainable building with system partnerships in Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and Croatia. Worldwide, more than 6,000 people have been trained as experts in sustainable construction in 45 countries through the training platform, the DGNB Academy. The DGNB is pleased with its team of more than 60 employees. They are all united by the common goal of making the construction industry more sustainable, and by the will to improve, which are the organisations’ greatest success factors. This spirit characterises the work at the DGNB, with its people living an open culture with flat hierarchies and diverse work models depending on life situations. Beyond the office, the DGNB has a large number of volunteers who pass on their knowledge in expert committees. Ultimately, last year made it clearly noticeable that the demand for sustainability is increasing. Never before has the increase in new members and the request for certification been so high. The driving force here has been society for years, but also the European Commission, which is exerting pressure for more sustainable economy. Company: German Sustainable Building Council Contact: Pia Hettinger Email: [email protected] Website: www.dgnb.de/en/ Best Sustainable Building Network NPO Dr Christine Lemaitre, CEO of the DGNB
13 Q2 2022 BUILD Tomorrow’s Workspaces, Today’s Design Ultraconfidentiel Design, a company that has won a myriad of awards over the years, has secured the title of ‘South East Asia’s Best Creative Architecture and Design Firm, 2022’ as yet another accolade under its belt. From the Stevie Awards ‘international business awards’ company of the year by IBA in 2021 to being included in India’s Top 30 Architects – the Bold Club 2021 – for Forbes India, its achievements have been multiple and varied. This has all been made possible by its expert team and the deep dedication to creating spaces of international excellence that runs through every stage of its process, trusted by many to envision a workplace that fits the changing modern epoch. s a design firm specialising in design and build projects for leading companies, Ultraconfidentiel Design has made itself a front runner of creativity, discretion, and innovation in the heart of New Delhi. With additional offices in Mumbai, Bangalore, Colombo, and Lille, its efforts are focused on high end projects for businesses such as innovative offices, experience centres, hospitality venues, and boutique retail chains. It is a multi-disciplinary community focused on design and built projects that range from the architectural to including space planning, premium interiors, furniture, and intricate details. In short, it focuses on breathing life into the visions of its clientele. With its global, turkney, and conceptually impeccable solutions, it takes a client from the very first consultation right through to design process and then to construction. Holistically, this includes technical development and production, as it wishes to maintain a close collaboration with stakeholders throughout the process, resulting in a construction that becomes a labour of love for both Ultraconfidentiel Design and its clients, as well as all other professionals involved. Ultraconfidentiel Design has plied this trade for over 150 different projects now, serving A Jan22106 clients who have each walked away satisfied, and boasting the good graces of international companies such as Microsoft and Rolex as a result of the excellence with which it conducts itself. Additionally, inspiring its customers with taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary, it believes in a 360-degree design process. Emboldened by understanding, imagination, and showcasing, it uses rigorous design process to ensure every detail is paid special attention to. It also ensures that each prestigious project it works on has the exceptional result it deserves, covering spaces of at least a minimum of 10,000 square feet as standard. Critically, by operating in a way that prioritises this strict dedication to outstanding work for outstanding companies, it adds significant value to that business’s resulting construction just by having the name of Ultraconfidentiel Design behind it, and each of its staff maintain this reputation with their stunning efforts. Their universally renowned excellence – and individual prowess – has built a team of people capable of efficient and minimalist design, an uncompromising look at the quality of the projects delivered, and a firm commitment to keeping budgets tight and deadlines accurate. During the past 18 months, it has been their tenacity helping Ultraconfidentiel Design adapt to the ‘new normal’. Having released its first e-paper in August of 2020, Ultraconfidentiel Design worked hard to develop ‘the workplace of the future’ in order to help its clients adapt to changing paradigms of what the modern office should look like, and looks forward to applying these new findings to future projects. These principles will be informing its upcoming structures, built both from nature and human tenacity, ushering in the new age where indoor spaces must cater to all aspects of working life. Company: Ultraconfidentiel Design Contact: Anita Somasundaram Website: ultraconfidentiel.com
14 BUILD Q2 2022 Dec21182 Properties Powered by Imagination ARCO Developments has recently earned itself accreditation as the ‘Best Property Development Firm’ in 2021 for London for a myriad of successful, innovative, and bespoke property construction efforts. From grade 2 listed buildings to new builds, its efforts combine imagination and an intensive attention to detail in order to shape the future of the construction industry writ large. Ensuring that all of its projects are emboldened first and foremost by the needs and wants of the client, it applies its expert guiding hand in order to create reliably outstanding work that its clients will be able to have great pride in for years. or ARCO Developments, ‘detail is the difference’. Being one of the most imaginative and ingenuity focused businesses on the property market, it prides itself on the ability to come up with bold solutions for challenges old and new, enticing potential purchasers from all walks of life and making developments work flawlessly. Fundamentally, it is never one to waste an opportunity to be a catalyst for positive change, and it uses this dedication to help make it a front-runner in its industry, securing itself as one of the businesses driving the shape of the property market as the world adapts to the post-pandemic age. As far as ARCO Developments is concerned, every construction could benefit from a little more imagination. A large part of this is its dedication to creating a sense of identity. Nominally, it works by creating its projects in collaboration with a client – instead of in isolation from them – allowing a labour of love to grow between them that will inevitably create something masterful. In conjunction with architects, designers, and local experts, it will ensure that a project has benefitted from an intensive information gathering stage in which all possible angles will be interrogated, allowing for an intensive appraisal and stress test of each project from top to bottom. This, in essence, means that each professional working on it will have a comprehensive understanding of the construction project at hand and associated risk management by the time the actual build comes to pass, making for a fully informed team who are aware of exactly what their roles are within the build. Its creative mind, formed by its exemplary staff, also allow it to explore ideas and details that other firms may look past. It will never dismiss any idea out of hand; instead, it is always excited to pool the different ideas and perspectives of all involved, both in its own team and in the professionals it works with, forging a melting pot of viewpoints that gives the project a more nuanced perspective. Therefore, it has never produced a standard development in its lifetime, instead producing innovative and front-running constructions that withstand the test of time and perfectly fit F the purpose they were built to satisfy. This is what sets ARCO Developments apart from its peers. In addition, its creativity goes hand in hand with its attention to detail in terms of what sets it head and shoulders above the rest; from the most minute bolt to the last line on a blueprint, everything will be given the due diligence it deserves, bringing a completeness and a sense of satisfaction to a build that its clients can rely on. Its reviews speak to this too, with many of its clients noting appreciation of how it will never overlook even the most specific of clients needs, using a holistic approach to design to think of
15 Q2 2022 BUILD Additionally, with projects such as Century House Watford and Astera Mews in Barnet, it has been able to show its ability to create a lighter, more open frontier. Both of these constructions boast a creative use of windows and levels, resulting in a welcoming and modern aesthetic that promises well-lit interiors and cuts an impressive figure against its surrounding landscape. It has been applying these concepts and many more during its current projects, such as the Fountain House in Welwyn Garden City and Warwick House in Cockfosters, excited to be able to unveil the latter construction project upon its completion in Autumn of this year. With the exemplary efforts of its team and the full support of its clients past and present, it is easy to see what has secured this company pre-eminence in the field of bespoke constructions and architecture. Its ingenuity, innovation, and love of a challenge it something its clients appreciate at every turn, and with many of them going on to leave it glowing reviews or recommend it through word of mouth to friends, family, and peers, it predicts that it will be able to continue to enjoy its current naturalistic growth long into the future. Company: ARCO Developments Contact: Deme Paliouras Website: arcodevelopments.com Oct21475 every challenge that a client might face in a space and resolving these accordingly to outstanding effect. Nominally, this shows its deep respect for the client’s investment. It knows that a property is an expensive investment, and thus it wishes to make sure that the home it creates will be one that puts a smile on its client’s face every day without fail. Therefore, before it even begins a project there are countless hours of planning and discussion that happen between its team of architects and interior designers, each of whom carry the ARCO Developments stamp of approval for their own personal work and whom it is honoured to be able to work with. Ensuring each element comes together to form a special kind of synergy, it works hard to make the pride that goes into its work the core connective tissue, its portfolio boasting a wide variety of different builds that showcase this in all manner of different ways. For instance, one of its notable projects was Hackney, a grade 2 listed building that was a former German hospital. Since then, ARCO Developments was brought on board to help its owners transform it into 16 luxury residential apartments, maintaining the historical charm of the façade whilst totally retrofitting the interior to fit the wants and needs of modern inhabitants, resulting in a beautifully restored building. Both a stunning re-imagination of the architecture of the past and a modern living space that fits seamlessly around the contemporary lives of its current occupants, Hackney is just one example of an exemplary project made possible by the guiding hand of ARCO Developments.www.build-review.com