We’ve worked hard to recruit some of the most experienced global talent from the world of design, build, construction and project management. And, each month, we put one of our colleagues in the spotlight so you can learn a little more about their role…
Next up, it’s finance manager Behzad Tabriz.
As a finance manager in Milan, I am responsible for ensuring projects are completed within budget, and to the client’s exact specifications. Putting my architectural background to good use, I am able to decipher technical drawings and specifications to understand the financial implications, and make educated decisions about expenditure, from conception to completion.
Its international workforce. When I first started at Agilité, I was struck by the diverse range of cultures and backgrounds among the team. Each person is able to offer a unique perspective.
Iran will always hold a special place in my heart, and I had my very first architectural job there, where I learned so much about the nuances of the industry. Another highlight would be working in a pioneering architectural practice in Milan, as the experience I built in this role was truly priceless.
Starting my role at Agilité.
A historical building with lots of original features and a good story.
I love spending time in nature, getting away from the busy city life, and being surrounded by trees, mountains, and water.
I am a firm believer in standing up for what you believe in — from informal conversations to political protests. Sustainability seems to have become a misunderstood term in recent years, with many people believing the environmental crisis will not impact them directly. I would like to see people from all backgrounds, and across all generations, take a stand, and prioritise sustainability, for the good of our planet, and its people.
October is over, and with the winter months closing in, we take a look at the hard work our international teams have been carrying out, as well as what’s been keeping them busy outside of working hours…
It’s fantastic to see members of the team taking time out of their busy schedules to catch up offsite. We’re looking forward to revealing what our colleagues have been working on.
Congratulations to the team for their excellent work on the vibrant retail store in Giverny, which was handed over to the merchandising team ahead of the opening day, earlier in the month.
A challenging project, but the result is something we can all be very proud of.
Months of dedication have culminated in success! General Motors' Cadillac has inaugurated its premier experience center, Cadillac City, nestled in the heart of Zurich's famed Bahnhofstrasse in Switzerland.
Agilité takes immense pride in contributing to the realisation of this remarkable vision. Spanning two floors, the center features multiple showrooms showcasing the esteemed automotive brand. Visitors can anticipate test drives, explore purchasing options, and gain insights into the vehicle's design and cutting-edge technology, all curated and guided by experts at Cadillac City.
Kudos to our team! Stay tuned for updates on the exciting developments of GM spaces on the horizon.
It’s non-stop work for the Agilité team at this major athletic apparel retail space, as some have been working the night shift to deliver the impressive works. We can’t wait to see the final result.
As September draws to a close, we take a look at what our commercial interiors teams have been getting up to around the globe.
Members of the Luxembourg division headed to Schueberfouer — the largest funfair in the country — earlier this month. From settling into the bumper cars to sampling the nation’s speciality dish, ‘Gromperekichelcher’, it was fantastic to spend quality time outside of HQ.
The French team began on a new project in Brussels at the start of the month, assembling scaffolding in preparation for the upcoming work on a new retail/hospitality/office space.
We’re looking forward to revealing the final result.
Members of the Agilité team travelled north to Oslo, Norway last week, to discuss a very exciting construction project with the client and landlord. We’ll be divulging more information about the high-profile development, so stay tuned for the big reveal soon...
In a joint venture with interior designer, Liaigre, Agilité’s project manager, Hani Benbrahim oversaw the selection of marble slabs for a client in Giverny with our subcontractor Duriez.
The collaboration has been a true meeting of minds, and we hope to team up again in the future.
A brand new store has been unveiled on Oxford Street, London. The football club, Paris Saint-Germain’s, first UK retail space was delivered by Agilité’s UK division and is now welcoming browsers and football fanatics over the threshold in the thriving shopping district.
Great work from all involved!
Every month, we like to celebrate one of our hardworking, talented colleagues by inviting them into the hotseat to get to know them a little better.
September’s focus was Paris-based construction manager Aurore Lossier, discussing her dream client, Diptyque, her vision for the reuse of waste materials in construction, and her favourite place in the world to have worked so far.
Find out more about Aurore, here.
As we draw a line under the past month, we’re looking forward to seeing what October will bring for our pan-European team.
At Agilité, we’re hyper aware of the knock-on impact construction can have on the oceans and our planet’s water, which isn’t something that can be left unchecked. That’s why we’re proactively working towards reducing those negative impacts in our own operations and services.
What’s more, we’ve also committed to donating 2% of our profits each year to help projects which we believe can help the building industry be more sustainable.
So, to celebrate all things socially conscious, help share tips for smarter environmental thinking, and remind each other just how much our impact matters, we’re inviting friends of the business to take part in our quickfire Q&A.
Next up, it’s Hannah Bellamy, UK managing director of Agilité beneficiary, charity: water…
My role is to bring the biggest clean water charity in the US over to the United Kingdom. Our mission is to ensure every person on the planet has access to clean, sanitary water. We support rural communities in countries that are low on the UN’s Human Development Index. In many locations, people already face a changing climate, so providing sustainable access to safe drinking water is one small change we can make to help remote communities adapt and be more resilient in the future.
The level of transparency. Everyone who donates knows what their money is being used for — whether it’s into sustainable clean water projects or an investment into our team and operations.
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by Daft Punk. Not because I succeed in doing things better each day, but because, as a whole organisation, we really try. The global water crisis isn’t something we can tackle with complacency. We want to help more people, faster, and with better technology, for long-term change. It also makes for a great work soundtrack.
Globally, a lack of clean water and sanitation is the leading killer of children under five. It’s also a problem we know how to fix. We just need more people to care, to believe, and to invest.
The renewable energy sector has the potential to achieve significant social progress. With an increasing global awareness of climate change and the need to transition to sustainable energy sources, advancements in renewable energy technologies and infrastructure can lead to reduced greenhouse gas emissions and a more environmentally-friendly future.
How lucky I was to have parents who shared their love for — and peace in — nature with me and my sisters.
Thinking that any one person - especially one who isn’t a scientist or peer-reviewed - can answer this question.
I wish the political narrative wasn’t about short-term change and promoting individual heroes. True change takes hard work and collective action. I would launch a hearts and minds campaign, highlighting that 1 in 11 people around the world don’t have access to clean water, and that it’s an issue we know how to fix if we work together.
…every single person has clean, safe water to drink.
In a bid to manage projects more efficiently and provide an exemplary standard of work to our client base, Agilité began using cloud-based construction project management software, Procore in 2020.
Here, we delve into the reasons why…
Used in over 150 countries worldwide — and dispelling the notion that construction is one of the least digitised industries — Procore provides users with the building tools to manage risk, grow profits, and ensure data is secure, all the while boosting productivity and performance. Centred around one true, connected platform, all information is housed in a single app, granting users access and insight into everything happening throughout a project’s life cycle.
Before Procore, we relied on traditional methods of project management, which were time-consuming and sometimes prone to errors. We also communicated with clients and subcontractors exclusively via email and telephone, which often led to misinterpretations and delays in project completion. As a result, we recognised the need for a more efficient and collaborative approach.
Since this partnership began, Procore has not only helped Agilité to streamline our project management processes, it has also allowed us to improve communication and collaborate more effectively with clients and subcontractors alike. Team members are able to manage projects anywhere, at any time — a real bonus for our pan-European organisation. Benefitting from full visibility of a project, colleagues are permitted to swiftly identify potential issues and take corrective action before they escalate even further.
Commenting on the transition, our project manager Zeid Shehadeh noted: “Today, everything happens on the platform — from the call for tenders, through to the final delivery of a project. We are now much more efficient, as all of the information we work with — both internally and externally — is stored and accessible in one place.
"We try to use Procore for all aspects of the site project, and every day we go from strength to strength, thanks to the regular integration of new tools to the platform. For us, one of the major advantages of Procore has been to unite our teams around projects so that they run as smoothly as possible. We’re looking forward to our continued exploration of this powerful tool and its many integrations.”
We’ve worked hard to recruit some of the most experienced global talent from the world of design, build, construction and project management.
And, each month, we put one of our colleagues in the spotlight so you can learn a little more about their role…
Next up, it’s Aurore Lossier…
In my role as construction manager, I oversee and coordinate everything happening on an Agilité site. While ensuring seamless collaboration across teams, I also arrange and lead meetings directly with the client to discuss ongoing works. This position requires meticulous planning to ensure the project constantly aligns with the original brief.
Patient, creative, or eager-to-succeed.
The nurturing and creative atmosphere, which allows colleagues to advance and thrive in their roles. Each team member is a multi-tasker, which means we can offer clients a full-service approach and maintain a comprehensive view of the project at hand.
In the heart of Paris, within the renowned "Marais" district, I worked on a retail project for a company specializing in skincare, haircare, and body care. This company operated within the 3rd district.
Simultaneously overseeing multiple complex fitout projects.
The luxury fragrance brand, Diptyque's aesthetic has always inspired and interested me. The opportunity to work on a retail construction project for them would be a huge achievement.
Collaborate with Agilité, as we have the expertise and passion to create innovative solutions and new materials that may not have been considered before.
Travelling or visiting an art exhibition.
I would love to see the company expand its geographical footprint even more extensively, meeting new clients, and completing more successful projects for world-leading brands across the globe.
Sadly, construction waste has a huge impact on the environment. I would like to see more initiatives to reuse waste materials to create something new again. This is something I’m seeing more of in the art world. In my own spare time, I gave some old electrical cable reels a new lease of life. Perhaps we can see more of this upcycling happen on a much larger scale in the future…
(These are my creations 😉 : old electrical cable reel) .
As we approach the end of the summer period, we took a look back at what our various commercial interiors teams have been getting up to around the globe.
Take a sneak peek behind the scenes of this open plan fit-out, currently being overseen and managed by our Italian team.
We can’t wait to see the finished product.
It was great to see another completion for our sports retailer client, Lids, this time in Amsterdam.
Sports fans will be able to browse displays of the latest merchandise and clothing in the Dutch capital.
There was no stopping the Amsterdam team in August, as they also completed the outfitting of Lululemon’s latest store.
Congratulations and job well done to all involved.
As a part of our ever-growing international team, each month we celebrate a colleague and put them in the hotseat to get to know them a little better.
In August, the focus was on our newly-appointed UK country head, Daniel Hunt, as he shared what his new role entails, who his dream client would be, and his favourite places in the world to have worked.
Get to know Daniel, here.
And with that, the last quarter of the year upon us, and we look forward to what’s next in store for the team.
We’ve worked hard to recruit some of the most experienced global talent from the world of design, build, construction, and project management.
And, each month, we put one of our colleagues in the spotlight so you can learn a little more about their role…
Next up, it’s our recently appointed UK country head, Daniel Hunt.
As the newly instated UK country head, I am responsible for growing the UK business and establishing a sustainable structure made up of happy and ambitious Agilité employees!
It’s early days, but I would like to think they already see me as a dedicated member of the team.
Its unwavering commitment to doing the right thing — whether through B Corp initiatives or the way we treat clients, colleagues, and partners.
It’s hard to pick, so some special places would be Monte Carlo, Skorpios Island in Greece, Tokyo, Abu Dhabi. If pressed for a favourite, it would have to be Sipan Island, northwest of Dubrovnik.
Maintaining a happy team that wants to progress and develop. Watching younger colleagues rise through the business to take on more senior roles has always given me particular satisfaction.
Liverpool Football Club calling to discuss a new fitout of the Kop!
Allow yourself time to do the due diligence.
Carshalton Athletic Football Club, watching my two girls play or train.
A number of exciting new projects and further growth opportunities.
There has been lots of environmental progress in the industry recently, however, some key challenges lie ahead.
Increasingly demanding legislation around energy efficiency in the UK will have a dramatic effect on existing office space and how usage is controlled in ageing buildings. This will hopefully have a positive impact, not only on energy consumption when the building is in use, but also the way spaces are optimised to perform as efficiently as possible. Agilité’s teams will be required to speak from an informed position on these matters, so high level training should be put in place to address this subject with authority.
And that’s a wrap — July is over and what a month it's been.
With projects won, others approaching completion, and everything in between, there’s a lot to catch up on from the past few weeks…
Our colleagues in Milan gathered under the summer sun to celebrate a series of successful project completions and enjoy a stand up comedy performance at WeWork.
The team recently wrapped up on this technical project for a well-known American athletic brand. The event presented a few challenges, but our colleagues worked hard for a fantastic end result. Well done all round.
Every month, we celebrate our international team by inviting a colleague into the hotseat to get to know them a little better.
July’s focus was Germany-based construction manager, Stephen Murray, as he shared a favourite place he’s worked, how he spends his free time, and a career highlight to date.
Get to know more about Stephen, here.
Congratulations to everyone involved with the completion of the interior outfitting for a well-known car brand in France.
A beautiful project for a pioneering brand.
The latest announcement in a series of project wins is a 650 sqm showroom in Milan, Italy. The Agilité team is very excited to get stuck in and begin work in the vibrant capital city.
Stay tuned for more updates.
Some of our Italian colleagues joined the team for a social gathering in France, and not even the rain could dampen their spirits.
Maria Luisa Daglia, country head (Italy), had the privilege of attending the esteemed birthday event at the duo of extraordinary venues Villa Mirabello in Milan and the rooftop of the Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas in Rome.
See all the highlights.
A new home for Hogan Lovells
Congratulations to the Agilité team for work on the recently-completed Hogan Lovells project in Brussels.
The modern 2,000 m2 office in the Belgian capital is all set to house around 44 employees. We’re delighted with the final result.
That’s a wrap, and with July coming to an end, we look forward to what August has to offer.
As we continue to bolster Agilité's global footprint across France, Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, and the UK, we are delighted to announce our newest appointment.
To find out more about our recruit, read the official press release below.
International commercial interiors specialist Agilité has marked its continued growth with the appointment of a new country head for the UK. The news comes in line with the company surpassing its fifth year of trading, with 2023 turnover expected to exceed €50 million.
Daniel Hunt will be stepping into the role of country head for Agilité’s UK division. As a former regional director of multi-disciplinary construction company Aecom, Daniel brings decades of industry experience working in the retail, leisure, commercial fit-out, public, and residential sectors, and has a proven track record of delivering successful budgetary control, project management, and quantity surveying services for clients across the country.
This recent appointment reflects Agilité’s commitment to bolstering its already established UK presence. Daniel will play a leading role in achieving these goals, where he will be responsible for cementing team structures, and managing UK delivery targets in a way that mirrors the Paris-headquarters’ operations overseas.
With other existing bases in Luxembourg, Milan, and Berlin, as well as a planned expansion into the US, the London evolution comes as Agilité chalks up its 235th project since its inception in January 2018 – delivered across 11 countries.
Agilité’s burgeoning client portfolio includes brands such as Lids/NBA, END., Lululemon, Big Mamma, Savills, LVMH, Booking.com, Deutsche Börse, and The Instant Group, as well as several major multinationals in the tech and finance sectors.
Enhancing the UK base marks a natural progression in Agilité’s international growth — offering a myriad of valuable opportunities to the organisation as it looks to secure new contracts, build new relationships, and continue to grow its diverse client portfolio in the English capital.
Commenting on his new role, Daniel said: “I’m delighted to be joining Agilité as the country head for the UK. I’ve always admired the business for its commitment to sustainability and an innate ability to deliver complex and dynamic projects — so it’s really exciting to be playing such a central role in expanding the organisation in the UK.
“Joining the UK business for the next stage of its evolution will help us take advantage of the numerous opportunities on offer and begin work on new projects for world-leading brands. I look forward to meeting the rest of the team and building upon what is already an innovative, pioneering organisation.”
Speaking on the announcement, Agilité’s founder and MD, Neil Coales, added: "Our vision has always remained the same — an unwavering pursuit of quality to support our clients’ growth plans. Part of this strategy has seen us establish a truly pan-European business that is operational in multiple locations for a range of customers — providing flexible and agile end-to-end service to meet the varying demands of our clients’ business needs.
“So, as we push ahead on our next chapter of success, it’s important that we focus on identifying locations and opportunities that best support our clients, and the strong supply chains we’re establishing along the way.
“I am delighted with Daniel’s appointment,” Neil continued. “And the bolstered UK base means we’ll have the means and resources to compete with other notable firms in our space.”The augmentation of the European company — which provides office, retail, and hospitality construction and fit-out work across the continent — follows 30% year-on-year growth and an increased company-wide headcount of 75.
With the first half of 2023 coming to a close, June brought us some summer sun and full schedules.
Take a look at some of the things that we’ve been up to over the past month…
It was time to put some of the Agilité team in front of the camera, as they journeyed to client McArthurGlen’s site in Dounais for a filming project — with the help of TimeLapse Go.
Operations director, Galia Minkara, project manager, Hani Benbrahim, and assistant project manager, Michale Nassar were in attendance along with construction managers Sébastien Benoit, and Aurore Lossier, all shared their experiences in working on the multi-space transformation project.
We’re very excited to see the final result!
Find out more about our other projects, here.
With an international team at Agilité, we like to give one of our colleagues the chance to introduce themselves.
Last month, it was accounting assistant, Fabio Duarte’s, turn to step into the spotlight — talking about his dream client, what he does outside of work, and the biggest challenge he thinks the construction industry is facing.
Get to know more about Fabio, here.
June 5 saw the annual celebration of World Environment Day, with this year’s theme being #BeatPlasticPollution.
Here at Agilité, we recognise that the construction industry needs to evolve to integrate more sustainable working practices.
Download our new manifesto, that shows our commitment to sustainability and environmental, social and governance (ESG), now.
We’ve worked hard to recruit some of the most experienced global talent from the world of design, build, construction, and project management.
Each month, we put one of our colleagues in the spotlight so you can learn a little more about their role…
Next up, it’s Stephen Murray, construction manager in Germany.
As a construction manager, I oversee and manage new retail and commercial projects mainly throughout Germany, and other parts of Europe if required.
Agilité puts a lot of time and effort into supporting and growing its team, which in turn fosters loyalty among colleagues who are dedicated and committed to the company — and very importantly — its client base. Agilité is also a well structured and managed organisation that is committed to successful project results that are delivered on time and within the client’s budget.
Working at the Mitsubishi shipyard in Nagasaki fitting out the AIDAprima. The cruise ship was 300 metres long and 40 metres high. I especially enjoyed working among so many different cultures — it felt like a city on water!
To have been granted the opportunity at a very young age to be the site construction manager on an 18 storey office and car park project, starting from the ground up in my home town of Perth, Australia. I worked closely with my two mentors — the construction owner and the senior construction manager — who really boosted my confidence and allowed me to strive forward.
A well-known global client who is honest, trustworthy, and seeks the professionalism that I know my team can deliver from start to finish.
Do your full and comprehensive exercise of care and feasibility on the project to safeguard against any surprises, such as unplanned construction impediments and cost blow-outs.
Most likely on a beach enjoying the salt water.
Agilité will continue to strengthen its home bases around Europe, as well as maintaining and improving its reputation among new and prospective customers. We will also potentially expand into other parts of the world where opportunity beckons.
The industry needs to be made more aware of the bigger picture with more thorough planning, costs, and time allocated for, plus discussions through education.
One example out of many is that we need to provide waste containers for certain materials to be recycled. For me, water pollution is a key area, as many sites don’t consider ‘wash out’ points. This lack of care can kill plant life and make it difficult to sustain landscaping, along with contaminating waterways. One simple practice can be introduced on every site with a huge impact.
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