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…

Catching up with Hannah Bellamy, of charity: water

Where do you fit into the environmental sector? Tell us a little bit about your role at 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.

 

What made you decide to join charity: water? 

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. 

 

What song perfectly sums up your working day? 

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. 

 

Tell us a fact about water that you think people need to know:

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. 

 

Which sector do you think could achieve significant social progress this year?

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.

 

What do you wish you’d known about the environment, as a child?

How lucky I was to have parents who shared their love for — and peace in — nature with me and my sisters. 

 

What’s the single biggest threat to mankind, in your opinion?

Thinking that any one person - especially one who isn’t a scientist or peer-reviewed - can answer this question. 

 

If you were prime minister for the day, what’s the one thing you’d implement? 

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.

 

Complete the sentence – in 100 years’ time, I hope… 

…every single person has clean, safe water to drink.

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. 

 

On the road with Agilité in August - Work in progress for a global financial management firm

Work in progress for a global financial management firm 

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. 

 

On the road with Agilité in August - Keeping the movement going with Lids in Amsterdam

Keeping the movement going with Lids in Amsterdam 

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. 

 

On the road with Agilité in August - Lululemon Amsterdam

Lululemon Amsterdam 

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. 

 

On the road with Agilité in August - Meet the new UK country head for Agilité — Daniel Hunt

Meet the new UK country head for Agilité — Daniel Hunt 

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. 

To keep up to date with our colleagues and projects, follow us on LinkedIn and Instagram. 

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.

1. Describe your job in one paragraph

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!

2. Which one word would colleagues use to describe you? 

It’s early days, but I would like to think they already see me as a dedicated member of the team. 

3. Why do you think Agilité stands out from competitors? 

Its unwavering commitment to doing the right thing — whether through B Corp initiatives or the way we treat clients, colleagues, and partners. 

4. You have worked in some amazing places around the world. Which has been your favourite?

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. 

5. What’s your biggest career highlight to date? 

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.

6. The phone rings and it’s your dream client… who is it? 

Liverpool Football Club calling to discuss a new fitout of the Kop!

7. What key piece of advice would you give to a client planning a commercial interiors project?

Allow yourself time to do the due diligence. 

8. When you’re not at work, where are we most likely to find you? 

Carshalton Athletic Football Club, watching my two girls play or train.

9. What’s next for Agilité? 

A number of exciting new projects and further growth opportunities. 

10. As an organisation with sustainability at its heart, Agilité is dedicated to minimising environmental impact within the construction industry. What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the sector, and how do you think we can rectify it?

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… 

 

On the Road with Agilité in July

The picture of work/life balance for the Italian team  

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.  

 

On the Road with Agilité in July

Transforming an event space for a global sports retailer

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.  

 

On the Road with Agilité in July

It’s Stephen Murray’s turn in the team spotlight

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. 

 

On the Road with Agilité in July

Handing over the keys to a luxury car brand 

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.  

 

On the Road with Agilité in July

Redefining spaces in… Milan

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. 

 

On the Road with Agilité in July

Sheltering from the showers

Some of our Italian colleagues joined the team for a social gathering in France, and not even the rain could dampen their spirits.  

 

On the Road with Agilité in July

Celebrating seventeen years of Associazione Real Estate Ladies (AREL) 

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 

 

On the Road with Agilité in July

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. 

To keep up to date with our team and projects, follow us on LinkedIn and Instagram. 

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…

 

Agilité visit McArthur Glen

Lights, camera, Agilité

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.

 

Meet Fabio Duarte, accounting assistant for Agilité

Meet Fabio Duarte, accounting assistant for Agilité

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.

 

Celebrating World Environment Day with Agilité's new ESG manifesto

Celebrating World Environment Day with our new ESG manifesto

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.

 

What an exciting month! We can’t wait to see what’s to come in the next six months. To keep up to date with our team and projects, follow us on LinkedIn and Instagram.

May was a busy month for the whole Agilité team, with site visits, industry events and the recent launch of our guide, Conscious Construction: building a sustainable supply chain.  

Take a look behind the scenes and see what we’ve been up to in May… 

Is conscious construction on your radar? | Conscious construction | Agilité

Is conscious construction on your radar? 

In case you missed it, we introduced our latest guide, Conscious construction: building a sustainable supply chain. 

The whitepaper, which is free to download, highlights the impact that every business decision has upon our environment, both directly and indirectly. 

With industry experts offering their insights, the report looks at steps we can take in fostering a greener future — paying particular attention to the supply chain. 

To find out more — and download your copy — click here. 

In Milan with MAPIC | Agilité

In Milan with MAPIC 

Agilité’s country manager for Italy, Maria Luisa Daglia, attended MAPIC Italy in Milan on 16-17 May, representing the company and participating in panel discussions around the real estate industry.  

Bringing together fellow industry experts and professionals, MAPIC focused on the impact of global events — such as energy consumption, climate change and the aftermath of the pandemic — while encouraging further conversations in our commitment to a better future. 

We can’t wait to attend next year to see what advancements the retail and real estate sectors make over the next twelve months! 

First class sustainability | Agilité

First class sustainability 

Our design and consultancy project manager, Lucia Cuyun Prado, and junior project manager, Frederica Pisacane, toured the Skypark Business Centre’s development site at Luxembourg Airport, thanks to organisers, LuxReal. 

With elements like green roofs and terraces — that are able to provide energy savings via heat storage — rainwater collection, and a photovoltaic system, it’s unsurprising that the building will boast an extremely low carbon footprint. 

Set to be one of Europe’s largest wooden structures, with a scheduled completion of 2024, we’re excited to see the final result. 

Say hello to Cécile Blot, Agilité’s design coordinator | Agilité

Say hello to Cécile Blot, Agilité’s design coordinator 

Following on from her master’s degree in architecture and interior design at Ecole de Condé Nancy, in France, Cécile joined the Agilité team at the start of 2022. 

In this interview, we discovered what attracted her to Agilité, what she does in her spare time, and her favourite music genre.  

Get to know more about Cécile, here. 

 

What a busy month! We can’t wait to see what the team gets up to in June. To watch our progress unfold, follow us on LinkedIn and Instagram. 

One core belief that we stand by at Agilité is that we are only as good as our supply chain. But what does this mean in practice? Every decision we make as business owners has some impact on the environment – whether it’s direct, such as greenhouse gas emissions, or indirectly through our suppliers. 

 

Why businesses may be cautious about sustainability  

We all want to do better for the planet. But one of the biggest objections to making sustainable change comes from lack of knowledge. How can we measure the impact of our carbon-cutting initiatives, and where does the supply chain fit into this? 

A great place to start is by reviewing our suppliers. We need to look for credentials – real standards as set by organisations such as the Global Reporting Initiative – as well as solid evidence of change-making. This will require some degree of research and transparency between suppliers, for example: 

 

Why we should all prioritise sustainability in the supply chain 

Moving to a sustainable supply chain affects every facet of the business. In our latest report, Conscious Construction: Building a Sustainable Supply Chain, we discuss the wide-reaching benefits. 

 

1. The climate imperative 

At present, the construction industry is one of the biggest contributors to climate change – responsible for 40% of water pollution and 50% of landfill waste respectively. By reducing our climate impact, we can create a more sustainable future, while also improving our bottom lines.  

Alexandre Loisy, pre-construction director at Agilité, says: “Reducing your business’ environmental impact can lead to huge savings. Not only will it reduce waste; it will also boost efficiency and create a positive culture within the organisation.” 

 

2. Legislative concerns 

An ESG conscience is not only a “nice-to-have”, says Cintia Procaci, founder of eco-conscious consultancy A Beautiful Green. Legislative changes can impact risk management, so it is important for companies to have full transparency over their supply chain. 

Likewise, she notes, pressure from other organisations such as the EU will put the spotlight on reporting. “One EU proposal will demand that multinationals have clarity around human rights in the value chain, whilst another asks companies to produce non-financial reports that detail their sustainability efforts.” 

 

3. Winning new business 

Corporate social responsibility is now becoming aligned with other value-adding factors such as price or reliability. Procaci adds: “Ethically, stakeholders are becoming increasingly educated around the sustainable issues facing the global population.” 

This means that businesses are increasingly incentivised to work with others who share their values. As Loisy notes, making our green agenda known can help to establish strong professional connections. Accreditations such as ISO 14001 only serve to strengthen this further.

 

4. Diversifying the supply chain 

The events of 2020 and beyond have wreaked untold havoc on supply chains throughout the world. From a pandemic to conflict, stakeholders are having to source new means to deliver their products on time.  

A sustainable supply chain is a diversified one – working with multiple suppliers to reduce mileage and deliver on schedule. This prevents downtime and protects companies’ reputations. 

 

5. Improving company culture 

A sustainable supply chain helps us to mitigate risk. These risks are not only about buying and selling, but about the workforce itself. Just as our clients are looking to work with more socially conscious businesses, so too are colleagues.  

A global millennial survey by Deloitte found that 63% of workers in this age range donate to charities, while 43% volunteer. By weaving sustainability into the company culture, we can attract top talent. 

 

Is a sustainable supply chain on your to-do list for 2023? 

Prioritising corporate social responsibility will have far-reaching, long-term benefits for your business. But how can we start to make the change? Our report, Conscious Construction: Building a Sustainable Supply Chain, offers actionable tips and insights to help you get started. 

 

Download the free report here >

It’s no secret that the construction industry is largely responsible for the carbon footprint of UK businesses. In April 2022, sobering statistics from Bimhow revealed that the industry contributes to: 

Of course, it doesn’t have to be this way – and the onus is on us as business owners to make better decisions. Much of this comes down to the supply chain, leveraging transparency and visibility, and working with sustainable suppliers. 

It’s a topic that we discuss at length in our latest report, Conscious Construction: Building a Sustainable Supply Chain. Here, our senior project manager Antonio Borges shares his tips for sustainable store concepts and materials – without breaking the bank. 

 

Power down

Construction projects aren’t running 24 hours a day – and neither should your power. Powering down temporary installations such as lighting can save up to 5 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. 

 

Source sustainable materials 

Working with recycled or recyclable materials reduces our reliance on new production. Educating yourself on factors like the four main types of plastics and looking for credentials such as ISO 14001 will guide decision-making. 

 

Seek robust solutions 

Not only should materials be sustainable; they should be robust. Consider the long-term impact of the materials you use. For example, investing in hardwood flooring once will have less impact than continually reflooring a retail store. 

 

Plan your project space wisely 

The space itself should be designed efficiently, with zones to encourage free movement rather than staying in one place. This will help to disperse energy equally, and without waste. 

 

Encourage a lean approach 

When signing up to work with any new supplier, always enquire about lean materials. A value engineering approach will help to use fewer materials without compromising the overall look and feel of the project. 

 

Reduce the impact of your deliveries 

By grouping deliveries, you can save on journeys and reduce emissions. Bulk ordering materials to the site will decrease mileage, as will working with local suppliers. According to the World Economic Forum, last-mile deliveries will contribute to some of the largest increases in carbon emissions by 2030. 

 

Think about reusing space 

Demolition is a huge factor in the footprint of the construction sector – contributing 0.004 to 0.1kg of CO2 per kg of concrete material. Reusing elements in an existing space will lessen our reliance on demolition.  

 

Use smart technology to reduce energy consumption 

Smart control systems offer a holistic dashboard of analytics to identify where energy is being used – and crucially, where it’s being wasted. Keeping an eye on these analytics will help to drive costs down and maintain lower emissions. 

 

Lower temperatures for better energy efficiencies 

Lower temperatures work wonders for energy consumption. The UK alone has the potential to save 1.18 million tonnes of CO2 per year by turning down thermostats by just 1C.  

 

Use local suppliers 

With transportation accounting for 14% of all greenhouse gas emissions, it pays to use local suppliers. Once again, optimising deliveries in bulk will reduce mileage, while it’s also advisable to work with greener logistics teams where possible. 

 

Find out more in our latest report 

Creating a more sustainable supply chain doesn’t need to be overwhelming. Even making the smallest changes can have a huge impact – it all starts with education. For more insights, download our free copy of Conscious Construction: Building a Sustainable Supply Chain today.

 

Download your free guide > 

British fashion brand, End. — a leader in streetwear fashion — has landed in Milan, with a new store in the historic Palazzo Venezia.

The store fit-out project — imagined by interior designer, Brinkworth London, in collaboration with ML Architettura and Tekne Spa — and brought to life by European commercial interiors specialist, Agilité called for the complete transformation of the 1,800 sqm space.

Set across three levels, the new store boasts impressive windows and a trio of entrances from Via Mercanti, Via Orefici, and Piazza Mercanti — making the space not only a shopping destination, but also a passageway between Milan’s busy streets.

Agilité began work on the store in March 2022 before handing over to the client in February 2023. Now open to the general public, the shop is dominated by a 15-metre-high central atrium — complete with a crystal ceiling — which connects all three levels via a quartet of elevators.

The site had already been upgraded by the owner from an architectural, structural, and plant engineering point of view, therefore Agilité's objective was to inject a degree of luxury by selecting best-in-class subcontractors, natural — and at the same time — valuable materials, as well as high-end finishes, fixtures, and furnishings.

Carrara marble inserted in resin concrete was chosen for the multiple levels, and on the ground floor, a 'scarpa' terazzo effect was achieved using 10,000 6.5 cm pieces of quarry marble, which were inserted by hand as the concrete was poured.

To set the stage for merchandising, all END. product displays and walls are clad in a mixture of marble, Grecian stone, terrazzo, brushed stainless steel, and wood.

The building meets the highest standards and requirements for LEED and BREEAM certification thanks to the strong emphasis on the materials chosen and the sustainable components. In the pre-construction phase, Agilité partnered with the Greenwich Company — which provided technical assistance to demonstrate the compliance of materials with LEED and BREEAM credit requirements, as well as providing support for the environmentally sustainable disposal of construction site waste and its computation.

A sophisticated BMS system has been installed, which monitors the building's climate control status in real time, to ensure safety and energy efficiency — an indispensable requirement and strategic objective for all the properties in the Generali Real Estate portfolio.

Technical Data Sheet

Client: END.
Designated Use: retail - clothing store
Where: Via Mercanti 21 - Palazzo Venezia - Milan
Ownership: Generali Real Estate (Tiepolo fund)
Architectural project: Aldo Cibic
Project fit-out: Brinkworth-London,UK
Works direction local coordination: ML Architettura
Systems design: Tekne spa
csp/cse: Romeo Safety Italia srl
General Contractor: Agilité Italia
Start of work September 2022 - End of work February 2023

Agilité Profile

Agilité is a pan-European company specialising in fit-out project development in the office, retail and hospitality sectors. With headquarters in Paris and offices in Milan, London and Luxembourg, it supports the growth and expansion of its clients across the continent by providing turnkey fit-out solutions.

The company offers a wide range of services: from initial consultancy for space planning to interior fit-out and feasibility assessment. Agilité manages the project at every stage, providing technical expertise on any specific aspect, thanks to a network of high-level professionals experienced in space planning, design and construction services, with a focus on the office, retail and hospitality sectors.

Major clients include Mozilla, Singapore Airlines, The Instant Group, Five Guys, Hydrafacial, Fred Perry and JD Sports. NBA, Lids, Lululemon, END, Ok-ta, Zedra, QBE, Aurel BGC, Big Mamma. www.agilitesolutions.com

For further information: Scriba PR | Alice Kelly | alice@scribapr.com | +44 01484 489 333

Fluent in three languages and hailing from Morocco, our technical project manager, Ahmed’s role sees him working closely with subcontractors, as well as supervising all site activities.

Ahmed ensures the smooth execution of work – from the initial start of the project, to meeting the client’s deadline – alongside the safety of all sites, and adherence to budgets.

Here, he tackles ten burning questions about his background, experience, and favourite elements of his role…

 

1.         Tell us what attracted you to Agilité?

I was ready for a new challenge in my career. Agilité is a growing company and I wanted to play a part in its expansion. In addition, many of the projects we work on are for prestigious, well-known clients – something that really appealed to me.

 

2.         Can you share a little bit about your background?

My background is in MEP design, working on HVAC systems while supervising all technical elements of a project. Having spent five and a half years in a similar role to the one I have now, I was enticed here by the prospect of working on more office, retail, and hospitality developments for world-leading brands.

 

3.         Describe a defining moment in your career.

In my very first role, I worked as an HVAC engineer. My fledgling project was 27,000 sqm in Algiers. Three months after completion, I became the main point of contact between my team and the client — a huge challenge for me, which advanced my career significantly!

 

4.         What does your role involve?

Supervising all technical aspects of our projects while analysing complex documents for tenders — such as surveys and designs.

 

5.         The phone rings and it’s your dream client… who is it?

I don’t have one specific client. But a project would be one that challenges us and incorporates beautiful features, luxury elements, and strong architecture.

 

6.         When you’re not at work, where are we most likely to find you?

I like to cook. My specialty is Moroccan food, but I like experimenting with all cuisines. I also enjoy watching TV series’ and hanging out with my friends.

 

7.         Which country or city is at the top of your ‘must-visit’ list?

Albania. I’ve heard it’s a beautiful, natural, and authentic place.

 

8.         What’s your favourite productivity trick?

When I enjoy what I am doing, I never struggle to stay focused.

 

9.         How would you describe Agilité to a relative? 

A growing, vibrant company with a great energy.

 

10.        As an organisation with sustainability at its heart, Agilité is dedicated to minimising environmental impact within the construction industry. What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the sector, and how do you think we can rectify it?

The challenge is to construct ‘smart’ buildings that are environmentally friendly, well-designed, and consume minimal energy. A key method is utilising local materials and products that don’t have a negative impact on the environment.

Cormac O’Sullivan is no stranger to the wider Agilité family, having been a part of our team since 2019 – when he joined as a project manager. Following his recent promotions to operations director (Rest of Europe), we caught up with him, to find out more about his new role – and his ambitions.

Under his new remit, Cormac assumes ultimate responsibility for any of our deliveries outside of France and Italy – which are led by Galia Minkara and Maria Luisa Daglia, respectively. Day-to-day, he will oversee our international commercial interiors projects, taking them from A-Z and ensuring our teams, partners, and suppliers are set up to do just that. 

Having been an integral part of the business for the past four years, Cormac’s progression has been in tandem with Agilité’s own exponential growth. A civil engineer by training, and with a background in Cat A/B corporate real estate fit out projects, Cormac is our go-to for the ‘big’ projects that land at our door. 

Challenges he enjoys because of the diversity within the team: “Bigger projects equate to more people and therefore a more diverse crew. You’re meeting individuals from all walks of life, with differing experiences and opinions – allowing for a truly collaborative build,” explained Cormac.

So, without further ado, we thought we’d put Cormac in the hotseat, and find out a little more about him... 

 

Which one word would colleagues use to describe you? 

Direct - I like to get to the point!

 

Why do you think Agilité stands out from competitors? 

We get things done. By understanding our clients, we know how to get them from point A to point B – on a hassle-free journey. No matter what happens on a project, we’ll find a way to facilitate it, whatever it takes.

 

You have worked in some amazing places around the world. Which has been your favourite? 

San Fransisco. It was prior to working with Agilité, and I was doing groundwork in civil engineering. If I had to choose somewhere in Europe it would have to be Lisbon – and project-wise, I’d probably say Booking.com, Kirkland and Ellis, and many of the confidential tech projects we work on.

 

What’s your biggest career highlight to date? 

Having my own career follow Agilité’s growth trajectory – the genesis of it feels pretty special. 

 

The phone rings and it’s your dream client… who is it? 

Patagonia 

 

What key piece of advice would you give to a client planning a commercial interiors project? 

Proper due diligence is key – on the building or the space you’re taking – and underpins the success of the entire delivery, so don’t rush it!

 

When you’re not at work, where are we most likely to find you? 

I live in Bordeaux, France, so much of my downtime is spent on the beach or in the water, surfing. 

 

What’s next for Agilité?  

That would be telling! What I can say, is that you can expect to see us exploring new opportunities and new geographies – both in and outside of Europe.

 

As an organisation with sustainability at its heart, Agilité  is dedicated to minimising environmental impact within the construction industry. What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the sector, and how do you think we can rectify it?  

That is such a hard question, because there are so many wider economic factors at play – particularly now. As an industry, we need to phase out old methods of choosing products, and manufacturers and designers should seek to collaborate to offer more sustainable options.

Those involved in planning a project would use ‘greener’ options if they knew where to find them, but if such a solution isn’t obviously on the market, people won’t go looking for it. I do believe that clients would buy into them, if they were readily available. 

© 2022 Agilité. All rights reserved.

careers@agilitesolutions.com
FR +33 (0) 1 88 61 81 31
UK +44 (0) 7500 221 075
IT +39 (0) 350 9646921
LUX +352 (0) 621 66 84 64

Certification no. 19535
Certification Notice

Send us a message to start the conversation.

"*" indicates required fields

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Get in touch