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.

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.” 

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. 

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 accounting assistant, Fabio Duarte.

1. Describe your job in one paragraph

As part of the finance team, my day-to-day role sees me performing accounting duties ranging from bookkeeping to client invoicing. My specialties lie in accounting, financial analysis and management, commercial correspondence and HR, and I work closely with our financial controller, Charles Delhaye.

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

Available. I try to be as helpful to my teammates as possible.

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

I think it’s our commitment to delivering excellent customer service. Throughout the entire project’s lifecycle, we maintain strong lines of communication, provide bespoke support, and ensure that the client’s wishes are being fulfilled from start to finish.

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

I would say joining Agilité in the first place. It was a fantastic opportunity for me, and one that I couldn’t pass up. Starting at a company that has experienced significant growth in such a short period of time was a challenge I was very happy and excited to accept.

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

It’s hard to think of one client, however, I’ve enjoyed seeing the work we’ve been doing with BIG MAMMA in Monaco, so it would be great to continue redefining spaces in the hospitality sector.

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

Engage the help and expertise of the Agilité team — you won’t regret it.

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

You can typically find me spending time with my family and friends, and more recently, I’ve been doing a lot of running as I prepare for my second marathon.

8. As an organisation with sustainability at its heart, Agilité Solutions 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?

This is a topic that I am particularly passionate about.
One of the biggest challenges facing the construction industry is the high amount of waste generated from construction projects. One quick Google research reveals that the industry is responsible for a significant amount of waste globally, at up to 40%. This waste can have a severe impact on the environment — contributing to pollution and the depletion of natural resources.

To rectify this, the industry needs to adopt sustainable building practices that reduce the amount of waste generated. This can include incorporating recyclable materials such as wood, glass, and steel into building designs, using energy-efficient appliances and equipment, and adopting methods such as prefabrication, modular construction and green roofs.

Another focus should be reducing the carbon footprint of buildings, making them energy-efficient and sustainable. This requires the adoption of renewable energy sources and the implementation of technologies that minimise consumption, such as smart building management systems and passive solar design.

In summary, the construction sector's sustainability challenges require a collaborative effort and a commitment to green practices that will minimise environmental impact. It requires collaboration between industry suppliers, contractors, and regulators to create standards and implement solutions throughout a project's lifecycle.

Design coordinator Cécile joined Agilité in January 2022, fresh from having completed a master’s degree in architecture and interior design at the Ecole de Condé Nancy, France.

Here, we find out a little more about our colleague - including what first attracted her to the role, her go-to productivity trick, and her dream client.

Hello Cécile! Firstly, what attracted you to a job at Agilité?

Agilité has a growing reputation across Europe, and the multiple locations in Paris, Milan, Berlin, London, and Luxembourg means we can offer services quickly and efficiently. As a lover of travel and all-things-design, it felt like a perfect fit for me.

Can you share a little bit about your background?

During my studies, I’ve completed a number of internships throughout Luxembourg — with both small and large companies. My very first position was with a construction company that builds houses and offices, and more recently, an interior finishes specialist — completing spaces with soft decor and furniture.

Through these placements, I was able to experience the entire building process, from start to finish, which was really valuable in my development. I’ve been putting all this learning to good use at Agilité.

Describe a defining moment in your career

Although I’m still in the early years of my career, I love travelling to client sites and other Agilité offices — meeting people face-to-face and discussing projects and ideas together.

What does your role involve?

I work from the Luxembourg office, focusing on project design and implementation, paying particular attention to the finishing touches.

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

Good question! It’s my dream to work with a fashion brand. I follow all the major events from around the world, so to combine interior design with the clothing industry — within a flagship or pop-up store — would be an amazing achievement.

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

I like travelling and shopping — something I’ve missed during the pandemic — and walking my dog Alpha, he’s a three-year-old Wolfdog, and very gentle.

Which country is at the top of your ‘must-visit’ list?

It’s hard to name just one! I’d love to explore South America, New Zealand, or perhaps Fiji — I’m fascinated by the culture.

What’s your favourite productivity trick?

I like to listen to music to help me concentrate. I love all kinds of music and have a playlist in the background most days. I’d have to say, my favourite genre is jazz.

How would you describe Agilité to a relative?

A growing, versatile organisation that offers a turnkey service to its customers. We think about every detail of a construction project — from start to finish.

Connect with Cécile on LinkedIn.

 

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