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. 

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. 

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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. 

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. 

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 our new construction manager Leon …

 

  1. Tell us what attracted you to Agilité? 

    I was initially approached by Agilité with the prospect of coming to work for them. At the time, I was looking for a career change, and the opportunity to get back to my roots of retail construction for a growing organisation was too good to turn down.

 

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

    As I previously alluded to, my experience is largely in the retail construction world — having held positions as both project and construction manager, in Germany as well as South Africa.
     

  2. Describe a defining moment in your career. 

    I oversaw the rollout of around 45 supermarkets on behalf of the biggest retailer in Southern Africa over the course of just two years. Amid this huge project, we also completed around 30 small shop fit-outs in three months — quite a significant, yet memorable, challenge!

 

  1. What does your new role involve? 

    As construction manager in Germany, I am charged with overseeing the on-site activities throughout an entire project lifecycle. Liaising with the sub-contractors, project manager, and client, I ensure that the developments are progressing within the agreed timeframe, and to an excellent standard.

 

  1. What are you most looking forward to doing? 

    There are a number of very exciting projects coming up, which I am looking forward to getting started on. The variety of Agilité’s portfolio means that the team is always kept on its toes, and we always have new obstacles to overcome.  

 

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

    A client that presents an interesting and challenging brief which allows us to think outside the box.

 

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

    I like to stay active, so in my spare time I will either be wakeboarding on a lake in Berlin, or running in a nearby forest.

 

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

    For an off-the-beaten-track trip, South America. Or, for natural beauty and a completely different cultural experience, I’d opt for Japan.

 

  1. What’s your favourite productivity trick? 

    Break tasks down into small, manageable chunks.

 

  1. How would you describe Agilité Solutions to a relative? 

    A bespoke, general contractor that offers personalised solutions for each and every client.

 

  1. 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? 

    I’d say the biggest challenge we are facing in the industry is waste. I think first steps towards rectifying this issue would be to change people’s mindsets around what should and shouldn’t be classed as ‘waste’.

Connect with Leon on LinkedIn to find out more about him.

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 project manager, Federica Pisacane, who is based out of our Luxembourg office…

 

Describe your job in one paragraph

My role as project manager is to foster strong customer relationships while planning and implementing the design element of our developments.

I love taking the lead on projects and site meetings, as well as delivering top quality results — not only to meet the client expectations, but to bolster Agilité’s reputation as a trusted, professional partner.

 

Which one word would colleagues use to describe you?

I think ‘proactive’. I love to find solutions to meet the challenges of a project and really understanding the needs of the client in order to produce the best results — both in terms of quality and cost-effectiveness.

 

Why do you think Agilité stands out from competitors?

We always put the customer first and are human in our approach.

 

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

As an architect of interiors, Milan has been the key inspiration for my early career. The fairs, events, and fashion have motivated my studies and ignited my passion for the industry.

 

What’s your biggest career highlight to date?

I have been designing retail stores throughout the pandemic which has been a real challenge and encouraged me to think outside of the box when reimagining spaces.

 

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

My dream client would be one that allows me to think to 360 degrees while experimenting with new methods of design. I thrive off unconventional projects — researching new ways of managing the space is what thrills me the most.

 

What key piece of advice would you give to a client planning a fit-out project on a budget?

A clear brief is the best starting point to get to the result in the most efficient way. Keeping the objective and priorities in mind throughout is key to ensuring you deliver the highest quality result within the budget.

 

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

On my terrace taking care of my plants — and trying not to kill them! Gardening is something that really relaxes me and I’m happiest when I’m outside on a sunny day tending to the various leafy species.

 

What’s next for Agilité?

To become the number one trusted partner across Europe. We continue to build a strong team — leveraging our collective expertise to strengthen our reputation as competitive players in the construction industry.

 

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?

Waste is definitely one of the major topics in our sector, as it can turn into a serious issue for every construction project. I would say the biggest challenge is trying to incorporate reusable elements while minimising waste. This can only be achieved if everyone involved in the construction process plays their part. Ultimately, it’s about each person — from designers to tradespeople — having a more sustainable attitude, while working together to reduce our environmental impact.

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 assistant project manager, Kiran Kondrapu...

 

  1. Tell us what attracted you to Agilité?

When reading the job specification, I noticed how many of the candidate’s ideal qualities — punctuality, accountability, willingness to learn — I possessed myself. I was further motivated to apply because of the high calibre of clients that Agilité works with. The likes of Fred Perry, Indeed.com, Lids have a reputation for superior standards — something I am keen to deliver on behalf of my new organisation.

 

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

I grew up, completed my bachelor’s degree, and began my career in India before commencing the next phase of my education in Northumbria, England. My background in civil engineering and project management means I have an eye for detail and thrive when overseeing a construction project from start to finish.

 

  1. Describe a defining moment in your career.

Beginning my journey with Agilité. I have always had an interest in the construction industry — as a young boy I loved assembling sandcastles and playing with building blocks. In my undergraduate degree, I achieved a distinction and the highest mark in my course — a record I still hold to this day! When I moved to UK, I decided to take a leap of faith and follow my passion — now here I am in my perfect role.

 

  1. What does your new role involve?

My job is mostly about planning and supervision — coordinating with stakeholders, clients, colleagues, and subcontractors to ensure targets, standards, and expectations are met throughout a project.

 

  1. What are you most looking forward to doing?

I am looking forward to getting to know my new colleagues and clients, building strong professional relationships, and doing my best.

 

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

This is a very hard question — someone with a high standards who presents challenge. But, if you’re asking me to choose just one, I would say Five Guys, because I’m extremely familiar with the organisation, which probably gives me a unique perspective in delivering the work.

 

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

In the evenings after work, I tend to have my head in a novel — a recent favourite was ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green. But I also love travelling, so when I have a little more time off, you’re unlikely to find me as I’m always on the move!

 

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

Paris, to see the Eiffel Tower. Working with Agilité, this may happen sooner than I’d anticipated!

 

  1. What’s your favourite productivity trick?

I find that if you are accountable for something, it’s the biggest motivator of all.

 

  1. How would you describe Agilité to a relative?

My dream job.

 

  1. 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?

I personally believe, the biggest challenge is the industry mindset. If we drilled down into the root causes, the thirst for profits at corporate levels can sometimes come at a cost, and one which ignores the wider environmental impact. The solution is simple, yet difficult to implement — focus more on purpose than bottom lines.

For this reason, I am proud to be a part of Agilité, as we are already making excellent headway in the sector — implementing changes to reducing carbon emissions and protect our planet for future generations.

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