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.

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.

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  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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