As we approach the end of the summer period, we took a look back at what our various commercial interiors teams have been getting up to around the globe.
Take a sneak peek behind the scenes of this open plan fit-out, currently being overseen and managed by our Italian team.
We can’t wait to see the finished product.
It was great to see another completion for our sports retailer client, Lids, this time in Amsterdam.
Sports fans will be able to browse displays of the latest merchandise and clothing in the Dutch capital.
There was no stopping the Amsterdam team in August, as they also completed the outfitting of Lululemon’s latest store.
Congratulations and job well done to all involved.
As a part of our ever-growing international team, each month we celebrate a colleague and put them in the hotseat to get to know them a little better.
In August, the focus was on our newly-appointed UK country head, Daniel Hunt, as he shared what his new role entails, who his dream client would be, and his favourite places in the world to have worked.
Get to know Daniel, here.
And with that, the last quarter of the year upon us, and we look forward to what’s next in store for the team.
With the first half of 2023 coming to a close, June brought us some summer sun and full schedules.
Take a look at some of the things that we’ve been up to over the past month…
It was time to put some of the Agilité team in front of the camera, as they journeyed to client McArthurGlen’s site in Dounais for a filming project — with the help of TimeLapse Go.
Operations director, Galia Minkara, project manager, Hani Benbrahim, and assistant project manager, Michale Nassar were in attendance along with construction managers Sébastien Benoit, and Aurore Lossier, all shared their experiences in working on the multi-space transformation project.
We’re very excited to see the final result!
Find out more about our other projects, here.
With an international team at Agilité, we like to give one of our colleagues the chance to introduce themselves.
Last month, it was accounting assistant, Fabio Duarte’s, turn to step into the spotlight — talking about his dream client, what he does outside of work, and the biggest challenge he thinks the construction industry is facing.
Get to know more about Fabio, here.
June 5 saw the annual celebration of World Environment Day, with this year’s theme being #BeatPlasticPollution.
Here at Agilité, we recognise that the construction industry needs to evolve to integrate more sustainable working practices.
Download our new manifesto, that shows our commitment to sustainability and environmental, social and governance (ESG), now.
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.
European commercial interiors specialist Agilité has expanded into Berlin, Germany – marking a natural progression in the company’s international growth.
The news follows several retail roll-out projects in the country – for clients such as NBA, Lids, Fred Perry, Lululemon, Instant, Facilitate/Zander, and TOG Berlin. Since its creation in 2021, the business has over-performed, with turnover in excess of €5m, six full-time members of staff, and a forecasted increase of 200% in both turnover and headcount by the end of 2023.
“Germany is a very important market for Agilité, and one that has continued to grow as we maintain our strategy of following clients into new territories,” explained Kirsty Shearer, Agilité development director.
“Due to its vast geography, it has quickly become apparent that we need to have people and a supply chain spread across the country to support the growth that we are seeing as a business – as well as that of our clients.”
As opportunities in Germany have increased, the local team continues to flourish and there are plans to recruit for further roles, including project and construction managers, as well as cost estimators in the coming months.
Neil Coales, managing director of Agilité said: “Given our ever-increasing order book in Germany, expanding our operational footprint has been a natural growth progression and will allow us to better serve our customers in the region. The Berlin bureau is important for colleagues and team building as our organisation grows, as well as to uphold our ambition of being a truly local delivery partner.”
It’s also loyal customers — who account for 65% of Agilité’s portfolio — that are the driving force behind its rapid expansion, as Neil continued: "When we decided to launch Agilité, the strategy from the beginning was to have a seamless pan-European business that could be operational in numerous locations for multiple customers.
“We don't want to have an office in every country, rather, we identify locations that best support our clients' growth plans and the strong local supply chains we are trying to build. The pursuit of quality is as much our goal as the overall expansion."
The expansion of the European company — which provides office, retail, and hospitality construction and fit-out work across the continent — promises further growth in all locations in 2023, as well as exciting new geographies.
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.
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