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ADVERTORIAL


London Projects has built a reputation for their work transforming some of London’s finest residences Tengoal magazine talks to founders Steve Howat and Nick Stuttard about how the business began, their most impressive refurbishments and what sets London Projects apart from the competition.


IN CONVERSATION WITH LONDON PROJECTS


Who are London Projects? Steve Howat: We are a super prime residential construction company, working on London based refurbishment projects in locations such as Belgravia, Knightsbridge and Mayfair. The company was formed in 2005 by Nick and my- self. We met when we were previously working for a leading luxury residential developer and went into the construction business because we thought we could offer a much better service than what was currently available at the time. Nick Stuttard: We started the business on-site, sharing a laptop, and we have grown steadily over the last 12 years. With no external investors or borrowings we have delivered over 300 projects since starting the company, and now have 50 members of staff in our Westminster Head Office and engage over 150 peo- ple on-site. We focus on the super prime residential market because we believe in sticking to what we enjoy, what we know, and fundamentally what weare best at.


Why did you set up the company together? Steve: We worked on a number of projects together and quickly realised it takes a special kind of company to be dealing in this type of construction, particularly in Central London. This is because there are so many logistical problems to over- come – more so than you would have in other areas because most properties are in very close proximity to one another, plus our clients and their neighbours have exacting standards and incredibly high expectations. Nick: It is such a niche market, if you upset people then word spreads pretty quickly and so it’s not only about keeping your client happy but the local commu- nity too.


Tell us about a couple of projects you have worked on? Country house refurbishment in surrey, a 15,600 sq ft property completed july 2018 Nick: This project is an incredible six bedroom house situated in three acres of grounds with unparalleled views of the Surrey countryside. The refurbishment involved the creation of a gym, sauna, cinema room and careful resto- ration of the full size swimming pool, which opens out onto a striking sun terrace. it took 42 weeks to complete and was a challenge because the house was located at the end of a narrow country lane making access difficult for large deliveries. linking the principle house to the rest of the estate also posed a challenge when running new underground services across a large, steep site. Steve: The interior designer on this project was Laura Hammett, we have worked on a number of properties together with Laura and her team and really enjoy the process. We work proactively and that’s the key - You’ll find a lot of contractors will find a problem, cross their arms and refuse responsibility. We’ll think of a bunch of solutions, go back to the design team saying, “Hey here’s a problem here’s what we think will work”. We absolutely understand it’s collaboration that fosters such strong and trusting relationships.


Belgravia townhouse, development and design by nuhu+, completed october 2018 Nick: This is a three story townhouse situated on the Cadogan Estate overlooking one of London’s most prestigious garden squares. The house features an outstanding rear terrace


with a bespoke stone and bronze living wall, running from the top of the proper- ty down to the lower ground basement, creating a striking atrium feature that delivers natural light throughout the property. Space was limited on the project which provided a real challenge in terms of services – our solution was to house the majority of the plant externally, behind the green wall, with a small selection cleverly concealed behind the wine cellar. Steve: Our projects vary in time and length but a property of this size, around 4,000 to 5,000 sq ft, will typically take around 35 weeks. This one was delivered to schedule and completed a few months ago; it’s now occupied by the owner and family. We are very proud of the end result.


What is the biggest challenge when starting up a construction business? Steve: We have incredibly high standards, we have to given the market we are operating in. The challenge is about making sure the guys on the ground – the tradesmen – are up to those exacting standards as well. To ensure this happens, we have our own in-house resourcing managers who filter all the applications that we receive. Outline the team structure for each project Nick: Each project is overseen by a project director, which is Steve or I, with our commercial director who looks after the financial side of things. The project will have a full-time project manager, a quantity surveyor and a site manager with a team of tradesmen alongside them. There is a sizeable infrastructure on each and every job because we pay care and attention to the project and know that a personal service is important to our clients. Added to this our central office location means we can get to most of our projects within 30 minutes, a service quite rare in the construction market.


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