KBB retailer Trevor Scott is the latest KBB professional to feature in the Simon Acres Group ‘Industry Legends’ series. Launched last year, the films have provided a platform for some of the most well-known figures in the industry to share their thoughts on best practice and success strategies for the sector.
“It was a pleasure to talk with Trevor,” says Simon Acres Group Principal Director, Simon Acres.
“He has a wealth of experience and knowledge from the 40 plus years he has spent in KBB sales and design.”
Trevor is still involved with the family business, RFK Kitchens based in Rugby, which he established in 1993. He says, “I was honoured to be asked to participate in the ‘Industry Legends’ series and share my experience of building a successful KBB retail business.
“Consumers are super savvy in this digital age, making it even more important for a retailer to understand the product and be able to offer expert advice. Training should not be neglected, even though there is not enough available. At RFK we have developed our own training manual to ensure that all of our staff understand the fundamentals of listening and building relationships with customers.
“We have never underestimated the amount of skill, knowledge and expertise required to design and fit a kitchen. Our sales and design staff have to understand the technicalities of how to fit a kitchen and we have made it a priority to work with the very best installation teams.
“The era of Brexit has created an uncertain market place but there are opportunities for those that have control of their cash flow and are committed to delivering outstanding service.”
The Trevor Scott film can be found on the Simon Acres Group website seen here.
With its appointment on a second project at one of Wolverhampton’s most prestigious schools, national property and construction consultancy Wakemans is reaping the benefits of its education sector expertise.
Wakemans is acting as quantity surveyor on a new science block at Wolverhampton Girls’ High School. The building has been designed by Seymour Harris Architects (SHA), which was instrumental in the School securing Selective School Expansion Fund (SSEF) funding last year.
Joe Harris at SHA said: “As Wakemans are a trusted partner and have worked closely with us on the first project for the school, you have really appreciated what we as architects and the school are trying to achieve. We were therefore keen to work together again on this expansion project that will provide dedicated science, dining and community sports facilities in readiness for a growth in pupil numbers over the next five years.”
Wakemans quantity surveyor Gerard Belfield said: “We’re delighted to be teaming up with SHA on this important school expansion project.”
Over the past 40 years Wakemans has worked in partnership with SHA on a wide variety of regional and national projects. Most recently the two companies have collaborated on the £2.4million Sixth Form hub at Wolverhampton Girls’ High School and a £4.2million teaching block at Joseph Leckie Academy in Walsall.
National property and construction consultancy Wakemans is working with Travelodge, the UK’s first budget hotel brand, on a £13million property in north London to meet growing demand for good quality, low-cost accommodation in the Capital.
Overseeing Travelodge’s interests, Wakemans is acting as tenant’s agent on the new London Manor House Travelodge PLUS, an eight-storey hotel in Finsbury Park that will provide 143 rooms.
Designed with both business and leisure travellers in mind, this new-build hotel is designed in the company’s ‘budget chic’ hotel format, called Travelodge PLUS. As well as the brand’s enhanced new look rooms, the hotel features 33 SuperRooms, Travelodge’s premium economy room concept with extra amenities for added comfort. Meanwhile, a fully licensed new-look Bar Café features distinctive zones for those working outside the room, more intimate booths and dining benches for groups and a stylish new statement bar.
Jo Dale, Head of Technical Services for Hotels at Wakemans, said: “Travelodge is resolutely committed to delivering value for money for people who want to overnight close to the City of London. The layout of the site makes this an interesting development because the building is eight storeys, yet from one elevation it appears to have only six floors.”
Tony O’Brien, UK Development Director at Travelodge said: “London is a key growth area for Travelodge and we are delighted to be opening a Travelodge PLUS hotel in the premium location of Manor House, just by the tube station. There is a desperate need within the area for good quality and low-cost accommodation and our new hotel will be a great addition, helping to attract new visitors to the area and to boost the local economy.”
Situated adjacent to Manor House tube station and overlooking Finsbury Park, the hotel shares the site with a Co-op store and an unlet A3 unit.
Contractor Harvard Knight Construction has completed the concrete frame and commenced the interior fit-out phase of the project. The London Manor House Travelodge PLUS is due to be completed in summer 2020.
There are eight Travelodge PLUS hotels across the UK, including London, Gatwick Airport, Brighton, York and Edinburgh.