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Project of the Year (subcontract £1m-£2m): Winner

Winner: Quest Joinery – Clarges Mayfair

For its exceptional levels of skill, co-ordination and quality, Quest Joinery took this Project of the Year prize for its work on Clarges Mayfair.

Located in the heart of Mayfair overlooking both Green Park and Buckingham Palace, the £228m Clarges development was one of the capital’s more high-profile jobs.

The British Land project was designed to provide luxury offices and residential apartments in one of the county’s most prestigious postcodes.

Impressive reception areas are a prerequisite on high-end developments, and Clarges was no exception. Likewise, the development’s office spaces had to be impressive enough to attract those firms with the budget to splash out on a Mayfair HQ.

Contractor Laing O’Rourke called on the specialist skills of Quest Joinery to design, manufacture and install the joinery in the office and reception areas.

From the outset, Quest’s in-house design team worked closely with the project’s architect to devise a practical way to combine the mixture of oak, glass, bronze and leather materials specified in the design.

The judges were impressed by the specialist’s use of a detailed material sample process, in which workshops were used to push approvals through quickly and in line with the project’s demands.

An attention to detail both in terms of construction management and specialist joinery expertise was another quality praised by the panel.

Quest Joinery worked collaboratively with Laing O’Rourke throughout its time on the development. The team established clear and consistent lines of communication with other trades on site as well as the main contractor, ensuring installation was safe and seamless.

“Quest Joinery struck a good balance on this project and maximised the skills of people from different parts of the business. They were incredibly passionate about what they do and that came across in their work”

Judges’ comment

The specialist’s exhaustive approach to understanding the nuances of the site and the customer’s vision drew particular commendation.

Installing 4 m-high movable walls and doors framed with brass detailing, finished with oak veneer and leather panelling, involved a high level of expertise. Yet Quest was able to complete its onsite works in just eight weeks, with the company leveraging the expertise of specialists in working with leather panelling, glass and metalwork.

The judges cited the way Quest had maintained consistently high levels of workmanship within all the project’s timeframes.

They commended the way its team anticipated different eventualities but was also flexible and able to respond to problems with speed and precision, while the use of apprentices on such a complex project also drew praise.

The judges were blown away by the passion displayed by Quest, which underpinned a focused approach resulting in exceptional work and a project to be proud of.


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