We are delighted to announce that Knight Harwood has been commissioned as the Main Contractor for a major restoration/ new build scheme in Hampstead Heath, London. We are creating a beautiful new private residence across 34,000 sq ft. The works to Athlone House, a large Victorian home-built c.1872, will include the refurbishment and remodelling of the existing building and the creation of a modern extension to replace the walled garden and conservatory.
The aim is to create a family residence that pays homage to the original designs with details such as Dutch gables, castellations on the tower and heraldic beasts. The building is set in a natural landscape over 7 acres by the Heath. The scheme is due to start on site in January with a completion date in early 2020.
The whole company, with partners, danced the night away until the early hours at the Park Plaza hotel in London with music by DJ Joe Callanan. With over 200 guests it was a fantastic night to remember and a great way to round off such a successful year for Knight Harwood.
In his welcome speech, director Ian Harwood reminded staff of their achievements in 2017. The business has secured more work going forward than ever before which is a tribute to all the staff’s hard work and our Clients’ increasing support for the service we provide. Knight Harwood are fortunate enough to have negotiated 74% of their current portfolio. Ian also recognised another six staff who have been with the business for over 10 years with a special gift. Thank you again to all of them.
We have been supporting Glass Door homeless charity for many years and several members of our staff regularly volunteer at the night shelter led by facility coordinator Fay Dunnery. Glass Door offers vital support to the homeless community. As part of our continued support for this local night shelter we arranged a collection of essential items for those in need over Christmas. This included hats, scarves, food and toiletries among other things. Becky Evans of Glass Door joined us to collect the gifts and meet our staff. We were also delighted to surprise Becky with an additional donation of £10,000!
Earlier this year Knight Harwood began a partnership with Goldfinger Factory providing them with much needed business support.
Goldfinger is a social enterprise which means it is a business with a significant focus on helping others and charitable works in their local community. It reclaims, upcycles and transforms materials to create bespoke, exquisite furniture and interiors whilst also providing opportunities for the young and unemployed in one of London’s most deprived neighbourhoods, near to Grenfell Tower in West London.
Knight Harwood’s initial focus has been on improving Health & Safety at the Factory including providing audits and bespoke site signage. We have also arranged for their staff to receive First Aid training.
We are delighted to announce that our team at Floral Street achieved handover one week ahead of schedule! The project involved significant structural remodelling, dividing the space into two retail units and office space over 4 floors right in the heart of Covent Garden. David Beckham’s store Kent & Curwen occupied one of the retail units and is now open for business.
Our Autumn get together took place at Bounce in Farringdon – the home of Ping Pong! Over 50 staff enjoyed food, drinks and table tennis in our exclusive luxury games room. Bounce Games Gurus provided the entertainment and hosted the tournament.
The competition was intense and ping pong balls were flying everywhere!
As expected it was the grand final that was the most exciting match of the evening. Chris Roe and Tim Schumann faced off Tim Burnage and Conor Hills. Both teams were perfectly in sync and played an awesome three-set match which garnered plenty of “oohs” and “aahs” from the crowd. It was a very close final however ultimately Tim Burnage’s super serves proved unstoppable and Tim and Conor became the almighty ping pong champions.
Congratulations to our team who took part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday 8th October. The 13.1 mile route takes in some of the capital’s world-famous landmarks and four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens.
Our team ran in aid of World Child Cancer and raised over £2,000 for this special charity. This year Knight Harwood also sponsored the vests worn by all World Child Cancer runners. Well done to all our runners for crossing the finishing line! It is a fantastic achievement.