In the lead up to Christmas, we held our usual annual party for staff and partners which was great fun and attended by over 180 guests, at The Lancaster Hotel by Hyde Park.
During the champagne reception circus performers, led by the ringmaster, amazed guests with their juggling and acrobatic skills. The night ended with everyone on the dancefloor followed by some sore heads at breakfast the next day!
We are pleased to hand over our third project for Derwent London. This project involved the construction of a modern seven storey mixed use development providing nine high specification residential apartments, two affordable units and retail space in a busy part of Fitzrovia. The newly built scheme has been named The Corner House. This was our first project working with architectural firm DSDHA.
We are absolutely delighted to complete the fabulous new sports building at Godolphin & Latymer private girls’ school in Hammersmith. The project involved the construction of a new two storey sports hall with a single storey building adjoining, housing changing rooms, fitness suites, dance studios, offices, storage and other ancillary accommodation. The pupils were thrilled with their new state of the art sports facilities. This is our first project with Walters & Cohen Architects.
Organised by our H&S Manager, 12 Knight Harwood employees took part in the Royal Parks half marathon in October, kicking off in Hyde Park. A group of four friends and family members also signed up to run as part of the Knight Harwood team.
The team were delighted to be taking part in this great event for World Child Cancer, an inspirational charity that provides treatment for children with cancer not fortunate enough to live in the developed world. Everyone running in our team crossed the finish line and we raised almost £10,000.
On Thursday 17th September over 600 guests from across the industry joined the staff of Knight Harwood for their 10th birthday party. The stunning venue in Mayfair was packed with friends, colleagues and staff. A short speech from John Knight MD, spoke about Knight Harwood’s continuing ambition to maybe not be the biggest but ‘The best construction firm in London’. He thanked staff, Clients, consultants and suppliers for their support and helping to make Knight Harwood the established firm that it is today.
John Knight, MD of Knight Harwood talks about how Knight Harwood started…’It seems like only yesterday that Ian Harwood and I were holding our first meetings and camping out in Starbucks in Notting Hill, our first Knight Harwood office. Maybe we were one of the early ‘coffee shop culture start ups’ that are talked about these days! 10 years ago, we left ISG, a firm I had spent fourteen years with and Ian was there for twelve years. The first major challenge we faced when starting the business was to raise the finance and then we leapt over the precipice! Our first year’s £1m turnover target was undoubtedly conservative, however we went on to turn over £8m and then more than doubled turnover in the second year; we have continued to grow ever since. We had very strong support from our clients and friends in the industry, including the supply chain, which made a huge difference.
In this early period we built an enviable leadership team with Richard Harvell, Chris Roe and Tim Whittaker joining as board directors. They brought a wealth of experience to the business in three different areas of expertise, which is one of the strengths of Knight Harwood. Many more key senior staff joined around the same time, all of whom are still with us today.
Together we set out an agenda of being the best construction firm in London and we have stuck to that mantra and attitude ever since, despite facing a serious recession after only two years in business.
Our first office was in The Tea Building in Shoreditch which was a fantastic base to start from and we have good memories of those early days. When we outgrew this space, we moved closer to our clients and projects in the West End in 2012. We may be looking for a larger office again pretty soon to house our growing team!
We are looking forward to celebrating our birthday on 17th September at a fantastic party. We have all come a very long way in an incredibly short space of time and built a fantastic client portfolio that most firms haven’t assembled in 30 years! I am incredibly proud of our reputation and what we have achieved including some really special projects.
The recent creation of our Special Works business couldn’t have happened at a better time either, and right now there is no stopping their progress! All of this success is down to Knight Harwood employing the best people who understand our culture and how to deliver a first class product every time, and treat others with respect.
I am certain the future holds more good fortune for us and the next 10 years will be even better! We continue to be focussed on controlled and sustainable growth, creating opportunities for all our staff and delivering more great projects in London including larger and new build schemes’. John Knight
Images clockwise from the top: The team in 2005, The Tea Building, The team in 2015
Over a weekend in August an intrepid team of 8, plus a support team of 4, embarked on the challenge to trek nonstop for 100km across the Yorkshire Dales within 30 hours.
The gruelling event was hampered by a massive lightning storm which resulted in everyone being taken off the course for three hours to shelter in a barn! The teams were then evacuated off the hills through treacherous flash floods, down steep hillsides to continue to the 65km silver finish line. Five team members pushed on even further and were thrilled to achieve the gold award of completing the whole 100km. This was a fantastic achievement considering the conditions and the terrain.
The Knight Harwood team raised an amazing £7,235 for Oxfam.
We are delighted to have secured another major project for Great Portland Estates. This £19 million mixed use scheme consists of contemporary office space and a residential element split into affordable and market class apartments.
Managing Director John Knight said “I am very pleased to have secured this project with a very important existing client of ours. It is in a great ‘north of Oxford St’ location and with a design team we know well including architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. It is a project where we can demonstrate our full range of skills with new build, refurbishment and fit out”.
Earlier this year Knight Harwood sponsored a 1,452km journey from London to Cannes, with people in property and construction taking part. To date, with Knight Harwood’s support a staggering £264,000 was raised. All the cyclists donned the Knight Harwood branded livery! Over 100 cyclists took part.