Optical Center

Construction of a new retail store for opthalmic optician, eyecare and audiology specialist Optical Center. Commencing with strip out and preparation of a developer’s shell to accommodate the required layout of consultation suites and front of house reception and product display areas.

Forward Contracting were responsible for the installation of all building services including HVAC in conjunction with all walls, floors, ceilings and shopfront glazing. We have completed many stores for this outstanding retailer, requiring close co-ordination of retail display lighting with the installation of display equipment and internal finishes throughout.

We’ve had the pleasure of working with Optical Center in Colliers Wood, Staines and also Milton Keynes in recent times.

Vanbrugh Physiotherapy Clinic

Located within a new residential development in Greenwich, Forward Contracting began with a developer’s shell and installed a new mezzanine level into the double-height unit to create 330m2 of space over two floors, including treatment rooms, a gym and a pilates studio.

Central to the client’s brief was the creation of a sustainable, healthy and tranquil environment for clients and staff. The bespoke physiotherapy clinic has been fitted out to a high level of finish, using robust, durable and cost-effective materials and incorporating elements of biophilic design.

The whole project was completed within a 16 week construction program, with Forward Contracting responsible for the delivery of building and technical services with complete interior fit-out including bespoke joinery and quality door sets throughout.

Trevor Sorbie Hair Salon

Complete fit-out of a creative hair design studio with consultation and hospitality areas at 65 Queens Road, Clifton. The entire guest experience is based on personalisation as well as access to the very best haircut and colour services and hairdressing in Bristol.

At the cutting edge for over 40 years Trevor Sorbie salons are internationally renowned for creative and innovative hairdressing.  While celebrating the brand’s DNA, concept designer Caulder Moore brought together the vision of a dynamic and contemporary fashion brand interior, along with it’s own identity and environment. Forward Contracting worked with project manager 101 Architecture + Design to deliver this 140 sq M workspace which included full comfort control, a high performance mechanical system to accommodate the needs of a commercial hairdressing salon, and many custom workstations and hospitality areas.

Completed within a 12 week site program Forward Contracting undertook all building services, walls, floors and glazing systems in addition to all decorative finishes in conjunction with the project team.

Planet Organic

One of a number of food and wellness stores for the market leading organic retailer Planet Organic. Following earlier work in Queens Park on a new concept store in conjunction with Design Consultants and Project Manager Design Time we were asked to get involved with a store project in Broadway Market bringing all the key features of the new concept.

Integral to the project was the installation of goods lift and new staircase which necessitated structural reinforcement of the basement slab, which we undertook in conjunction with building engineers LSY Consultants, as part of the contract works.

Complete fit-out of the retail store involved a food-to-go outlet, departments for organic vegetables and grocery, as well  as extensive health and bodycare product ranges for which the brand has become very well known.


This project saw another L’Occitane boutique created from just a shell. This time we had the constraints of working within what was then Europe’s biggest construction site, situated above one of England’s busiest train stations. As a result, there were strict procedures set by the main developer and the health and safety executive that had to be adhered to due to its close proximity to the public and Network Rail.

Working within these restraints, we planned and executed this project within a five-week programme on site. Logistical challenges included the fact that every delivery to site had to be booked in and itemised five days prior to arriving on site, leaving no room for error during the short programme length.

Once the unit was handed over from the centre’s developer, we carried out a full internal fit-out including walls, floors, ceilings and a new M&E system. The shop front was composed of bespoke hardwood frames into which fire-rated glass was fitted for an impressive exterior.

Bleu Comme Gris

The Paris-based retailer of timeless and classic children’s clothes approached us to create its first store in the UK in Notting Hill. We set out on this project to deliver an outlet that truly reflected the brand’s luxurious collections.

We created a new structural opening in the timber floor to take a bespoke solid-oak staircase. A full electrical re-wire was completed and new air conditioning system installed.

Mouldings were added to the new walls in keeping with the desired traditional look and this was complemented by the new hardwood flooring, finished in the company’s signature colour.


This is another boutique L’Occitane entrusted to our care. Located in Market Street in the prestigious Exchange Square, we were asked to fit a new fully glazed shop front together with a variety of bespoke items for the interior, the most impressive being the illuminated window display that integrated a 55” monitor for our client’s visual merchandising needs.


Starting with an empty space and working closely with our client and their project management team, we created a highly individual feel to this space.

With the requirement that the shop front reflects the traditional charm of the resort, we still managed to add a burst of colour to this boutique shop.

The bespoke window units and consultation sink were manufactured in our workshops to the client’s exact specification.

Succession Group

We approached the overhaul of this dated office in a way not dissimilar to Succession Group’s approach to its own clients’ goals – clear understanding, analysis, plan and action.

Once we understood the client’s requirements, analysed the problem and planned the action, we reconfigured the layout by removing existing block walls to allow the construction of modern private offices with part-glass partition walls. We created a new reception area and toilet facilities.

Upstairs we fitted out a 100-delegate national conference centre and created a space that can be divided up for multi-purpose events using a folding, moveable wall.

A complex M&E system was designed and installed to fit within the fabric of this listed building.

OISOI Restaurant

OISOI serves high-quality artisan Asian food and is described by diners as exciting, warm and welcoming. We commenced the refurbishment of the two-level restaurant with this in mind, to ensure that the end product was exactly as required.

On the first floor, we installed a new marble-clad bar complemented with natural stone tiles to help give the back bar more of a presence. We clad the evening dining area in natural oak panelling, which we carried through to the toilets. Downstairs in the informal eatery, we placed a patisserie counter and bespoke floral planters manufactured in our workshops.