L’Occitane – Birmingham

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.

L’Occitane – Manchester

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.

L’Occitane – Bournemouth

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.

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.

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.


Forward Contracting was commissioned to create a boutique store for the international retailer L’Occitane as part of a new retail and dining development in Chelmsford.

Working from just a shell, the project needed to be complete to coincide with the development’s grand opening. We started the planning stage of this project some weeks before we could start work on site to ensure all the key dates and requirements of the development’s main contractor would be met.

A structural opening was required within the first-floor slab to allow the installation of a steel staircase. The shop front was the main focal point and needed to fit the opening and support the high-level cladding, while leaving an opening for the fixed glazed windows and frameless glazed doors below. To achieve this, we worked closely with the client’s project managers to produce feasibility studies and samples for the proposed finishes. The combination of aluminium and timber interlinked cladding provided the finishing touch to this eye-catching boutique.

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.