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Extreme Warrior Charity Fund Raiser

Murray & Willis have chosen and committed to Katharine House Hospice as our “Charity of the Year”.

We wanted to not only help a local charity but to create and inspire all work colleagues to work together as a team for a good cause.

18 participants are taking part in the Extreme Warrior on the 23rd March 2019, which is an epic obstacle event that will get us climbing, crawling, swinging and sliding our way to raise valuable funds for the patients of Katharine House Hospice. 

We WILL get wet…we WILL get dirty…but we WILL have fun too!

Extreme Warrior will be a challenge but raising money for such a worthy charity will drive us all over the finish line.

Katharine House provides free hospice care services in Mid Staffordshire for people faced with an illness that cannot be cured. Our aim is to enable our patients and those close to them to live as fully as possible and make the most of the time that’s left. 

You can help us raise money for this great charity by donating directly to our fundraising page – https://www.justgiving.com/Murray-and-Willis.

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Holiday Inn Hotels

We have successfully completed three multi-million-pound Holliday Inn refurbishment projects which are part of the IHG (Intercontinental Hotel Group) located in Leicester, Coventry and High Wycombe.

 

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HEALTH AND FITNESS CLUB REFURBISHMENTS

We have been working for this premium health and fitness club provider for a number of years and have recently been awarded a project in excess of a million pounds. This high-profile project in Mayfair is an upgrade to various aspects of the club.

 

 

 

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RIBA Golf 2018

We are honoured to continue the RIBA Inter Regional yearly golf event for the forth year in succession.

Being held at Trevose Golf and Country Club in Padstowe on 16th & 17th September 2018.

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University College Birmingham

We have recently been awarded and are currently on site at the University College Birmingham fitting-out new kitchens to student accommodation apartments.

The scope of works includes removing existing kitchens, vinyl flooring, white goods and then installing twenty-four new reconfigured kitchens with associated mechanical and electrical services, along with new decoration throughout.

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Aztec Hotel & Spa, Bristol

We have been refurbishing Shire hotels part of the Thwaites Group for a number of years and so we are delighted to be awarded another project at Aztec West Hotel & Spa in Bristol Parkway.

The scope of the work includes the refurbishment of twenty-one bedrooms on a phased basis, we are also refurbishing the spa lounge, pool area, five meeting rooms and gymnasium.

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Financial Organisation

In keeping with our long tradition of refurbishing and fitting out buildings in the financial sector…

we are delighted to announce that we have recently been awarded a new ‘framework’ contract to transform the high street branches of a well-known financial organisation. The programme will last for several years and is great news for all our employees.

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ARM Holdings

We recently completed our first successful project for ARM Holdings who are a multi-national semiconductor and software design company.

They have many facilities around the world and we were lucky enough to be awarded our first project for them in Staines, Middlesex to refurbish an office facility.

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Hospice Refurbishment

We are honoured to be awarded the refurbishment of a hospice in Leicester which delivers free, high-quality, compassionate care and support to terminally ill patients, their family and carers.

The project involves an extensive corridor refurbishment along with ten bedrooms and three ancillary rooms which include an assisted shower and a retreat room.

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Homeserve Plc.

We have recently completed the successful ‘CAT B’ call centre fit-out for Homeserve in Nottingham. Due to the fact that the client was delighted with what our team achieved in a very tight programme they have negotiated the 8,000 sq. ft. training centre on the ground floor, which is due to hand over very soon.

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The Localist

Formally the Burger & Lobster, we converted the unit in Farringdon London into a new bar/restaurant brand call the ‘The Localist’

The full refurbishment included alterations to the lighting and air conditioning and we decorated throughout including sanding and resealing the timber floors. A new back bar was manufactured and installed along with the installation of a bespoke DJ unit to finish off this lively new cocktail bar.

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Homeserve Plc

We are delighted to have been awarded a multi-million-pound office fit-out in Nottingham for this ‘blue chip’ home assistance provider. The project involves fitting-out a new 45,000 sq. ft. facility on two floors.

It includes a complete reconfiguration of the existing footprint, constructing open workspaces, site specific management suites and meeting rooms.

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Palace Capital PLC

We were approached recently by Emmaus Consulting in Birmingham to undertake a reception and office refurbishment for Palace Capital in central Milton Keynes.

 

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Dwell Student Accommodation

We are delighted to have secured our first two projects for Dwell Student living who via their Parent company Centurion Corporation own and manage student accommodation throughout the UK.

These two projects in Bristol and Newcastle are to convert for students, unused space into a gym, common room, pool room, new reception and music rehearsal room.

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RIBA Golf

We are honoured to continue the RIBA Inter Regional yearly golf event for the third year in succession.

Being held at the home of this year’s British Open, Royal Birkdale on 10th & 11th September 2017.

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Red Nose Day Charity Donation, Crowne Plaza Leeds

Decorator Adam Pilling of Murray and Willis Ltd. spent the day wearing a red dress whilst working on site at Crowne Plaza Leeds. 

All in aid of raising money for Red Nose day held on Friday 24th March 2017.

A total of £160.00 was raised and donated, a big well done to Adam and all at Crowne Plaza hotel, Leeds.

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Christmas Donation 2016 – Ronald McDonald House Charities and NSPCC

In support of our Corporate & Social Responsibility objectives we have chosen to donate to the following charities namely:

Ronald McDonald House Charities and NSPCC in lieu of Christmas gifts.

 

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InterContinental Hotels Group

We are currently undertaking a £3 million pound refurbishment to re-brand the Felbridge Hotel in East Grinstead into a Crowne Plaza, part of the Intercontinental Hotel Group’s stable of hotels.

On the back of our success at the Felbridge Hotel, we have been awarded a £4 million pound refurbishment of the Crowne Plaza in Leeds.

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InterContinental Hotels Group

Following on from successfully completing two multi-million-pound Crowne Plaza hotel refurbishments in East Grinstead and Leeds for Cerberus European Servicing, we are delighted to have been awarded two large Holiday Inn refurbishment projects for the same client in Coventry and High Wycombe.

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RICS Gala Dinner Manchester and Birmingham

Due to the success of our first sponsorship of both Manchester and Birmingham RICS QS Gala Dinners in 2017, we have confirmed our commitment by renewing our sponsorship to this venerable institution.

The date for the biggest gathering of RICS members in the world in Manchester is on Friday 26th January 2018 at ‘The Point’ Old Trafford followed by the Birmingham Gala Dinner on Friday 2nd March 2018  at the ‘Vox Centre’ Resort World Birmingham.

 

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Central England Co-operative Framework

Central England Co-operative have confirmed an extension on their current refurbishment and  fit-out ‘framework’ for another year.

We look forward to our continued working relationship of delivering their varied projects on time, within budget and to the quality they demand.

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Central England Co-operative Framework

Having a wealth of experience and knowledge of working on Frameworks with ‘blue-chip’ clients, we have secured a Framework contract with Central England Co-operative.

Our first allocation of projects with this prestigious Client were completed to their exacting standards in 2016; subsequently we have been allocated  a further twelve projects due to be completed in 2017.

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Gaucho Edinburgh and Tower Bridge

We have delivered many successful projects for Gioma (UK) Ltd. in both their CAU and Gaucho brand.

Due to our success in delivering fantastic environments for them, we recently completed a complicated refurbishment of one of their flagship stores with spectacular views overlooking ‘Tower Bridge’

Given the client wanted to keep this high yielding restaurant open and given its sensitive location, our project team along with the client’s team worked very closely together to ensure a successful outcome.

It is a measure of the success of the ‘Tower Bridge’ project that we are now on site fitting out the first Gaucho restaurant within Edinburgh’s famous St Andrews Square to be opened in November of this year.

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HSBC Bank Plc.

Murray & Willis’s financial refurbishments team are very proud to announce the completion of several recent retail banking refurbishments at branches in Neath, Kings Lynn, Burton-on-Trent, Northfield, Hull and currently working at HSBC Oxford.

As part of our framework with this prestigious multinational banking and financial services company, Murray & Willis scored the highest possible KPI standard awarded by the bank for all of these projects. This is testament to our commitment to the client, paired with the expertise of our contracts and delivery team who are dedicated to the financial refurbishment sector within our organisation.

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GAUCHO Piccadilly

Murray & Willis have recently completed the second phase of works at this high end steakhouse restaurant in Piccadilly. This phase included the refurbishment of the ground floor which followed on from our successful works to the first floor and terrace area.

We are also working on a number of projects with the same Client (GIOMA UK) refurbishing CAU their sister restaurants throughout the UK.

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GAUCHO Colmore Row Birmingham

Due to our successful completion of many projects for this prestigious client, we are delighted to have been awarded yet another project by Gioma UK, to fit-out the new Gaucho restaurant in Birmingham within what was the Grand Hotel.

This ‘hi-end’ Argentinian restaurant, which has eateries in London, Leeds and Manchester, opens in April 2017.

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CAU DIDSBURY & GLASGOW

After our recent successful completion of works with GIOMA (UK) on several of their CAU and GAUCHO restaurants, we have been awarded two further projects located in Didsbury and Glasgow.

We are very excited to continue to work with GIOMA and look forward to continuing our relationship into the New Year!

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HIGH END RESIDENTIAL REFURBISHMENT, HARPENDEN

We have recently commenced a full refurbishment of a residential property in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, following a number of successful fit-out and refurbishment projects for Birmingham Properties Group.

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RMHC Leisure Golf Classic

We are very pleased once again to support RMHC by sending a team to the charity golf classic in Vilamoura, Portugal.

The three day event culminating in a Gala dinner has raised in excess of £220,000.00!

This money will go a long way in helping the Charity achieve its mission of providing free ‘home away from home’ accommodation at all specialist children’s hospitals across the UK.

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CHANGES TO CDM REGULATIONS

On the 6th April, 2015 the new Construction (Design and Management) regulations came into force.

The regulations have been introduced because the UK was not fully compliant with European directives and the 2007 version was seen as too bureaucratic and prescriptive in its individual competency requirements.

Our Health & Safety team have been hard at work reviewing our policies, procedures and documents to ensure that we are fully up to date and compliant with the new CDM regulations. We have also held training courses to update all staff, site operatives and many of our approved sub-contractors to bring everyone in the business up to date with the changes.

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23 Years and counting!

After 23 years of working with HSBC Bank Plc., we are delighted to continue working with them in 2015 and beyond as one of only four refurbishment and fit-out contractors on their national ‘framework’.

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CAU Restaurant

As a result of successful completed projects in Henley-on-Thames, Wilmslow and Reading we are currently in process of negotiating refurbishment and fit-out projects in Didsbury, Birmingham and Edinburgh. We are also in the process of undertaking refurbishment projects for their sister restaurant chain GAUCHO in Sloane Place, London.

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Training and Development

Murray & Willis are delighted to have recently welcomed our Senior Health, Safety and Environmental Manager, Dave Jackson who is now the primary contact for all Health & Safety issues within the business, having previously been the Principles Consultant at a Health & Safety Consultancy in the North West. Dave has also been our external consultant since 2004 and was therefore already familiar with our organisation and the way that we operate.

Dave is an approved trainer for NEBOSH at general certificate and diploma level and has been holding training courses for our onsite operatives and approved subcontractors to bring them up to speed with the changes to the Construction (Design and Management) regulations. He will also be holding training for other health and safety refresh courses, updates and changes going forward.

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Another Successful Audit!

In a rapidly evolving technological world, the ability for a company to prove that their client data is secure has become more crucial than ever.

Murray & Willis are delighted to announce that we have recently passed our ISO 27001:2013 business information security audit which clearly demonstrates our ongoing commitment to our in-house and clients’ security needs. We are extremely proud to have maintained this prestigious standard throughout all of our annual audits since we were originally awarded the accreditation in 2012.

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Great First Impression

Due to the successful refurbishment of the 1st floor at Gaucho’s ‘flagship’ restaurant  in Swallow Street near Piccadilly Circus, the client Giamo (UK) has asked us to undertake the refurbishment of various sites for their CAU brand in Henley on Thames, Reading and Wilmslow.

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Ronald McDonald House Charity, Manchester Gala Dinner

We are very happy to support RMHC once again by taking a table at their 5th Annual Gala Dinner which was held underneath the Concorde at Manchester airport.

The auction prize of a stay at the renowned Belfry Golf course & Spa was donated by us and raised £1,800.00 for RMCH.

A total of £200,000.00 was raised on the evening by RMHC Manchester which will go a long way to helping children and families at their time of need.

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Chadwick House

Having recently completed the refurbishment of a ‘high end’ residential apartment in London, the client awarded us the refurbishment of an apartment in Dorridge near Birmingham. Due to the successful completion of this important project, we are in the process of negotiating further work opportunities for the same client.

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OHSAS 18001

In addition to the many accreditations that Murray & Willis hold, we are OHSAS 18001:2007 certified, further strengthening our commitment to Health & Safety within our organisation.

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GDM take on Wolf Run

Murray & Willis are very proud to have supported a local company, GDM Heat Transfer, in their quest to fight cancer by taking part and completing ‘The Wolf Run’ as a company team.

In total Murray & Willis and our employees have donated over £100.00 to the company who have chosen Cancer Research UK as their designated charity.

A massive well done to all at GDM who raised a total amount of over £700.00 by taking part and completing the extremely challenging 10k mud runs, trail runs and obstacle runs at the Lutterworth Wolf Run site in Leicestershire.

Cancer, we’re coming to get you!

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New Projects in the Leisure Industry

We have recently been awarded yet another refurbishment project for one of the well-known health and fitness operators in the UK, to carry out a major project in their Solihull club.

 

 

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Leading Health & Fitness Club Provider

As part of our on-going relationship with probably the UK’s most premium health and fitness club provider, we have been asked to refurbish their club within one of rugby’s most iconic UK stadiums.

This large phased refurbishment project is about to commence and will be completed early in the New Year.

 

 

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RIBA Inter Regional Golf Tournament

Murray & Willis were the first ever contractor to be allowed to sponsor the RIBA Inter regional golf tournament at Royal St Georges in Sandwich in 2015 and due to its success we continued our sponsorship in September 2016 at the famous Carnoustie golf club on the east coast of Scotland.

 

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Pretty Muddy 5km run

A team of ladies at Murray & Willis have recently completed the Pretty Muddy 5km run for Cancer Research. The run included a number of obstacles and very muddy areas which added to the fun of the day, in total our team raised over £800.00 so thank you to all that donated and took part!

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Murray & Willis 25th Anniversary

Murray & Willis recently held our 25th Anniversary Party/ Business networking opportunity in Henry’s bar in covent garden in London where we were joined by both clients & a wide array of consultants.

The night was a great success, so much so that we are planning to hold an annual event on the last Thursday in January in order to get the year off to a positive start!

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Dorridge Apartment Refurbishment

We have recently completed another negotiated project for Birmingham Properties in an exclusive development in Dorridge near Solihull, following on from the successful refurbishment of an apartment in Portland Place central London.

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25th Anniversary Celebration

Murray & Willis have reached the important milestone of 25 years within the refurbishment industry. To celebrate, an employee family fun day was held at Stafford Cricket and Hockey Club

and a mix of garden games, cricket, rounders, a bouncy castle along with a hog roast and an ice cream machine were all enjoyed by our employees and their families alike.

A great day was had by all, thank you to all that joined us.

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Gaucho

Following our successful fit-out of Caterina 55 in the city of London, we have recently negotiated several other projects with Cotton Thompson Cole including the first floor refurbishment of Gaucho’s flagship restaurant in Swallow Street London, very close to Piccadilly Circus.

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New Italian Restaurant Concept

We have recently completed the fit-out of a new Italian Fast Food Pasta restaurant in London. The entrepreneur behind this new concept plans to roll it out through the all of the major citys in the UK and around the world. As it is the first one of many, we are very optimistic about being part of the team delivering this exciting new concept!

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18 New Projects

We have recently successfully completed our first project for one of the world’s largest health & fitness chains in Berkshire which had to be completed out of hours between 10.30 pm and 5.30am.

The club remained open throughout so that the members could continue to use the facilities without disruption. Given our success, the client has since negotiated eighteen smaller but strategically significant projects throughout the UK involving additional power data to new equipment and minor elements of refurbishment work.

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PAUL Patisserie

We have recently completed the refurbishment of PAUL patisseries flagship store in Covent Garden,

London as part of an on-going refurbishment program celebrating their 125 years of producing hand-crafted, freshly baked bread to bring the authentic taste of French baking to local communities in London.

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Quality Residential Project Secured

We have been awarded a quality residential refurbishment project
in central London, the scope of the works is to completely strip
the apartment back to the shell and to reinstate it back to its
former splendour utilising quality finishes installed by our in
house time served craftsmen.

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Framework Contractor

We have now been working with one of the largest restaurant chains in the world for around two years undertaking initially twenty two office move re-configurations in the back of house area. These were completed in under 4 days working on site  24/7.

Due to our success on the above roll-out we have continued to work with the client on a number of extended ‘side by side’ drive through’s across the UK and are looking forward to working with them as one of their few ‘framework contractors’ well into the future.

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Reducing Our Carbon Footprint

Murray & Willis are pleased to announce their continual support of the environment by introduction of hybrid vehicles into their fleet. Qualifying staff will be able to choose from a selection of hybrid vehicles from Lexus and Toyota range.

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6 Projects For Health & Fitness Club

We have recently undertaken six projects for one of the world’s largest Health & Fitness clubs, two projects consisted of completely refurbishing the shower areas and four projects involved the installation of a new entrance and reception area.

Due to the successful completion of the above mentioned projects we are currently in discussion with the client about workload for 2014.

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Building Contract Awarded

We have recently secured another project for Wolverhampton City
Council to build a single storey steel framed, brick clad extension
which will create new classrooms and toilet facilities within
an existing school. The project with a value of circa one million
pounds will begin in December 2013 and run on site for forty weeks
completing in September 2014.

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Another Successful Audit

The old adage “never mind the quality, feel the width” has never been more wrong than in today’s competitive business world. With the advent of Globalisation and the Internet, more companies than ever are able to compete for the same work so it is more important than ever that successful companies differentiate themselves from the crowd.

Murray & Willis’ Mission Statement says that our work is “On time, within budget, to the Quality our Client’s demand” and nowadays the demand on Quality is onerous for those ill equipped. Our Mission Statement was developed from solid foundations. We are renowned for “going the extra mile” to ensure that the quality of the workmanship remains high leading to a final product everyone is happy with.

Part of our commitment is expressed via the administration side as ISO 9001. We have been certificated since 2009 and in 2012 we extended this by adding certification for the additional standards of 27001 Information Security and 22301 Business Continuity. All three of these are under our PAS 99 management umbrella.

We are pleased to confirm that we have achieved re-certification over all three standards for 2014, demonstrating Murray and Willis’ determination to excel.

 

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Edward’s Trust

Edward Dent died aged seven years. Through the pain and grief of their loss his parents, Peter and Hilary Dent decided to try and help other families. Edward’s Trust was set up in 989 to fulfil that very personal mission.

The charity provides accommodation for families whilst their child was receiving treatment at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

On the 11th of May 2013 our very own Will Sherry took part in a sponsored abseil in Birmingham to raise money for the ‘Edwards trust’.Each Participant needed to raise a minimum amount of £100, but Will raised a whopping £370!!A big well done to Will and thank you to everyone who supported this worthy cause.

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Ronald McDonald House Charity Annual Gala Dinner

RMHC UK was established in 1989. It is one of a network of RMHC ‘chapters’ operating in 52 countries throughout the world, providing services to support the wellbeing of children and families.

The 4th Annual Gala Dinner took place at the beginning of November and with the help of Murray and Willis’ generous donation of £1000.00, the event raised a staggering £88,000 which is equivalent to 3520 nights accommodation at Ronald McDonald House Manchester.

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Shire Hotels North Lakes Hotel

Murray & Willis have been successful in securing another project for Shire Hotels in Penrith within their North Lakes hotel.

This project comprises fourteen bedrooms carried out in two phases to work around the hotels busy half term week.

The scope of works includes strip out, minor electrics, new decoration throughout and new FF & E finishes.

In addition, we are refurbishing the fourteen bathrooms which entail new marble tops to vanity units, new sanitary ware & finish off with a deep clean and re-mastic.

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Priory Healthcare – Enfield

Appointed by R J Lever Associates, we recently completed the refurbishment of a three storey semi-detached house in Enfield north London for Priory Healthcare transforming it into six self-contained flats.

On this particular project it was a requirement to undertake quite complicated structural works together with the extensive total internal remodelling of the building including all usual internal finishes.

After a twelve week intensive program we completed the project by the addition of a disabled ramp allowing all service users to access the revitalised building.

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New Designers Part 2 Associate Prizes

On Thursday 8th July two further Associate Prizes were awarded.

The new designers Murray & Willis Associate prize was awarded by their Marketing Manager Allan Stevenson to Lois Skelton

Winner: Lois Skelton, Interior Design Bournemouth University

Project: Point

Murray & Willis is a new prize-giver for New Designers. The judges were impressed by ‘the appropriate re-use of an existing building, with minimum intervention and minimum use of new material, to form a new central transport hub that will facilitate and promote sustainable transport alternatives.’

Lois already has a job offer, so will use the prize to pay off some of her student debt. She said, ‘being at New Designers and winning this prize has increased my self confidence in my work and has reinforced my excitement to work within the industry.’

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Relay For Life

Vince Handley has assembled a team of walkers from employees and their family members to walk to the Peak of Snowdon on Saturday 5th June to raise much needed funds for Cancers Research UK.

Vince has undertaken a 12 month programme of fundraising which commenced in June 2009 when he completed the 24hr Relay for Life. Along with colleagues from Murray and Willis, (nicknamed The Night Crawlers) Vince aims to beat the target of £1800 for 2009 with the addition of a Donation Station (Charity shop finds from the back of the wardrobe, garage or garden shed).

The 24hr Relay for Life takes place during the weekend of 26th & 27th June and is an action packed day of walking, dancing, It’s a Knockout, Fancy Dress, Disco, Live Entertainment, Tombola’s, Raffles etc.

Murray and Willis have this year so far donated a fund matched £200 following a raffle at the 21st Birthday celebrations and the fundraising is set to continue.

If you would like to take part or donate funds or charity shop finds please contact Vince Handley on 01543 426811.

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Football Sponsorship… From Team Coach

” I am really grateful to Murray and Willis for their support this season. They have kindly sponsored both a playing kit and a training kit together with rain tops and track suit trousers for the whole squad. As a result the boys turn out looking and feeling really good and feeling part of a well run and coordinated unit.

From a football perspective the 2009/2010 season has been a great success. Playing a year above them and at 11-a-side for the first time the boys have played some wonderful football throughout. Importantly also they have played fairly and with a great deal of respect. In the end they lost only one league game all season and finished as runners-up in the league only losing out on goal difference despite conceding the lowest number of goals. The team also made it through to the League Cup Semi-finals beating

teams a year older than themselves throughout the competition. Although they lost in the first round of the South Staffs Cup they did so against older opposition and only 2-1 after extra time. Most of their games including friendlies have been against older opposition and they have acquitted themselves admirably and gained many plaudits from all over including professional clubs who continue to monitor their progress.

All in all the boys in the team are a great credit to themselves, their parents and their club. It has been a fantastic start to 11-a-side and a stunning transition from mini football where they also enjoyed great success. We are grateful to Murray and Willis for their support and in helping us all turn out looking good and feeling great in our team colours both for games and training as well.”

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St Georges Hotel Llandudno

St George’s Hotel is a Grade II listed building on the Parade in Llandudno and was first opened in 1854. It has a prestigious list of guests from the past including Disraeli, Gladstone, Lloyd George & Churchill.

Murray & Willis were appointed on a design and build basis to undertake the excavation & subsequent refurbishment of the basement of the hotel, thus creating a venue which can

accommodate a multitude of functions including weddings etc. all within an overall twenty week program.

The project is due to complete Christmas 2010 when we will update our web site with completed photographs.

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New Designers 2010

New Designers is renowned for showcasing the very best in graduate design. This year marks its 25th anniversary – and once again, the July exhibition showcases 3,500 of the brightest and most creative talents from Britain’s leading design courses. It is an event for fresh thinking and aspiration.

Discover the dynamism, ingenuity and energy of the next design generation from architecture to animation, furniture to fashion, graphics to glass.

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Part 2: 8 – 11 July 2010 (Awards Preview 7 July) Product Design, Furniture Design, Visual Communications (including Graphic Design and Illustration), Spatial Design, One Year On.

New Designers takes place at the Business Design Centre, London, N1 OQH.

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Cherish Uganda

Steve Sutton and his family have recently returned from a mission visit to Uganda where they were part of a team that went out to build a classroom for a charity that looks after orphaned children with HIV.

The charity, called Cherish Uganda, have a small piece of land just outside of Entebbe where they have built homes and a school for the children.

The team of 15, from Rising Brook Baptist Church in Stafford, spent month’s beforehand fundraising to purchase the building materials with the aim of building the classroom up to roof plate. It was then left to the expert Ugandan builders to put the roof on.

Murray & Willis as part of the fundraising gave a £1000 pound donation to help Steve & his team to build the classroom.

Steve and his family plan to return to Cherish Uganda in 2012.

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ISO9001

ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management

Murray & Willis recognise that the disciplines of quality, health and safety and environmental management are an integral part of

its management function. We view these as a primary responsibility and the key to good business practices.

We strive for continuous improvement across all areas of our business in order to;

  • Comply with all applicable statutory laws and regulations
  • Make best use of our management resources
  • Communicate our objectives and performance requirements throughout the company
  • Ensure our activities are safe for employees, clients, sub contractors and those that come into contact with our work
  • Work closely with our clients and suppliers to establish the highest quality standards
  • Adopt a forward thinking view on all business decision
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Cottons Hotel Knutsford

Murray & Willis complete another successful project for Shire Hotels.

We have just completed the successful refurbishment of another Shire Hotel within Cottons Hotel in Knutsford.

Within a thirteen week period we undertook the refurbishment of a function suite & veranda area including stripping the existing area back to a shell & erecting appropriate structural steel works.

Within the scheme we were responsible for the installation of all mechanical & electrical services together with internal finishes such as decorating, flooring, ceilings, lighting & the manufacture and installation of a new bespoke bar & the erecting of a large bi-folding wall.At the successful handover of the project the client commented:Just a quick note to thank you and all your teams efforts in completing the Cottons project on time and to your usual high standard (despite our best efforts to delay you!). The success of the job is in no small way due to your commitment, enthusiasm and eagerness to please. Once again it has been a pleasure working with you and we look forward to more projects in 2010.

Could you also please pass on our appreciation to Pete – another key member of your team.

Kind Regards,

STEVE SHAW
Company Property & Development Manager

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21st Birthday

Murray & Willis are celebrating our twenty first birthday by opening a new regional office in London, within the highly acclaimed Business Design Centre in Islington. This bold move is in line with the company’s overall strategic plan to grow and develop the business and continue to exceed its customer’s expectations.

Murray & Willis chose the highly acclaimed Business Design Centre as it is a vibrant central London location only one stop from Kings Cross, two from Euston. It attracts half a million visitors a year and hosts many lively exhibitions attracting many hundreds of thousands of business professionals each year including some of our key clients such as architects, designers, surveyors & many thousands of ‘blue chip’ clients.

We also chose the ‘Business Design Centre’ as it has recently become the UK’s first Carbon Neutral venue supporting our commitment to the environment.

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University Of Warwick

As part of the University of Warwick’s on-going procurement process, Murray & Willis were recently appointed to a three year framework agreement to undertake a wide variety of refurbishment and fit-out projects.

These could vary substantially in value and scope and the projects are sent out to tender to a select band of pre qualified and vetted contractors.

Murray & Willis look forward to a long association with

The University of Warwick.

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Priory Group Healthcare

Murray & Willis have recently completed a refurbishment of an autistic care home in Chester.

The project included completely refurbishing seven bedrooms and bathrooms, public areas and staff quarters.

It also included the refurbishment of a standalone self dependency suite, allowing the individuals concerned to develop life skills required to live independently.

In addition to the internal works, we have re developed the new garden and car parking facilities.

This internal refurbishment was undertaking four phases over an eight week program and the external works completed in two.

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Ritchie Palmer Our Design Co-Ordinator Awarded Gold Medalist

Saturday 24th November Kuk Sool Won UK Championships Liverpool

Ritchie has previously trained in various Martial Arts over the years on and off since he was 14 years old this being a passionate love of his as a pass time. His dedication gave him promotion to 1st Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do in recent years but he changed to do something new where he has started at the bottom again to learn the Korean Martial arts system of Kuk Sool Won which he has been doing for around 12 months now at his Tamworth based club.

Entering his first major tournament in this the UK Champs held in Liverpool representing the club along with various other club members competing he entered 3 categories Forms, Techniques and Sparring for his age group and rank. The competitor’s standard was very high across the board and people as far afield as Holland competed in the group. Even with high scores medals were hard to attain as the scores were very close in the Forms and Techniques categories. This left the Sparring which four fights later he came away with the GOLD medal which he said will be treasured and give him more incentive to attain more at the next Tournament.

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University Of Birmingham

We have worked on a large number of projects for The University of Birmingham for many years and this year is no exception.

We are currently on site with two projects; one of which is the refurbishment of the showers within the ‘Shackleton’ building and the other a refurbishment of teaching rooms within the ‘Medical School’ building.

In addition to these projects we have recently been successful and have been awarded two further projects. One of which is the refurbishment of laboratories within the ‘Biosciences’ building and the other is refurbishment of the main entrance and offices within the ‘Physics West’ building.

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University Of Birmingham

Murray & Willis have just successfully completed a 1.3 million pound project for the University of Birmingham in their Aston Webb Building; the work was to install a new fire alarm system and to carry out alterations to accommodate the new equipment and containment.

The work was carried out at nights and weekends to minimise disruption to the Universities staff and students. The electrical contractor was Manstal Electrical Services who operated under the management of Richard Gough, a Murray & Willis Senior Contracts Manager.

Murray & Willis have now won the second stage of the work in the Aston Webb Building which is to carry out further work to the fire alarm system, the LV re-wire and the LV mains upgrade.

The contract is worth approximately 2.1 million pounds to Murray & Willis and again the electrical contractor will be Manstal Electrical Services. The work is to be managed by Richard Gough and his team over a 36 week period completing in early April 2013.

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Priory Healthcare – Enfield

The Small Works department at Murray & Willis have recently been awarded another Priory Healthcare contract at a location in Enfield. The project involves the conversion of an existing residential house into 6 self-contained flats which will be used by adults with ASD (autism spectrum disorder).

The building will be staffed therefore we are creating a new staff sleep over facility with a self-contained bathroom on the first floor.

The flats will be fully DDA compliant including new wet rooms with specialist level access showers and new DDA compliant kitchens. The 10 week contract involves rerouting of existing drainage and structural alterations on all 3 floors in order to form larger open plan living areas.

New UPVC windows and a new main entrance door with state of the art video entrance system will be fitted. All areas of this 3 storey house will have new soft flooring and redecorations throughout.

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Office Refurbishment 18A St James Place, London

We are pleased to announce an 11 week project on behalf of Daniel Thwaites Plc, refurbishing a 7 floor office block in the centre of London under the Project Management of DTZ .

The scope of the project involves external works including decorations, window repairs, roof and stone repairs and the installation of new VRF equipment to the roof.

Internally we will completely strip out the existing finishes and install new ceilings, air conditioning, electrics, carpets and decorations as well as completely refurbishing the passenger lift.

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Considerate Constructor

Murray and Willis are extremely proud to have received certificates from Considerate Constructor for outstanding performances both on site and office based during out 1st year of registration here is what the assessor had to say about us…

“During the 1st year of registration the Company achieved a very good level of scoring, thus demonstrating a high standard within the CCS Code of Practice. It was good to note that Company processes and procedures are constantly reviewed, assessed and revised to improve the standard of Service offered to their Clients. I have no hesitation in recommending re-registration.”

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Loomis

We have recently completed a successful project for Loomis UK Ltd at one of their distribution centers.

The project involved creating an internal counting house on the first floor, reception area, rest room and secure lobbies on the ground floor. A new lift has also been installed to transport goods to the counting house via the reception area.

The project also involved the installation of new heating, ventilation, electrical work and fire alarm system. We also had to co-ordinate closely with the clients’ security and data contractor.

During the contract period a complex changeover was achieved requiring a complete power shutdown, our electrical contractor planned extensively to achieve this in a minimal period of time which turned out to be successful to the complete satisfaction of the client.

The project duration was originally nine weeks. During the early stages of the project the client chose to install a new mezzanine floor to create five additional offices. This additional work extended the project by a further eight weeks.

Due to the sensitive nature of the clients business all operatives, design team and site visitors had to undergo a rigorous vetting procedure before any works could commence on site. This involved extensive work for our administration department liaising closely with the clients’ security vetting staff.

The client was extremely pleased with the result of this project.

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Bushell Raven LTD

Bushell Raven have recently awarded Murray & Willis a new contract for a 650 square metre two storey office block to be refurbished within the Wolverhampton area for a private client, the works are to be carried out over a 10 week period.

This consists of a total strip out of all fixtures and fittings, Mechanical and Electrical, internal partitions and hard and soft flooring back to the bare shell in order that we can transform the whole area to the client’s specification.

This includes the formation of new partition walls, bespoke full height glazed screens with integrated blinds, new Ash doors and frames throughout all levels, a completely new Mechanical & Electrical system is to be installed, the formation of new toilets and shower room for their employees and new inlay grid ceilings to the 1st floor.

There are extensive works to form the new reception and meeting area which will include a new ceramic tiled floor, new inlay ceiling grid, brick effect wall panelling, new partitions, bespoke main entrance sliding doors, new logo entrance mat and finally decorations throughout.

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Peterborough Museum Undergoes Redevelopment

Peterborough Museum has undergone a 12 month redevelopment that was funded by Vivacity, Peterborough City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Murray & Willis Ltd were recently appointed as main contractor to undertake the refurbishment of one of the city’s most popular attractions – playing host to tens of thousands of visitors each year.

It is also housed in one of the city’s most historic buildings, which dates back to the Georgian era. In order to keep entertaining its growing band of visitors with an even better visitor experience, some essential restoration work is needed to both improve and preserve the Priestgate premises. Plans for the redevelopment include a cafe, a new-look gift shop and upgraded toilets. Some of the Museum’s exhibition galleries will be redesigned and redisplayed with more objects on display, new hands-on displays and much more.

Murray & Willis are currently on site for up to four months completing the initial core refurbishment which includes striping out the public areas, galleries and toilets. When this element is complete we will get to work on the structural elements of the project including strengthening the existing timber floor allowing us then to install all new mechanical & electrical services including a new heating system along with and air conditioning whilst making general improvements in order that the building complies with current DDA regulations.

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University Of Birmingham

We have recently commenced another major refurbishment for the University of Birmingham within the Grade II listed Aston Webb building.

The scope of works in this instance is overseeing as main contractor the installation of a complete new fire alarm system over a twenty eight period, removing any asbestos on an on-going basis.

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Business Design Centre

We have just celebrated the first anniversary of the opening of our London office within the highly acclaimed Business Centre in Islington.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the team in the BDC & look forward to many more successful years based in a terrific location.

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HSBC Flagship Branch At Westfield Shopping Centre, Stratford, London

Murray & Willis have been appointed by HSBC to undertake the fit-out of there Westfield Stratford City flagship branch, which is located in the largest Shopping centre in Europe, with over 1.9 million square metres of retail space.

We are working with EDGE Architecture + Design to commence the preliminary design and test to fit options on the Flagship branch within the Olympic gateway development.

This flagship branch will introduce HSBC’s design standards, whilst also meeting the design constraints and parameters of the new shopping centre, as a result creating a unique proposition for both customers & staff.

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Murray & Willis LTD Are Now ISO 14001 Certified

Murray & Willis Ltd are now ISO 14001 certified, we recognise the importance of environmental protection and we are committed to operating our business responsibly and in compliance with all legal requirements relating to specialist refurbishment contractors within the commercial, financial, education, health care, hotel, leisure and associated industries.

It is the Organisation’s declared policy to operate with and to maintain good relations with all regulatory bodies.

It is our objective to carry out all measures reasonably practicable to meet, exceed or develop all necessary or desirable requirements to continually improve environmental performance.

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Kensington Thistle Hotel

Murray & Willis secures a major multi million pound hotel refurbishment project In Central London.

Murray & Willis London office wins a multi million pound hotel refurbishment project to completely transform the Thistle Kensington Gardens for Guoman Hotels.

The project includes the complete refurbishment of this well known nine storey hotel on the Bayswater Road, overlooking Hyde Park.

The overhaul will be carried out whilst the hotel is still occupied and the work will commence one floor at a time, culminating in the refurbishment of all the public areas.

We will carefully complete the refurbishment of the building within a twelve month period, starting on site in the middle of August 2010.

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European Healthcare

We have been awarded another six contracts for The European Care Group in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Hamilton, East Lothian, Liverpool and Spondon. These works have been issued following an independent (FRA) Fire Risk Assessment on the sites, and we have now won the contracts to complete the remedial works.

Scope of works to complete are 170 new fire doors and frames to be fitted while the home remains operational, the fitting of new Door Guards, installation of keypad entry/exit systems, installation of low voltage lights, replacement of illuminated fire exit signs, bespoke purpose built full automatic entrance gates with full HD video intercom, the redesigning of existing escape routes to maximise the effective route to safety, also to include the extending of paths and replacement of gates.

Other works include complete home decorations, bespoke timber stair gates to keep in line with the buildings listed status, replacement of windows.

All these contracts have to be completed within a narrow window ranging from one week to ten weeks.

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University Of Birmingham, Chamberlain Clock Tower

During summer we will be carrying out additional work to the ’Fire Precautions’ work in the clock tower. The first job is to engage a specialist mansafe installation contractor to install a wired system to clip ‘on/off’ harnesses all the way from ground to the balcony to the timber staircases. Manstal Electrical will then install fire alarms, emergency lighting and controlled colour wash lighting to the clock face.

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Shire Hotel – Cottons Knutsford

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the refurbishment contract at the above Hotel, secured in open tender under stiff opposition; this demonstrates our Competitive nature and that we take nothing for granted. We have continually worked for Shire Hotels for some 8 years now and have a strong working relationship with them, one which we are eager to continue with.

The areas to be refurbished consist of lounge and bars areas, health and beauty and leisure pool reception. The scope of work includes general builders work, new joinery, timber flooring, ceilings, specialist joinery, stainless steel and glass balustrade and electrical alterations.
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Chairman Office Fit-Out At The Hampton By Hilton Hotel, Luton

Appointed by MDA Consulting, on behalf of the owner of the Hampton by Hilton hotel at Luton, on a design and build basis, Murray and Willis are engaged to fully fit-out the top 6th floor with purpose built offices, reception area kitchen and toilets, complete with new Electrical and Mechanical works, which will be part linked to the hotels existing incoming services. The offices will be full decorated, carpeted and complete with desks and soft furnishings.

This will be a challenging and sensitive build, due to the occupancy of the remaining floors below by hotel customers 7 days a week. Close daily cooperation and liaison with the Hotel manager and Consultants will be the key to the successful fit out of this project.

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Queens Medical Centre & City Hospital, Nottingham

Over the last 12 months Murray & Willis have completed various projects at both hospitals in Nottinghamshire University Trust through Interserve Construction Limited, East Midlands Regional Office, Syston Leicestershire who have a Four year contract under the NHS P21+ contract on these sites.

We have completed minor ward refurbishments; including wet rooms, cleaner’s rooms. At the City Campus we have complete a fit out to one of the MRI scanner Linac Bunkers and reception area and recently refurbished two of the theatres anaesthetic rooms to meet current CQC requirements.Due to the nature of the live working environment, health & Safety and cleanliness are of the highest expectation. With Interserve having potentially another 2 years they are keen to give us the opportunity of tendering and working on more projects in 2013 as we are pro-active, always keep a clean, tidy and safe site with an extremely high quality of finishes, on time to the contact programme and generally costs agreed as per the build-up in the GMP.
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Shire Hotels North Lakes Hotel

This project comprised the refurbishment of the male and female changing room’s three bedrooms and a suite at Shire Hotels project in Penrith, in the picturesque Lake District.

We created a temporary changing room facility for the male changing room, allowing the ladies to remain in their own changing room, whilst we completed the gents and then swapped over, also completing a new sauna and refurbished the baby changing facility at the same time.

Within the changing rooms, there was an array of finishes including Italian ceramic tiles, glass lockers and leather bench seating.

The project was undertaken over a fifteen week program to the complete satisfaction of the client.

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Kensington Thistle Hotel

Murray & Willis have recently completed the five million pound refurbishment of the Thistle Kensington Gardens in London for Guoman Hotels.

This complete overhaul of this hotel has been carried out on a phased program over a twelve month period whilst the building was fully occupied by paying guests.

The client is very happy with the finished result and as a consequence we are looking at several other new projects for the client and associated design team around the UK.

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Sleep Event 2011

Due to the success of the 2010 Sleep Event Murray & Willis are exhibiting once again at the 2011 Sleep Event.
The show is once again being held within the highly acclaimed business design centre which is also home to our London office.

You will find us located at Stand H6 as last year on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th November and further details of the show can be found at http://www.thesleepevent.com/

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Ska Rating

Murray & Willis are proud to announce that Matt Rix has recently qualified as an RICS accredited SKA Rating Assessor for Offices. SKA Rating is a tool to promote the principles of sustainable development within the context of the fit-out of an office building and it aims to improve the environmental outcomes related to office fit-out.

We are pleased to be able to offer this service on in-house design and build projects to our clients.

Information about Ska rating can be found at http://www.rics.org/ska.

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Staffordshire County Council – Primary School

As one of Staffordshire County Councils preferred contractors Murray & Willis have recently been awarded a number of contracts in the Educational Sector, these are taking place during the 6 weeks school shutdown.

The projects include new staff wash room facilities, new children’s W.C facilities including IPS panels and cubicles, new fitted staff kitchens, new ash bi-folding doors to sports halls, class room and corridor decorations and external DDA access ramps.

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Priory Healthcare – Coalville

We recently carried out another successful project for Priory Group undertaking the complete internal refurbishment of this 1970’s Care Home in Coalville Leicestershire.

The overall brief consisted of the refurbishment to thirty bedrooms, bathrooms, associated corridors, dining room, various lounges, kitchen, staff areas and conservatory initially programmed to take twenty four weeks but to the delight of the client we finished it five weeks early.

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Everest Base Camp Trek… In Aid Of: Hawthorn Crescent – League of Friends & Cherish Uganda

Steve Sutton has recently returned from The Himalayas where he managed to reach the top of Kala Pattar at 5550M. The trek started with an early morning light aircraft flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.

From here onwards it was a 100 mile walk to base camp and back to Lukla, passing through high mountain villages. The highlight of the trek for Steve was on the 9th day from Labouche (4900M) to Kala Pattar (5550M).

We started out at 3am and the crystal clear moonless sky was awash with billions upon billions of stars. The only visible light came from the head torches that we were all wearing and there wasn’t a single sound to break the silence apart from one of our guides Buddhist chanting. After breakfast at 6am at Gorak Shep (5100M) we made the final push to the top of Kala Pattar” Steve said.

Throughout the year Steve has raised funds for Hawthorns Resource Centre in Burton upon Trent & for Cherish Uganda, so far raising £1000 by auctioning off items that have very kindly been donated by local companies along with selling items at a local car boot sale.

Murray and Willis have already donated £200 from the proceeds of a raffle at their 21st Birthday celebrations.

The Hawthorns Centre in Burton caters for children with learning difficulties and they are hoping to buy a property in the Peak District that can be converted to use as a holiday home so that the children can have a break from their day to day routine. Steve managed the recent refurbishment works of the centre, on behalf of Murray & Willis, and he was particularly touched by the service users of the facility.

Cherish Uganda are based in Entebbe in Uganda and they take in and look after orphans with HIV/AIDS and they are trying to purchase some more chickens so that they can be more self sufficient. To find out more information about Cherish Uganda please go to www.cherishuganda.org Steve and his family visited Cherish Uganda in 2010 to help with the building of another classroom within the on site school.

If you would like to sponsor Steve please contact him on 01543 426811.

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Surface Design Show

In early February 2012 we exhibited at the Surface Design Show at the Business Design Centre in Islington where we had a very positive response.

As a result of the successful show we will be exhibiting next year between 5th and 7th February 2013 on stand 314.

The Surface Design Show is the home of innovation and inspiration for Architects and Designers looking for surface solutions for the built environment.

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3 Year Contract Extension With HSBC

We are delighted to announce that Murray & Wills have been awarded a new three year contract extension with HSBC to carry out branch refurbishments and other associated projects for this leading global financial institution on a new framework agreement.

We have a long standing nineteen year working relationship with HSBC and our Managing Director Mr Nigel Clempson commented on our recent news:

“It is great news for the company and all our employees and supply chain partners that we have been awarded this three year contract extension and we will continue to provide the Bank with our total commitment to completing every project to the highest of standards.”

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Barbican Thistle London

Murray & Willis Willis recently completed a £5 million pound refurbishment at the Thistle Kensington Gardens, following the successful completion we have tendered and been awarded another project for Guoman Thistle Hotels in London.

This seven week project is to refresh one hundred bedrooms prior to the Olympics’ at the Barbican Thistle within the heart of London.

This fast track project will be carried out over a seven week period completing the project in phases while not disturbing the day to day operation of this occupied hotel. Each phase will consist of approximately 15 bedrooms and associated corridors.

The scope of the works includes general strip out of fixtures and fittings, decorations to bedrooms, walls, ceilings, woodwork, replacing of fuse boards, electrical sockets, tiling of bathroom floors, general clean and re-grout of existing wall tiles, redecoration of corridors, walls and woodwork.

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