Optimum Group secure prestigious regional projects.

Finzels Reach – Bristol

Finzels Reach is our first project for new client Willmott Dixon.

Finzels Reach is a construction of 194 new build PRS scheme apartments in Bristol City Centre, over two blocks, George’s Wharf and Hawkins Lane.

The project is to be run operationally by Site Manager Dave Jardine assisted by Mike Mangeolles and commercially by Senior QS Richard Smith.

Total project value approx. £2.5 million for SFS Framing, Internal Partitioning and Ceilings commencing September 2017 with the project completing in October 2018.

Redcliff Quarter – Bristol

Redcliff Quarter is for client Galliford Try Construction and consists of 128 new build apartments in Bristol City Centre.

It’s the first phase of the development to include further apartment blocks, a hotel for Radisson Red and some restaurant and retail plots.

The project team is headed up by Senior Site Manager Shaun Brunt and commercially by QS Alice Horwood.

Redcliff Quarter may give us the opportunity to introduce our recently launched Fire Stopping Division, after our recently successful FIRAS accreditation. The launch of the service is being well received after recent events in London.

Total project value approx. £1.9million for SFS framing, Internal Partitioning and Ceilings commenced in July 2017, completing in Spring/Summer 2018.

Stoke Gifford Retirement Village – Bristol

This recently secured new build project for new client Galliford Try Partnerships consists of 261 retirement apartments (92 one-bedroom apartments and 169 two-bedroom apartments) plus communal space including a library, gym, restaurant and hair salon.

The internal package value is £1.9million and is headed up by our team of Jason Birkett (Contracts Manager) Steven Ng (Site Manager) and Elliott Puzey (QS) this project is due to complete in February 2018.

Hinkley – Bridgwater

Hinkley is for client Laing O’Rourke and sees the construction of amenity buildings in two locations HPC and Bridgwater-A, making up the Hinkley Point Worker Campus.

HPC is on-site at Hinkley Point, whilst Bridgwater-A is an off-site location. The buildings will provide catering, activities and relaxation, for workers staying away from home.

Contract Manager Jason Birkett will head up both projects with Site Managers Shaun Evans (HPC) and Adam Hewlett (Bridgwater-A) on-site operationally. QS Mark Leech will run the commercial side.

Total project value approx. £1.1million for Internal Partitioning and Ceilings commencing August 2017 completing in January 2018 (HPC) and an October 2017 start with anticipated completion date of March 2018 for Bridgwater-A.

Pictures from left to right: Finzels Reach, Redcliff Quarter and Stoke Gifford Retirement Village

Optimum Group sponsor Bristol Rovers FC

This week Optimum Group confirmed a season long sponsorship of the Bristol Rover’s South West Stand.

Simon commented:

“My father and uncle used to take myself and my cousins to watch Rovers at Eastville, and encouraged us to bang on the advertising boards when Paul Randall and his team mates were on the attack.
Later, as a teenager, I joined several other like minded youngsters in watching Rovers from the Tote End.Now we have a growing business with links to the Bristol community.
We are proud to be associated with the Rovers and the South West Stand sponsorship. We wish Darrell Clarke and his side all the best for a successful season.”
Memorial Stadium Manager Ian Holtby added;
“We are delighted to welcome Optimum Group into the Bristol Rovers family.We look forward to a long and successful partnership with the company”.

Pictured left to right – Club Manager Darrell Clark, Optimum Group Managing Director Simon Britton and Bristol Rovers Chairman Steve Hamer.


Optimum launch ‘Site of the Month’ initiative

Optimum Group has launched an internal company initiative to promote best practice and site safety. The monthly scheme works across both Drywall and Combined Services Companies.

The scheme has strict criteria and is monitored by Group Health and Safety Director Tony Marshfield and Operations Manager Steve Ng.

Tony commented:

“The scheme actively rewards those who support a good health and safety culture on-site”

Steve commented:

“We launched the Site of the Month initiative as an incentive for our teams to focus on the overall implementation of our procedures and to give some direction and structure to their workload. It also creates some healthy competition between the sites.”

Group Managing Director Simon Britton commented:

“The Site of the Month initiative is a further example of our continued commitment to health and safety and best practice across all our sites.”


Tyler Clark and Mark Newman (City and Country), who picked up the award for June.

Matt Charlton (Crest Nicholson Bath Riverside B5) picked up the inaugural award for May.

Well done to all their site teams!

NHBC Health and Safety Awards 2017

Matt Charlton from Optimum Dry Wall Systems attended the 2017 NHBC Health and Safety Awards on Friday at the ICC Birmingham, hosted by TV comedian Jon Culshaw.

Matt was invited by the Crest Nicholson Regeneration Team who picked up the ‘Highly Commended’ award for the Bath Riverside Project in the ‘Best Site’ category.

Matt commented, “it was a great night and I was proud to be part of this winning team”.

We’re Recruiting!

We are currently looking to recruit three new Assistant Site Managers to be part of our growing company. You will assist the Site Management Team in the coordination and control of the onsite process, ensuring the build progresses is in-line with the Site Programme.
The successful applicants would need to possess or be working towards an HNC in Construction.
If you are interested in this exciting position or require further information, please contact Alex Jones ajones@optimumdrywall.co.uk .

Optimum Long Service Awards

Shaun Brunt

Shaun started his career after leaving school working in our head office in Bristol.
Learning all aspects of procurement and office work he very quickly became an asset to our business and worked hard for just over a year getting up to speed with office life .
Having spent the next year as a QA assistant on site Shaun moved on to assistant site manager reporting to one of our senior site managers.
Having progressed up through our management structure over the past 10 years Shaun is currently completing a £2.2 million apartment block , a refurbishment of an office block , Lewis place in the centre of Bristol as site manager , however his next project is a prestigious development of luxury apartments for Galliford Try construction where he will be overseeing the Structural framing ( SFS ) , Drylining , Firestopping and plastering as a Senior site manager .

At 27 years old Shaun is one of our youngest senior site managers and is an absolute credit to our company .
Good luck for the next 10 years Brunto

Mike Randall

Mike joined the business back in 2005 as a sub contract delivery Driver / yard man .
When the opportunity came for him to become employed Mike decided to go for the full time position of Logistics manager , having spent over 12 years now with Optimum Mike has become a ” jack of all trades ” finding himself driving the truck , labouring , general fixing , even manning reception of late when he had a knee operation , you name it Mike has done it .
More lately Mike has become one of our registered FIRAS Firestopping supervisers and is a trusted member of our team

Thanks for all your hard work Mike

Sean Perkins

Sean is one of our most valued members of site staff
He reports directly to the site manger and organises logistics and labours on any site he’s on
Sean is a quiet spoken lovely lad who has the respect of everyone he works with .
Been working for us for 12 years and is an asset to our business

Thanks for all your hard work Sean

DIY SOS – The Big Build Bristol

The Big Build Bristol
Optimum Combined Services help transform the lives of the Pollard family in Bristol.

Last nights DIY SOS saw Darren Young and the team from Optimum Group help transform the home of the Pollard family in South Bristol.

After suffering a serious illness, twenty-four-year-old Ryan spent the last five years in hospital, with Ryan’s mum Rachel travelling five hours per day by public transport to visit.

So, the DIY SOS team moved in to help transform their small family home, enabling Ryan to return for the first time in five years. This amazing transformation included a downstairs extension and the bespoke care provision that Ryan needed including a wet room, physio and family space, as well as unrestricted access to the ‘entire’ ground floor.

Darren and his 4-man Optimum team provided dry-lining services, expertise and were on-site for most of the build. With overall local support in the region of 80-100 people, on-site each day, from the trades and unskilled volunteers.

The Optimum team were Dirk and Michael Corston, James Thorne and Ant Gregory.

Apart from the infamous short lead-time, other challenges including working with a camera behind you throughout the build and consuming the generous catering provided by the TV company.

Darren wrote:

“I loved every minute and the lads will tell you the same, its a once in a lifetime experience. We all appreciated being asked to take part and doing our bit, were thankful to Simon (Group Managing Director) for applying to be part of the show.
It was a great chance to be part of changing someone’s life for good and the families as well.
The experience is like no other site I’ve been on, there’s a real sense of unity, team effort and care for the other trades. From loading in together, to clearing the site down at the end.
The purple shirts surprised me, I thought they did their bit for the cameras then sat back, but they were very hands-on, hard-working and on-site from start to finish, a great bunch.”

DIY SOS The Big Build, Bristol

We’re excited to see the team from Optimum Group in
tonights DIY SOS, life changing transformation.

Today – 28th June

Check out DIY SOS on Thursday night at 9pm to see how the Optimum Combined
Services team help this deserving family http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08wz0tt .

Optimum Group Announce Deal To Sponsor Gloucester Cricket Club For 3 Additional Years

Following our sponorship of Gloucester Cricket Club over the last few years we are pleased to announce that we have extended our Sponsorship Deal for a further three years.
As part of this deal the Bar and Cafe area in the `Hammond stand will be known as the Optimum Bar and Cafe’.