IN THE MEDIA | ‘Knowles continues growth with Super-Prime projects’ – Building Design & Construction Magazine
Experienced in delivering complex shell & core and subterranean schemes, Knowles continues work on super-prime London Schemes, and expands to the Home Counties.
Knowles service proposition has evolved over the past decade, and now we are proudly working on significant, Iconic and super-prime projects in London and the Home Counties” says Managing Director, Robin Knowles. “The Increase In demand for our services outside of London became apparent around 4 years ago, a trend that we embraced given that there was a clear gap in the market, at a time that coincided with the demise of long-standing contractors in the area.
Knowles is a leading construction company, specialising in super primeresi dential shell and core, subterranean, superstructure projects, as well as selective, and luxury commercial schemes. The trusted partner for principal architects, developers and private clients, Knowles are renowned for their delivery of complete turn-key construction services, of which is favoured due to the Knowles’ ability to do so largely in-house, a unique proposition that allows for a dynamic, and innovative approach to projects. Regarded as one of the leading contractors for complex shell & core, and basement construction in the UK, the company was founded by Robin, a pioneer in basement construction having
spearheaded the residential growth of subterranean development, over 25 years ago, owning the largest basement company of its time until 2009. The evolution of services, to now include works out of London he says “will provide our known excellence and expertise, in a market and geographical area that has a clear gap, coupled with our reputation that is to always provide a unique and innovative approach to construction projects.”
Knowles is anchored in key capabilities that allows each project to be expertly delivered, and, due to a comprehensive range of multi-disciplined in-house skills, knowles confidently acts as Principal Contractor. “As principal contractor, Knowles is on site from the outset: planning and starting the enabling works, moving to the construction phase, which often does include excavation of the substructure as well as superstructure works, and then continuing with either the shell and core works, or proceeding to full fit-out including the coordination of all the specialist and finishing trades” says Robin Knowles. Thriving on schemes that many would shy away from, Knowles’ work can be seen across London, and having recently included complex projects including the excavation of a basement beneath an iconic and historic church in Kensington, and significant works for a mixed-use commercial and residential schemes on a central street in Kensington, which includes complex façade retention and works a mere 300mm from the Circle and District Line tunnel wall, as well as significant country-estate schemes in Berkshire and Oxfordshire.
Whether it’s the creation of a new structure, or building within the shell of the old, Knowles offers an end-to-end
construction service, from the initial enabling works and demolition, to the delivery of the shell and core and the final finishes. As a seamless continuation from construction work, Knowles’ network of specialist trades and artisan craftsmen and women allow for continued expertise from start to finish, working with private clients, architects and interior de signers to take projects until the find stages. What’s more, its integrated approach makes it the perfect partner from initial design all the way to completion and beyond.
Knowles is proud to be a generational family business, and it is because of this, clients can expect an expertly managed, personal approach and turnkey service – essential foundations that we have built our business on
Knowles’ ability to deliver the expertise known and recognised in London, but now in counties such as Berkshire, OXfordshire, Gloucestershire and Surrey is supported by Aidan Mortimer, Group Director. “There have been many changes and challenges in the prime residential and luxury commer cial market over the last few years, particularly over this last year. However, there remains a strong demand for builders with the range of skills and experience needed to successfully deliver well-managed, high quality projects. I am excited for Knowles’ role in this important part of the market.”
Today, Knowles is proud to have completed over 700 projects in London and The Home Counties, and maintain strong investment in Health & Safety and Construction Technologies that further enable a dynamic, agile and innovate approach to complex construction projects.