Founded in 1995 by Howard Piper in response to increased demand by the construction industry for help with hire in different and unfamiliar locations. The help that contractors needed was for any hire which included tools, waste and powered access. With their unique ability to supply everything, in any location in the UK with one phone call, they rapidly grew.
The Working Space Requirement
Nationwide Hire Ltd has grown since then to a £17m company with 70 staff, a supply chain of over 1,200 suppliers and access to over 9,000 locations around the UK and Ireland. It was soon clear that they had outgrown their existing facilities in Fareham due to their expanding workforce.
In November 2017 Jonathan Holley (Managing Director) set out to find the perfect 8,000 to 10,000 sq. ft. workspace that would ensure Nationwide Hire’s world-class service levels continue and where the business would have plenty of space to grow.
Delta House, a 60s building which had previously been used as special needs facility for children was found. The building was a maze of rooms and corridors and needed to be completely renovated to create a spacious open plan office.
The Contractor Selection
After a year long tender process Total Design were selected as principal contractor and the 4 month building project began. The brief was to create a modern spacious and exciting office environment while also matching the specific ergonomic needs of a fast response based business centre with acoustics and hot desking key elements.
Total Design had a long-standing relationship with Nationwide as a user of their services, but it was our attention to detail and honest approach that impressed the MD and Owner.
The Works Specification
Works included major demolition and structural alterations and a full fit-out package which resulted in a modern, spacious and exciting office environment. Despite many challenges with such an old building, the project was delivered on budget and to schedule resulting in a delighted client. The building was renamed ‘Howard Piper House’ in honour of the founder of Nationwide Hire Ltd who sadly passed away in 2017.
Throughout the process Total Design was not only managing the project but was heavily involved in the design elements of the project, giving advice to the client and keeping the budget realistic.
Quality Customer Service
Finished on time and on budget, these fantastic high spec offices named Howard Piper House were officially opened by Lynda Piper and ex Portsmouth Goalkeeper Alan Knight on the 8thMay 2019
“From the very beginning I knew Total Design were going to be our choice. Their open and honest approach to the project was refreshing. Their willingness to help us through out the project was key to getting what we wanted”
Lynda Piper, Owner Nationwide Hire
“Their Contracts Management was brilliant from day one. The communication and attention to detail was the biggest factor in this huge project finishing on time and on budget. We are delighted with the new home Total Design have built us Many Thanks”
Jonathan Holley MD Nationwide Hire
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