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Commercial

A core element of our business is the commercial fit-out market. An awareness that being part of a team to deliver the project at best value, on time and at the highest quality is at the heart of our business. As a specialist sub contractors we will ensure that we exceed your expectations in all areas of:

Tendering
Compliant, timely and competitive bids with value engineering advice where applicable.

Cost Control, Quantity Surveying & Programming
Timely cost control reporting adapted to suit your reporting requirements, value engineering, comprehensive substantiations, reactive variation cost advice and programme implications reporting, monthly account submissions and ongoing rolling projected final account projections.

Project Management
Comprehensive project and job programming aligned to suit contract conditions and determine labour requirements for site activities. Full utilization of our ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system ensures that domestic sub-contract and supply only resources are monitored to ensure integration within our supply framework team.

Weekly site reporting, design progress, RFI status and sample statuses are all monitored. Our traffic light monitoring reporting structure is issued to the relevant stakeholders. This simple but effective tool provides a transparant and visual view of the status of the project.

Design & Coordination

Using the latest AutoCAD Inventor and AutoCAD suites, our design and co-ordination office produce working fabrication drawings for approval, ensuring full compliance with the design brief, specification, site conditions and coordination with other trades where applicable.

Design workshops and secondment of Project Draughtsman to Architectural practices or Project site are actively encouraged to ensure we proactively convert your vision into reality.

Drawing release schedules and timely design progress reporting aligned to the contract programmes are issued to maintain design flow programme compliance. Our extensive investment in our Design Workshop ensures full integration with our CAD/CAM factory production capabilities.

Manufacture
Operating from our 25,500sq ft manufacturing facility located in East Sussex, we continue to invest in modern, high quality machinery, aiming to get the balance right between current and efficient manufacturing techniques, whilst maintaining a flexible and traditional bespoke craftsman produced product. Continually investing into our Apprenticeship programme maintains our continued success, as these individuals are the necessary foundations for our continued reputation for high quality craftsmanship. Extensive investment in CAD/CAM technologies ensure our component machined items are of the highest accuracy, whilst maintaining the balance between production volumes and single job flexibility. Our production facilities undertake the following, to ensure your requirements are manufactured on time to the highest quality:

•    Timber selection and conversion.
•    Solid timber processing and machining
•    Board processing and machining
•    CNC programming and routing
•    Veneer selection and matching
•    Veneer shop production
•    Solid surface fabrication
•    Joiner shop production
•    Spray shop finishing using a wide range of finishes from French Polishing to Full Gloss Polyester.

In conjunction with the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) Howard Bros Joinery Ltd constantly reviews its manufacturing processes to deliver “World Class” manufacturing processes and techniques.

Installation

We have a core team of 18 full time directly employed site fixers and site supervisors who are accustomed to providing high levels of quality and who strive to exceed Architects, Main Contractor and Client expectations. Our site employees are fully branded with HBJ site attire and are all fully CSCS certified. All Supervisors are accredited to CITB SMSTP level and all of our operatives hold first aid and PASMA certification.

Ongoing Health & Safety training is frequently refreshed. A pro-active approach to pre snagging means that you will benefit from a guaranteed snag-free finish because we have a quality manager that is dedicated to your project.

Health & Safety
Our Health & Safety Officer has 8 years experience as an independent Health & Safety Advisor working in the construction and manufacturing sector. CMIOHS (Chartered Member of Institute of Occupational Health and Safety) qualified with a pro-active role in delivering excellent standards of Health and Safety both in our manufacturing environment and on site. Project specific Risk Assessment & Method Statements are produced by our Project Team to ensure they are task specific and are issued in a timely manner.

Document Control
Having a dedicated Document Controller gives a unique point of contact for all documentation being received or disseminated within Howard Bros Joinery. This removes the irritation of having several callers request the same documentation and conversely the need to phone more than one person to receive any specific item of documentation. This consistency of contact increases both the speed and efficiency of response to you. One control centre receiving, distributing and filing all documentation removes the possibility of documentation being mislaid, or proving difficult to locate between several draughtsmen all working on a project. Writing O&M Manuals is part of the Document Controllers role within Howard Bros Joinery. In addition to previous technical writing experience, the Document Controller brings dedicated expertise in researching, collating and producing O&M manuals in the required format to meet the exacting requirements and deadlines of our clients. This provides the client with a high quality bespoke manual for each project.