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World’s leading virtual care provider expands with new Brighton HQ

Teladoc, the world’s leading provider of virtual healthcare services to a wide range of insurers, large corporates, affinity groups and the NHS, has completed a relocation to larger premises in Brighton to support its sustained growth.  The fit-out to its 330sq m offices was completed by BRAC Contracts, the second

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BDC 319 : Aug 2024

BRAC contracts

World’s leading virtual care provider expands with new Brighton HQ

Teladoc, the world’s leading provider of virtual healthcare services to a wide range of insurers, large corporates, affinity groups and the NHS, has completed a relocation to larger premises in Brighton to support its sustained growth.  The fit-out to its 330sq m offices was completed by BRAC Contracts, the second such project it has delivered at Aspect House on Queen’s Road in the past few months. Active in the UK market for over 10 years, Teladoc has grown rapidly, and following the Covid-19 pandemic when this growth was further boosted, it became apparent that larger premises would be needed.  Larger premises, however, needed to also meet specific post-pandemic needs as Rachel Austwick, Office Manager, explains: “Having been based in Brighton for three years, we were acutely aware of how well established the area is for the digital, professional and health industries, so we were keen to remain here as the team grew further. However, it was imperative to make the new offices not only modern, but also flexible, accessible and above all a safe environment to which we could welcome staff and those who visit us for face-to-face meetings. “We spent a significant amount of time looking for the right location and when we found Aspect House it ticked so many boxes.  Not only is it a stone’s throw from both the train and bus stations, it also offered the accessibility needed for a business that welcomes visitors with mobility issues.  The floor itself had great potential, offering us the chance to create from scratch our own meeting room spaces and breakout area.” The Category-B fit-out work that BRAC Contracts carried out on the fifth floor which is now occupied by Teladoc, has been comprised of M&E alterations, stud partition walls and glass partitions, kitchen and break-out area installations, and the complete refurbishment of the bathroom facilities. Commenting on the work, Rachel continues: “It’s always nice to receive recommendations for work of this kind, but the benefit that we had was being able to witness first-hand the BRAC team in action on another floor of Aspect House and get to know them that way. “From our first meeting, it was clear that the BRAC team was professional, knowledgeable and had a great pedigree.  Having Tony Saxby, the Project Manager, on site made the experience smooth and the whole team was welcoming and attentive to answering our questions.  From the initial quote through to the recent completion and handover, they’ve all been brilliant, and I wouldn’t hesitate in either engaging them again, or recommending them to others.” Teladoc’s new Brighton base has been designed to accommodate up to 50 team members at any given time ranging from directors, through to clinical staff and support services such as HR and IT.  Concluding, Adam Clark MD at BRAC Contracts said: “Having successfully managed a commercial fit-out for Jarltech on the 3rd floor of Aspect House, it has been an honour to so quickly be recommended for another similar project in the same building. “Teladoc’s workload has exploded in the wake of the pandemic and working closely with Rachel and the team, we’ve successfully delivered a workspace that will sustain this busy team in their important work both today and for many years to come.”   

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POS and Auto ID distributor relocates to newly refurbished Brighton office

Jarltech, one of Europe’s leading specialist distributors of POS systems and Auto-ID hardware, has completed a relocation of its UK operation to newly refurbished offices in Brighton city centre.  The fit-out work to the 330 sq m offices, worth £125,000, was completed by BRAC Contracts. The move to Aspect House on Queens Road, is part of Jarltech’s strategy to be more conveniently located for both existing and future customers as it seeks further growth.  Harriette Wysocki, Country Manager UK&I, comments on why this has proved to be the perfect location. “With a UK-wide customer base, being located near to strong transport links is vital and with the return to face-to-face meetings, having nearby restaurants and bars to entertain those customers in is a bonus. “We viewed countless offices, but Aspect House not only ticked the boxes in terms of location, but it also provided us with a blank canvas to really make the space ours.” Local property consultants, Flude, negotiated the tenancy of the 3rd floor to Jarltech and recommended BRAC Contracts to carry out the Category B fit-out.  Work included M&E alterations, stud partition walls and glass partitions to create distinct office areas, installation of a kitchen and break-out areas, and internal finishes including carpeting. Harriette continues: “Having never project managed a scheme of work like this before, it was hugely reassuring to work with a team like BRAC.  I had input into all aspects of the fit-out, but they advised me with honesty and transparency and really helped to bring the vision for our new offices to life.  Both myself and the 20-strong team based here are delighted with our new surroundings. “I’d have no hesitation in recommending BRAC Contracts to other businesses looking to complete a commercial fit-out and, in fact, have already done so to another new tenant here at Aspect House!” Concluding, Adam Clark MD at BRAC Contracts said: “This is the latest in a very successful run of commercial fit-out projects that we’ve completed in central Brighton in the last year alone, and it has once again been a pleasure to be recommended by the team at Flude. “Harriette and her team at Jarltech were keen to maximise the blank canvas that the third floor at Aspect House offered them and it’s fantastic that their experience of working with us has led them to recommend us to another soon-to-arrive tenant in the same building.” Aspect House is owned by Savills Investment Management and managed by Savills.

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BRAC Contracts hands over transformed industrial estate in Waltham Forest

A comprehensive programme of improvement works at the Lockwood Way Industrial Estate in the London Borough of Waltham Forest has been completed and handed over by the main contractor BRAC Contracts. The £650,000 project was secured by BRAC following a competitive tender process and included improvement works to both the industrial units, as well as the surrounding public realm. Located within the Blackhorse Lane Creative Enterprise Zone, the Lockwood Way Industrial Estate is home to an eclectic mix of local businesses including two craft breweries and a vintage scooter specialist.  The improvement work has been carried out not only to further increase the attractiveness of the area to new businesses, but also to improve it for those already based there.   The estate now boasts attractive new frontages to the industrial units, signage for both the businesses themselves as well as the wider estate, artwork, footpath widening, fencing, landscaping, and road resurfacing.  It brings to life a vision created by We Made That.  BRAC’s MD, Adam Clark, comments: “As an area identified for investment, Lockwood Way possessed huge potential not only to be updated and made more attractive to current and potential tenants, but also to become a more integral part of the local community. “Through the work that we’ve delivered against the vision outlined by the team at ‘We Made That’, the estate now has the potential to offer ‘after hours’ facilities and increase its vibrancy beyond all measure! We’re delighted to have been involved in such an important project and look forward to witnessing it being enjoyed.” The transformation of Lockwood Way will be celebrated on July 16, 2022, with a family-friendly block party featuring live music, children’s activities and street food. Concluding, Councillor Ahsan Khan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration at Waltham Forest Council, comments: “Lockwood Way Industrial Estate has become a home for a broad variety of creatives, makers, and artisans who have transformed it into a bustling hub of culture and small businesses. We are delighted to have worked with We Made That and BRAC, alongside local businesses, to improve the area and build upon its heritage to support new industries finding their way and help local up-and-coming talents establish themselves. “The Lockwood Way project is an amazing opportunity to highlight the skills and services available in the borough, support local business growth and create jobs, and protect the breadth of creative diversity in the area.” Further information on the Lockwood Way Industrial Estate can be found here: https://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/regeneration-and-growth/regeneration-blackhorse-lane/regeneration-blackhorse-lane/lockwood-way

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