Crisis UK Archway

Case study – Crisis UK, Archway, London


In 2012, Crisis UK first approached Hannaford to undertake the refurbishment of its head office in London. Following the acquisition of two additional retail units in the capital in 2017, the national charity appointed Hannaford to deliver a ‘turnkey’ fit-out service for both its newest retail units.


The first property in Archway, previously an office for a taxi firm, was derelict. Hannaford’s team had a six-week window to transform the unit into a new retail showroom. Located on the ground floor of a residential block, noise had to be kept to a minimum with daily site closure at 5pm and no work at weekends.


Hannaford was responsible for the entire project at Crisis UK Archway, which included the installation of a goods lift from the shop floor to the basement, necessitating significant structural steelwork.

Being located in central London meant that site access was extremely limited. No skips were allowed, which meant manual disposal of all strip-out waste and timely co-ordination for its collection.

Within the project window, Hannaford’s team completed all the necessary works, including the installation of lighting and air-conditioning, security, fire safety system and decorating. The sales counter and shelving for the unit was also manufactured to a bespoke specification at Hannaford’s workshop in St Albans.

Manj Sihra, Hannaford’s Contracts Manager, who was responsible for the project delivery, said:

 “We were privileged to work for Crisis UK once again at both Archway and Walworth Road sites, where we overcame a number of logistical challenges to create fresh and modern retail spaces. Since the completion of both units, the charity has asked Hannaford to become closely involved in future site selection, cementing a close working relationship.”

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Case study – St Columba’s College

Opened in 1939, St Columba’s College in St Albans, Hertfordshire, is an independent Catholic school for boys. Growth in the student population over the last ten years has necessitated both an ongoing programme of new building but also the restoration of existing infrastructure with minimal impact on the school’s operation.

In 2016, Hannaford was appointed to design, manufacture and install replacement doors for the entire school with a specific brief to replicate the original features, yet ensure that all doors met the necessary fire rating and security requirements. The installation window was limited to the summer holiday period only.

On completion of the project, Peter Beckett, Premises Manager, St Columba’s College, gave the following testimonial:

“We were very impressed with the friendly service and professionalism that we received from Hannaford, right the way through the project. They created bespoke FD30-rated fire doors which matched the oldest building on our site perfectly. The overall finish of the doors, including ironmongery, looks amazing. Their team was exceptionally clean whilst working and sympathetic to our short time frame. Works needed to be completed in the summer holiday and Hannaford’s team were willing to work around office staff who were at school during this time. Hannaford is a traditional, trustworthy company which delivers to a very high standard. St Columba’s College will definitely be using them for future projects.”

 Established for over 80 years, Hannaford’s highly skilled team of joiners has helped to restore and preserve some of the nation’s most treasured buildings, including a number of Royal palaces and museums. Hannaford also brings its creative and technical expertise to bear on a range of contemporary projects, including joinery in schools and other educational establishments, challenging boundaries through innovation and craftsmanship.

Hannaford has built a reputation as one of the foremost exponents of restorative and classical joinery. Its expertise includes the intricate repair of panelling, mouldings, architraves, staircases and doors, even where access is limited. Wherever possible, the timber used is acquired from sources accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), of which Hannaford is a founder member.

 Commenting on the project for St Columba’s College, Keith Speed, Managing Director, Hannaford, said:

 “We were delighted to be approached by St Columba’s College and their requirements allowed us to demonstrate our exemplary craftsmanship, which we ensured was sympathetic to the existing heritage of the school’s interior.  Our clients benefit from unrivalled professionalism, skill, knowledge of materials and seamless project management. With an extensive workshop and design facility in St Albans, we pride ourselves on our accountability and end-to-end management approach, which instils confidence and trust. Hannaford has built a number of long-term customer relationships, developed through our unstinting attention to detail, respect for privacy and care for the environments in which we work. The educational sector is one which Hannaford is perfectly geared to support.”

Schools and colleges throughout Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, that require restorative joinery work are invited to get in touch.

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