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John Lewis and Partners Tender Success 2019

After a rigorous selection process, I am delighted to announce that Durabilis have once again been successful in renewing our contract for the supply of Office Moves and related construction works for the John Lewis Partnership Head Office Sites. 

Maintaining the long standing relationship with the Partnership is greatly valued by Durabilis and I’d like to extend my personal thanks to our Senior Contracts Manager, Colin Marsh, who works tirelessly to ensure the Partnerships high expectations are consistently upheld.

Both Colin and I look forward to continued working with the JLP Facilities and Construction teams in the future.

Jonathan Stone


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IT Test and Development Room Refurbishment

Client: John Lewis Partnership
Location: Jubilee House, Bracknell
Project size: Medium
Time Scale: Six Weeks
Delivered: January 2018


Convert a former print store into an IT Test and Development centre to house a large retail enterprise IT test environment.

Removal of a fire shutter and brick up the former opening. Create new rooms within the space and create new door openings within the existing walls. Decoration to the new rooms and installation of vinyl floor. Installation of power, data and LED lighting.

Relocation and installation of Test and Development infrastructure from various locations into the new rooms creating a single consolidated Testing environment.

Durabilis Comments

A diverse project, involving a range of trades needing careful project management to ensure a smooth coexistence of the different trades to deliver within the timescales. The project also required close collaboration with the client’s IT teams to ensure the careful and precise relocation of the existing test and development equipment by the Durabilis team into the new location.


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IT Operations Centre Conversion

Client: John Lewis Partnership
Location: Jubilee House, Bracknell
Project size: Medium
Time Scale: Four weeks
Delivered: March 2018


Transformation of a large room formerly housing computing infrastructure into an office space with secure access.

The project involved demolition to sections of the ceiling, walls and doorways. Installation of new doors, solid glazed partitions and suspended ceiling.

The office area was then carpeted, new office furniture installed along with video conferencing and large format display information screens.

Durabilis Comments

An opportunity for our Commercial refurbishment team to deliver a crisp new working space in partnership with our sister company Duratech for the Audio Visual installation, all delivered in a busy working building without disruption.


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Directors Review 2018

Spring has truly sprung and here I am only just getting around to reflecting on 2018, an exciting and busy year for Durabilis. The Estate Management team have completed a wide variety of interesting and challenging projects from new builds to renovation, restoration, shower block refurbishments and maintenance across the estates we partner with.

The Office Refurbishment and Moves team have completed another outstanding year, continuing to expand our customer base and taking on a range of projects from multi floor restacks to, relocations and full refurbishments all whilst maintaining the quality of workmanship and customer service that Durabilis has built its reputation on.

I’m delighted for my team and I to have worked with some great new clients in 2018; Innovise, Beaulieu Estate, Specsavers and Nteractive to name a few.

I have asked the Project Management Team to showcase some examples of our achievements from last year in the form of case studies which will help illustrate the full range of services Durabilis provide. Please watch this space.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my team for their continued hard work and dedication in all that we do and of course my thanks go out to our valued clients for their support and custom throughout 2018. I look forward to working with you in 2019.

Jonathan Stone


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Office Dilapidations

Client: Innovise
Location: High Street, Slough
Project size: Medium
Time Scale: Two weeks
Delivered: October 2018

Scope: Following the vacation of the client from the office, the space had to be returned back to the landlord as a bare shell.

Durabilis were instructed as follows:

  • Remove all additional electrics and plumbing added by the Client.
  • Remove air conditioning units along with condensing units and all pipework.
  • Remove air handling unit.
  • Make good original fan coil air conditioning system.
  • Dismantle 5 No. Glass fronted meeting rooms and remove from site.
  • Remove any dividing fire walls.
  • Remove all window blinds
  • Repair ceiling and walls where offices have been removed.
  • Remove server cabinets along with all wiring.
  • Dismantle Comms room and remove from site.
  • Move floor boxes to facilitate open plan office set up.
  • Make good flooring with existing carpet tiles.
  • Paint walls and all door frames and skirting boards.
  • Thoroughly clean

DBL comments: During a very busy year for Durabilis we answered the call from Innovise who were vacating their existing office at the end of their lease. The office had to be returned to a bare shell in order to hand back to the landlord. Innovise had to achieve this within very short timescales and so instructed Durabilis to carry out the dilapidation work, we were able to oblige leaving a very happy customer.

Bernie Oates, Innovise Project Manager. “A job well done in a very short space of time”.


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Showcasing our new showroom and breakout space

We are delighted to publish the final results of our very own breakout space and meeting room facility designed to showcase to new and old clients.

These works show what can be done to utilise a roof void within a commercial unit, with a new kitchen facility, flooring, lighting, sliding/folding partition door system to provide a flexible work space area and furniture from the Edge Design range providing a splash of colour and a flexible solution for both meeting and breakout needs. The project also boasts a state of the art AV solution provided by our very own Duratec Audio Visual Ltd.

Our thanks go out to our own installation team plus……

If you’re in the area, please pop in to see for yourself.

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Family Fun Day 2017!

Gansta boss and his mole

Following the success of last years family fun day, we decided to try it again but this time in July with the hope of avoiding the rain. But it wasn’t to be with a downpour throughout the entire day and sadly the much anticipated rounders rematch had to be cancelled. Watch this space for Durabilis versus the rest of the world in 2018!

the clear up team





With a change of venue this time around and lots of indoor space (thankfully) we still pulled off a great day full of fun, fine food and refreshments.

A massive thank you to all of our suppliers on the day who really went the extra mile, The Magic Brushes, Photo Booth Parties, Rustic Events and Carlos Ice cream.


This years chosen charity was CLIC Sargent, fighting for young lives against cancer. It doesn’t get more worthwhile than that. With a GoXtreme Camera at stake, we raised an amazing £236.00 for this fantastic charity. Well done to Dan Martin who was the lucky winner. Thank you for everyones kind generosity.

And finally our thanks to everyone who helped make sure the day was a success, too many to name but a special mention to those who helped set up and the clear up squad who stayed ’til the death.


Please click here for this years gallery and for a small selection of photo booth beauties!

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Works undertaken in our own back yard… a nice change!

‘The construction of our new office was a major undertaking, getting it right was critical; Working in a fast moving and dynamic sector, we are used to taking a pragmatic approach to business and this project was no exception.

We chose A&A with Durabilis for a ‘turn-key’ job including fit-out and furnishings. We selected Durabilis for the fit-out work, as we felt they were a perfect fit for us in this approach; Project Manager Pat Lafford was very accommodating and allowed us to work closely together to get exactly what we wanted, providing the expertise and advice we needed, when we needed it.

This professionalism was echoed by each member of the Durabilis team onsite, who were always extremely courteous, were masters of their trade, and their work was of a high standard and to our specification; in short our team are thrilled with the outcome.

-A.M. from Cortex.’

To view the works undertaken, please click here to view our case study.

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Spring has arrived… Along with Jen!!!

We are very pleased to announce that Jennifer Chapman has joined Durabilis as Project
Manager. Jen joins us from Underwood Carpenter where for 3 years she was seconded into Waitrose as a Project Manager, managing the planning, design and construction negotiations on their new stores. Over the past 12 months, Jen was a consultant on infrastructure upgrade projects and housing refurbishments at the Waitrose Leckford Estate. A perfect fit for us!

Prior to moving to the U.K. Jen worked in-house as Development Project Manager for AHG (Australia’s largest automotive retailer) and Project Manager for Goodman Group, concentrating in large distribution / warehousing. Jen studied Construction at Newcastle (Aus) University and Architectural design and technology in Newcastle.

Typically Australian, Jen loves her sport, and admits will occasionally support England.

She is a keen cyclist and is constantly looking for that next Alpine cycle challenge.

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Poppy the new apprentice…

Poppy!Introducing Poppy the new apprentice specialising in bin emptying, office stress reliever and official welcome party! She will be in the office most days so please be sure to make a fuss of her on arrival.

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