Over the last few years, we have been working together with a group of schools within the Venturers Trust, a Multi Academy Trust in Bristol, delivering complex renovation projects and the design, specification and delivery of joinery products. Shaun Cockrell is responsible for assigning new projects and is our main point-of-contact with the schools.
Examples of projects we have completed include classroom renovations, taking down walls and building a new school hairdressing salon. We have also converted a disused catering hall into a new sixth form common room. “When it comes to Sweet Joinery,” Shaun says, “there is nothing too small or too big.”
Taking Care of Everything
“I’m fussy,” Shaun admits. “I’m the first to criticise when something’s not how I want it. The great thing about Sweet Joinery is I can just leave them to it. They project manage everything.”
Before we begin a new project, a consultation process takes place, in which Shaun and the school leadership take us through their requirements. Working from the scope, we provide a design if required and outline options for value engineering. Our knowledge of joinery materials and processes also enables us to provide valuable suggestions for enhancement. “Often, Sweet Joinery comes back to us with ideas that are better than mine,” Shaun says.
A Long-Lasting Relationship
Shaun has high praise for director Dan Sweet in particular. “I originally met Dan’s dad, Robert Sweet. Now Dan turns projects around for us with the same level of quality.”
There was one development that required an expensive set of doors only available on a long lead time. Dan’s proposal to make the doors in-house delivered both a significant cost-saving for the client and meant the project was completed on schedule.
"You can't knock 'em"
Shaun summarises the work we do with the schools like this: “There’s no negative feedback the Heads can give. Everything is tidied daily while they’re working. And when the job’s finished, I know there’s nothing more I need to do. You can’t knock ‘em.”