When Overbury made the strategic decision to open a northern office in order to provide a truly nationwide service to its clients, the company chose Manchester as its preferred location.
The northern division of the company, which provides a complete fit out and refurbishment service for commercial premises in both the private and public sectors, has built a substantial business from its Manchester base, undertaking just under £50 million of projects since opening the office in 2005.
The company has built a reputation in the market by delivering projects for some of the UK’s top companies including one of the largest commercial fit outs in the Manchester market for Network Rail at Piccadilly as well as completing significant projects for Deloitte and Grant Thornton at Spinningfields. Manchester has proved to be such a successful location for Overbury that the company has expanded its workforce from just one person – managing director, Paul Brown, to 40 staff over the past three years.
Each staff member has been recruited locally for their knowledge of the market and for their strong relationships with local consultants, agents and subcontractors. This has in turn enabled Overbury to grow its client base and project portfolio steadily within the region. This growth meant that in 2007 the business relocated to larger city centre premises in the Zenith Building in Spring Gardens in order to allow Overbury’s continued expansion.
A carbon neutral company, Overbury ensured the fit out of their office fell in line with this ethos. This is also a service they offer to their clients. Speaking about why Overbury chose its new space, Paul said: “It was essential that sustainable delivery and practice was central to the relocation of the business. As a refurbished development, the Zenith Building is making use of an existing building in the heart of Manchester’s thriving business community.”