And that's a wrap!
The end of the year is often a time for reflection as well as celebration. We invited Angus, our Commercial Director, to reflect on some of Open’s 2021 highlights. So, from the challenges of working in a global pandemic to the successful completion of various projects, here is what he had to say.
Which of Open’s achievements in 2021 are you most proud of?
Open has navigated its way through the exceptional challenges of the pandemic, continuing to deliver amazing quality projects for our clients while adapting to keep people safe.
How would you describe our current way of working?
We’re keeping on working while ensuring more space, more fresh air, and more flexibility to work from home when it makes sense.
What is the key to our success and what makes us good at what we do?
The Open ethos drives everything we do; a straightforward and honest approach combined with an obsession for delivering quality. We go the extra mile, aiming to resolve problems without making a fuss, embracing change along the way to ensure our clients always get the amazing outcomes they really want.
How have we managed to maintain our company culture during the pandemic?
By endlessly communicating with each other, with our clients and with our subcontractors through a mix of virtual meetings, one to one contact and face to face meetings in large airy spaces, the company culture has been maintained and strengthened while keeping everyone safe.
What are you looking forward to for Open and the team in 2022?
With a burgeoning order book from both new and long term clients, and many exciting projects on the horizon, and a growing team to deliver them, the future looks bright for Open into 2022 and beyond.
What are your wishes for our partners and clients for the New Year?
As we all come to terms with shaping a new normal for how we live and work, we look forward to adapting alongside our partners and clients to help them to create the spaces they need to meet whatever challenges and changes come their way.
Which of our projects completed this year was your favourite and why?
I would say, Laszlo. We worked tremendously hard to reimagine this 1920s style former warehouse into a smart and modern workplace. More than 40 subcontractors worked on-site and managing these in a safe working environment was crucial for us.
The project also involved some major structural alterations internally and externally and a complete courtyard make-over. Better yet, 94% of the waste was recycled during the strip-out of the project. We’re very proud of how our works helped Laszlo ‘shape the future in Archway’.
Are you going to make any New Year’s resolutions or goals for 2022?
Angus joined us as Commercial Director in January 2020, and since then he successfully coordinated various projects for Open, including Panagram, Laszlo, Hamilton House and now Hatton Garden. Find Angus on our People page and connect with him on LinkedIn.