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Celebrating World Mental Health Day: Mental Health is a Universal Human Right.

World Mental Health Day is a time to raise awareness about mental health and an opportunity to encourage individuals to seek help when facing mental health challenges, no matter the circumstance.

This year’s theme, “Mental Health is a Universal Human Right,” highlights the importance of equal access to mental health resources and support.

At GS Contracts, we believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, which is why we are dedicated to providing our staff with the support they may need.

We believe that by supporting mental health in our workplace, we can create a more productive and positive work environment for everyone.

We do our best to support our staff. Take a look below at some of the ways we support mental health in our workplace.

Mental Health Resources

At our company, we encourage our staff to speak openly about their mental health. However, we understand that this can be a difficult topic for some individuals. That’s why we make it clear that there are support charities available to assist them. One excellent charity is the Lighthouse Club, which provides aid and support to those in need within the construction industry.

Unfortunately, every working day, two construction workers take their own life. This is why the Lighthouse Club is so dedicated to educating those around us on the signs and symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression to help provide the support they need.

Visit the Lighthouse Club Website Here

Encourage Open Communication

As a business, it’s important for us to encourage open communication about mental health in the workplace.

We try to create a supportive and inclusive work culture by encouraging open communication and creating a safe space for employees to talk about their mental health.

Posters are dotted up and around the office and workshop to encourage speaking up and getting support.

Providing Mental Health Training

Our site manager, Lee Brittain is currently in the process of renewing his mental health first aid training.

Lee is on hand to provide support to all of our staff members and is on hand to any employee who is experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress.

In today’s world having someone like Lee on the team makes a huge difference in the well-being of our employees.

Our commitment to our staff’s well-being is unwavering, and we strive to create a work environment that is positive and productive for all.

Our 10-step Project Breakdown

At GS Contracts, our client’s satisfaction is the key to our success. We take pride in providing exceptional services that meet the needs of our clients.

We work closely with each and every one of our clients to understand their requirements and expectations.

Our team are dedicated to providing the highest quality work in a timely and efficient manner. Whether you need a small project completed or a large-scale fit-out, we have the expertise and resources to get the job done right.

To make things as straightforward as possible, we have streamlined our processes to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays or complications along the way.

Here is a 10 step breakdown of what to expect when you work with us.

  1. Landlord Information Gathering- To begin, we will engage with you, whether you are the client or the designer, to gather all the relevant information about the premises. This includes understanding the fit-out requirements, as well as the dos and don’ts specified by the landlord. We will also explain our cost estimation process, ensuring complete transparency from the outset.

  2. Costing the Full Design Pack- Once we have received the full fit-out guide and design pack, our commercial team can begin costing all elements of the project.
    Click here to meet our Costing Team

  3. Order Secured- Once you approve the design and costing, we will proceed to place the order. This step allows us to procure all the required materials and schedule the necessary subcontractors for the project.

  4. Joinery Drawings and Workshop Preparation- For any custom joinery items in the project, our CAD team will prepare detailed manufacturing drawings for the workshop. These drawings will undergo a thorough review and be signed off by either the designer or the client.

    Click here to meet our CAD Team

  5. Construction Phase Plans- As the project progresses, our Project Manager will take charge of creating detailed construction phase plans. These plans outline the timeline and specific steps involved in the fit-out process. They will also be shared with the landlord to keep them informed about the project’s progress.

  6. Engaging Building Control- During this phase, we will engage with the relevant building control authorities. We will submit the necessary drawings and arrange the first site visit with them. Maintaining close communication with the building control authorities ensures that the project adheres to all the required regulations and standards, with regular updates provided until completion.

  7. Procurement and Scheduling- At this stage, all the required products, materials, and tradespeople for the project will be procured. Our team will handle all the orders, making sure that everything is in place and ready to commence work on-site.

  8. Commencement of Work- The start date for the fit-out will be subject to the approval from the landlord and the completion of necessary paperwork and drawings. We take into account our workloads to ensure we can dedicate the required attention and resources to your project.

  9. Site Duration and Process- The duration of the project on-site will be determined based on the landlord’s fit-out guide and the specific requirements of the project. For example, if there are intricate processes like applying microcement on walls, we will allocate the necessary time for its installation. Throughout the on-site work, our team will handle all tasks professionally and efficiently.

  10.  Project Handover- On the specified handover date, we will present the completed project to you, ensuring it meets all requirements and standards. We take pride in delivering snag-free results. Additionally, we will provide you with an Operations and Maintenance (O&M) manual, offering guidance on how to maintain and care for your new space.

We hope this thorough breakdown provides you with a clear understanding of our process when working together.

We are committed to delivering exceptional results and ensuring a positive experience throughout the entire project journey. If you have any further questions or need clarification, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.

Need help with your next project? Get in touch today!

Keeping Costs Down with our Pricing Team

Here at GS Contracts, we offer a complete turn-key fit-out solution with experience operating across the hospitality, leisure, residential and commercial sectors.

Throughout the process, we provide in-depth documentation, including a breakdown of costs and the scope of the project.

Our tight-knit pricing team works closely with our Contracts Managers, CAD team and Production team, ensuring every step along the way runs smoothly.

Our pricing team are responsible for producing the full scope of works where necessary and can also price from a fully detailed existing scope utilising our extensive & robust supply chain.

Keeping costs down on your fit-out project is something we’re passionate about here at GS Contracts, which is why our pricing team are always searching for the best prices and ways to meet your budget.

Get to know our pricing team below!

Get to know our Pricing Team

Alanna Chillingworth
Alanna Chillingworth- Estimator

When did you join GS Contracts?

February 2017

What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

On a typical day, I balance leading the Estimating Team with producing cost estimates and fulfilling duties as the Commercial Manager for live projects.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Working with my team to deliver precise and high-quality quotes is one of my favourite parts of my job. I enjoy working with our clients to hone their quotes to ensure their project fits within their budget. I also love building relationships with our clients and their teams throughout the project, working alongside our Project Managers to manage finances. I am fortunate to work with such incredible people at GS Contracts, including our clients- they are all amazing to work with!

When did you join GS Contracts?

November 2016

What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

On a day-to-day basis at GS Contracts, I am responsible for pricing all joinery works within the business, ensuring to price every job fairly and competitively.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I’d have to say the variety of work that comes in and the people I get to work with.

Gary Swift
Gary Swift- Joinery Estimator
Adam Leek
Adam Leek- Estimator

When did you join GS Contracts?

August 2022

What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

I currently focus on estimating, which involves determining the cost and value of every aspect involved in an inquiry’s scope. Once the costs are calculated, they are compiled into a quote document and issued to the client. This way, our client can determine if their intended work can be achieved within their budget. 

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The people are really nice and always willing to share their professional knowledge. The coffee machine makes a good brew too!

When did you join GS Contracts?

September 2022

What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

I jump between running the commercial aspects of projects on site as a QS and pricing tenders for new work as an Estimator.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The people; We have a great team, so it’s always a good atmosphere in the office. The Variety; We work on many different fast-paced projects, so you never know what you’ll be working on next!

Craig Barker
Craig Barker- Quantity Surveyor
Laura Warren
Laura Warren- Estimator

When did you join GS Contracts?

March 2023

What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

I am responsible for preparing competitive quotes for our clients and selecting trusted sub-contractors and suppliers to give a fully compliant and inclusive quotation for their desired projects.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Securing new projects whether from existing clients or new ones is always a high point.

Are you looking for a reliable pricing team for your next project? Get in touch today!

How do our CAD team turn your ideas into a reality?

Here at GS Contracts, we offer a complete turnkey solution, meaning we can assist with your journey from an initial idea- right through to completion.

Our CAD (Computer-Aided Design) team are responsible for creating the technical drawings for all metalwork, solid surfaces, and bespoke joinery items.

With their knowledge and years of experience our CAD team use the latest technology to create accurate, detailed and efficient drawings prior to manufacture.

Ian and Colin (Our CAD team), work closely with each client to ensure all models meet their specifications. From concept to completion, our team will work with you to turn your ideas into a reality.


What did Colin & Ian have to say?

We sat down with Colin and Ian to learn more. Here’s what they had to say.

We asked, “What’s your background and how did you get into CAD?”

Colin told us “I started at GS Contracts as a Bench Joiner and soon became a Workshop Manager. The company later took on a draughtsman meaning I regularly sat with him to go through what we needed in the workshop. I took an interest in the drawing side of things and decided to learn AutoCad off my own back in the evenings. Having just completed the course, our draughtsman decided to leave. I was then offered a new role as a draughtsman- I definitely had to step up my game over the next six weeks to gain as much knowledge as I could before he left. I’ve been drawing ever since!”

Ian said “Originally, I trained to be a Welding Engineer. I was working in a trade within an ever-evolving industry which gave me a valuable set of tools to progress into a design role. My background allows me to tackle projects with a knowledgable set that I believe a purely academic education cannot achieve”.

CAD Design

We then went on to ask “What has been your favourite project to work on so far?”

Colin said “Mine has got to be the Residential Project, Sugar Quay. It was certainly something different to what I’m used to, with some challenging details to design and high spec. joinery elements”

Ian went on to say “My personal favourite has to be ROVI Ottolenghi. This project had lots of detailed metalwork and lighting panels that ended up working really well- I just love the finished result!”

We then wanted to dig a little deeper and asked “What’s your favourite part of being a draughtsman”

Colin replied “Seeing the finished product from the drawings I’ve done is my favourite part, it’s great to see the changes that the initial design has gone through”

Ian told us “There are lots of things I love about being a draughtsman. I enjoy being able to essentially ‘fabricate’ items across multiple projects, overcoming unforeseen design clashes before they become an issue and having a big input into the overall design of the project- it’s great!”

CAD Design
CAD Design

Lastly we asked Colin and Ian “Why is having in-house draughtsman so important at GS Contracts?”

“Being able to easily discuss different details, ideas and problems with other knowledgable team members -it’s much more practical discussing details face-to-face!” Colin said.

Ian continued “It’s important to have good communication between the project directors and other team members when drawing up the designs for a project. Having this team in-house expedites the design approval stage, increases project turnaround times and the total number of projects that are completed within a given timeframe”.

It’s no doubt that the CAD team are a vital asset to the GS Contracts Team. Thanks for your hard work & dedication, Colin & Ian!

Need help with your next project? Get in touch today!

What have we learnt in the last 30 years?

Last year we celebrated our 30th anniversary here at GS Contracts.
Founded in 1992 by Gary Smith, we have grown from humble beginnings to the strong team we are today.
We have taken it upon ourselves to look back over the last 30 years to reflect on what we have learnt and the impact we have made.

The last 30 years have allowed us to learn from our mistakes, overcome many challenges and achieve spectacular things.

Here’s what we’ve learnt over the last 30 years…

The importance of building a good team

One of the most important lessons we’ve taken away over the last 30 years is the importance of building a good team around you.

We are proud to have built a dedicated and professional team around us, creating a high level of efficiency and collaboration in the workplace.

Not only internally but also externally, it’s crucial for us to have a reliable team around us, including material suppliers and subcontractors who all follow a similar ethos to ourselves.

Today in 2023, we have a strong and devoted team driving us to success that we are incredibly grateful for, and that is continuing to grow and evolve.

GSC Team

The right person for the job

Putting the right personnel on the right project is a skill we have learnt to perfect.

We understand that everyone has their own unique skills and abilities, which comes in handy when selecting the right people for a certain project.

Selecting a team of people who can collaboratively work together while bringing different strengths is pivotal to achieving the end goal.

GS Contracts Installation

Successfully planning ahead

This industry has taught us the importance of planning a job properly.

The planning process is principal for any one of our projects- no matter how big or small!

Planning thoroughly helps us eliminate unnecessary mishaps further down the line and ensures each project can run smoothly with a clear and structured method in place.

Once a project has gone live, our trusted project managers are always on hand to ensure everything operates fluidly and correctly.

GS Contracts Project Design

Listening to our clients

We spoke to our founder, Gary Smith, to discuss what he believes the most important lessons we’ve learnt over the last 30 years are.

Gary stressed the importance of listening to our clients, helping us to understand their requirements and exactly what they expect from us.

Spending time listening and communicating with each and every client helps to provide a successful result in line with their expectations.

Not only do we directly deal with clients, but we also spend lots of time integrating with architects and designers in order to provide the fabrication and solution to their ideas; therefore, it is important for us to build up good relationships with every designer to ensure the operational procedure will run smoothly and successfully.

Frescobaldi Interior
Pre Salons Retail Fit-Out Interior

Treat every project as our own

The final lesson we’ve learnt over the last 30 years, and arguably the most important, is putting ourselves in the shoes of our clients.

By our team treating every project as their own, we are able to ensure that each job is managed professionally and handed over to the highest quality.

It’s our job to understand your goals and turn your visions into a reality, which is why our team are trained to deliver each unique project to an exceptional standard.

Manufacturing a counter

So, what have we learnt?

The last 30 years have taught us many valuable things, all of which have led us to the success of where GS Contracts is today.

We are committed to providing the best quality spaces for our clients and dedicated to continuing to develop and hone our skills this year.

Thank you to everyone for supporting our journey over the last 30 years, and we look forward to what the next 30 have in store for us!

Get in touch with us today to kickstart your fit-out project this 2023. 

Our top 5 tips: How to create a Timeless Restaurant

We have now been fitting out restaurants for over 25 years, so we thought it was about time to share with you what really makes a timeless restaurant.

Working alongside some of the industry’s most reputable architects, designers, and industry professionals, we have uncovered what makes a long-lasting restaurant that everyone will love!

We all love keeping up with the latest design trends, but is it always the best approach to follow when fitting your restaurant out?

Below are our top 5 tips on how to create a timeless restaurant- that will impress over and over again!

Frescobaldi Interior
Zuaya Interior

1) Be Unique

First up, one of the most notable tips-be unique! Nobody wants to see two of the same restaurants along the same street!

Pinterest boards and Google searches are great places to begin your restaurant design inspiration. But if you’re continuing to see the same style, maybe you should reconsider your choices.

You want to stand out from the crowd, so come up with something original that will invite new people and make them want to visit over and over again!

The last place you want to visit is an outdated restaurant with no character. Keep in mind that trends come and go, so ensure the design of your restaurant will hold its value throughout the years.

Hyde Park Lido Lighting

2) Durability

Durability is a vital part of maintaining a timeless restaurant. Ensuring you are using high-end quality materials on the fit-out of your restaurant lengthens the time in which it remains looking fresh and pristine.

Undoubtedly, you will face wear and tear; glasses get smashed, and tables get messy. You need to invest in good quality, durable materials that will withstand the abuse.

Our workshop team are constantly working with a variety of easy-to-clean, durable materials. For more information on why you should implement solid surfaces into your restaurant fit-out, click here.

Solid Surfaces

3) Branding

A strong brand is arguably what creates the personality and identity of a successful restaurant.

We have worked with both chain and individual restaurants over the last 25 years, and have found that a solid brand strategy is vital for the success of their business.

ITSU, Coco Di Mama and Ottolenghi are prime examples of well-established brands, with multiple different restaurant locations.

The shopfront of your restaurant is one of the main focal points to broaden your client base. Continuing the same theme throughout the restaurant creates a memorable brand for your business.

Take a look below at some of our favourite shopfronts we have completed:

El Norte Exterior
Ottolenghi Chelsea Exterior
Ottolenghi Marylebone Exterior

4) Structure & Efficiency

Considering the structure and efficiency of a restaurant is extremely important for your customers to be comfortable and content.

Think about your seating efficiency; you don’t want your customers feeling trapped or too close to others. You want to maximise the space whilst maintaining a suitable distance between other diners and the staff moving around.

Your restaurant should be structured with careful thought put into it. Your floor plans should allow for easy circulation of both staff and customers and should flow naturally.

Rovi Ottolenghi Restaurant Refit
Hyde Park Lido Fit-Out

5) Location

The location in which you are planning to open your restaurant plays a massive factor in its success.

The food market is a thriving yet competitive industry- You should think about who you’re trying to attract, its accessibility and what other shops are located around it.

Is the area busy enough for you to attract your target consumers? Does the location fit the design of your restaurant? Do you have a great deal of competition around you?

All of these factors should be taken into consideration before finalising the location for your restaurant.

You not only want to target the right people but generate enough business for it to be worthwhile.

Pavilion Road Chelsea

By taking into consideration our top 5 tips, we can assure you that your restaurant will be well on its way to success.

If you are looking to open a restaurant but don’t know where to begin, get in touch today and our team will be happy to help.

How can solid surfaces transform your fit-out project in 2022?

Solid Surfaces

Did you know that in addition to wood joinery, GS Contracts are also experienced working with a variety of different solid surfaces across our projects? Solid surfaces are becoming increasingly popular on our fit-out projects, and we’re not surprised considering the endless list of benefits they offer.

Design visions are limitless with the solid surface choices we offer here at GS Contracts. Our in-house team are skilled in working with such high-quality materials including Corian, Staron, Hi-macs, Hanex, Tristone, Krion & Avonite.

Working with a variety of unique materials, we will always try to provide you with the perfect solution to any problem or requirement you may have and solid surfaces can often be the perfect choice.

Solid surfaces worktop
solid surfaces worktop

What are the benefits of using solid surfaces in your next fit-out project?

There are many great benefits to using these solid surface materials in your future fit-out project. Take a look below at some of the advantages of using these different materials:

  1. Easy to clean & maintain– The solid surfaces we work with are extremely easy to wipe down and clean, making it a manageable and low maintenance option to implement on our projects.
  2. Versatility– You are spoilt for choice with endless colour, pattern, and design options, giving you complete freedom to create seamless shapes and joins.
  3. Durability– The properties that make up the solid surfaces are extremely hardwearing, making it difficult for them to be scratched, cracked, or damaged.
  4. Cost Effective–  We can implement various forms of solid surfaces into your project to reach your desired visual outcome at a competitive price to suit your budget.

Below are some of our favourite solid surface features to date!

Ottolenghi Marylebone

Ottolenghi Marylebone solid surfaces corian
Ottolenghi Marylebone solid surfaces corian

Kineya Mugimaru

Solid surfaces kineya
Solid surfaces kineya

22 Bedford Square

solid surfaces 22 bedford sq
Bloomsbury Custom Made Tea Points


solid surfaces itsu
solid surfaces itsu

Ottolenghi Chelsea

Ottolenghi Chelsea
Ottolenghi Chelsea solid surfaces

Working across the residential, commercial, retail, leisure and hospitality sectors, our team have proficient knowledge and skill to deliver project after project at exceptional quality.

By combining our interior contracting, bespoke manufacturing, and solid surface experience, our team are your perfect match to exceed your expectations time after time. We’ll always provide you with high-quality products accompanied with competitive prices to suit your budgets. Our team are always more than happy to talk you through the best options to meet your design and costing requirements.

If you are searching for a reliable contractor to carry out your future project, why not get in touch today?

Why join a GS Contracts Apprenticeship Scheme?

We are proud to offer a range of apprenticeship schemes here at GS Contracts. Many staff members that make up the GS Contracts team originally began working with us as an apprentice and have since worked their way up within the business.

Not only are apprentice schemes a fantastic way for us to train new staff members, but they are also a great opportunity for staff to develop the skills needed for more senior and more complex roles

Contributions in the Workplace

All apprentices we’ve taken on in the workplace have made great contributions to our team whilst learning and gaining the necessary skills on the job.

Many people think that apprenticeship schemes are primarily taken advantage of by those who have recently left school/college, but- research has shown that the age profile of those starting apprenticeships has changed, with a higher proportion of apprentices starting over the age of 24.

One example is one of our talented workshop employees, Martyn Rhodes. Martyn joined us at age 31 and began a bench joinery apprenticeship; today, he is valued as one of the most essential members of our workshop team.

Apprenticeship Joinery
Martyn - Bench Joiner
Manufacturing a counter
Martyn- Bench Joiner

We understand apprenticeships aren’t just for young individuals looking to grow and develop, which is why we welcome those from different backgrounds taking the opportunity to join our team.

Similarly, we value the continued progression of our apprentice’s. If presented with a permanent job offer, we will consider future training and education for our team to progress into new areas.

Liam Saunders is a great example of one of our long-term employees here at GS Contracts who has worked his way up from an apprenticeship scheme to becoming one of our committed contracts managers.

GS Contracts Apprentice
Liam's work as an apprentice- Taken in 2003!

Current Apprenticeship Schemes

Here at GS Contracts, we currently have two apprenticeship schemes running within the business- one in the workshop and the other in the office environment- providing both with an opportunity for continued growth and development.

Comments from Michael Sullivan, Director

“Freddy has recently enrolled on bench joinery NVQ levels 1 & 2

The apprenticeship will assist Freddy with his theoretical knowledge and basic practical skills before implementing this into all aspects of manufacturing and joinery.

His weekly attendance at college has given Freddy relevant basic skills to assist with his development at GS Contracts. In his short time at GS Contracts, Freddy has shown a great attitude to his work and day to day activities within the business”.

Bench Joiner Apprenticeship GS Contracts
Freddy Level 2 Bench Joinery Apprenticeship
Digital Marketing Apprenticeship GS Contracts
Hannah Level 3 Digital Marketing Apprenticeship

Comments from Lewis Elsey, Director

 “Hannah has recently enrolled on the Digital Marketer Level 3 course which I believe has played a key role in her development.

 The apprenticeship has given Hannah the ability to develop her theoretical knowledge before implementing this into practice. Not only has the apprenticeship given Hannah relevant and up to date digital marketing knowledge, but it has also given her the confidence to lead our digital marketing strategy.

Within the last 12 months Hannah has grown from strength to strength and the combination of her apprenticeship coupled with her on the job experience has facilitated this”.


At GS Contracts we are always on the lookout for motivated individuals interested in a career in our sector, either as a site apprentice, a workshop apprentice, or an office apprentice. If you are interested in discussing a potential apprenticeship contact enquiries@gscontracts.com.

Working with Entrepreneurial Clients

Since our inception in 1992, we have been extremely fortunate to transform some amazing spaces for our clients, working in collaboration with national brands on their aggressive growth strategies along with one-off clients on their first project.

In recent years we have noticed the growth in what I would class as the entrepreneurial client. i.e. Looking to open their first or second premises, to make this a success with the potential of opening more sites in the future. Working with this client can be challenging but is very rewarding when you support them through the journey working as a collective to the same goal, helping make their ideas a reality.

Below we have provided insight into how we, GS Contracts, can add value when working with entrepreneurial clients whilst highlighting the key factors to consider when thinking about your first project.

our 10 step project breakdown
Man holding sheet of timber

How can we add value?

  • We offer a complete project management service from start to finish making the process as stress-free as possible- Which includes the development of a scheme prior to starting on site, management of on-site works, health & safety, subcontractors, and financial management. We ensure to host weekly meetings to discuss all of these topics whilst ensuring the project remains on track.

  • On all of our projects, the bespoke joinery items are manufactured in-house from our workshop in Colchester, giving us complete control of our supply chain; ensuring that all items are the highest of quality.
  • With over 30 years of industry knowledge and experience, we can share our expertise in terms of material specifications, value engineering options and legislation that needs to be adhered to (to ensure a compliant fit-out).

  • Our operatives are highly skilled undergoing regular and ongoing training, coupled with a hand-picked specialist supply chain that supports us on all of our projects.

In times of recession there are massive opportunities and fortunes to be made, so for new up and coming entrepreneurs, this is the time to go and start a business.
Quote from Richard Branson
CAD Office

Factors to consider when thinking about your first project:

1) Budget

Budget is an important factor to consider when looking to fit out your first project. It is easy to underestimate the cost of a project, so we would advise being cautious whilst ensuring you have a contingency available to capture any unexpected items that arise throughout the project. If you want a better understanding of the funding options available, we work with a selection of finance brokers who can help fund all or part of your project. We are always more than happy to make an introduction to you.

2) Time Frame

It is not uncommon for projects to take longer than initially planned. For you to receive a comprehensive quote, time is required at the initial stages to visit the site, understand the information, put together prices and gather information from subcontractors and suppliers.

3) Team

Having the right team is essential when delivering a project. You need to ensure you select the right contractor and understand their capabilities. Some contractors will only carry out the building works, whereas others will offer the design and build element under one umbrella.

Are you looking to employ an interior designer to put together a design scheme in terms of finishes, layout, space planning e.t.c?

Will you need an architect to provide technical know-how such as licensing, planning, listed building consent?

Other stakeholders involved in a project can include building control, the landlord, the local council, the property agent and many more.

GSC Team

These are just some areas to consider when selecting the right team. At GS Contracts, we are well versed in offering a complete turnkey solution in terms of design and build.

We are also more than happy to assist by just offering our fit-out services if our client has a preferred designer they wish to use.

Ultimately, having the right team on board should help eliminate any potential problems along the way.

Upon acceptance of a quote, planning time will be necessary to carry out any procurement, health & safety, mobilising resources and identifying any long lead items such as the manufacturing of joinery & metalwork etc. In our opinion, getting this stage right is essential to create a seamless and more efficient project delivery.


“Gary Smith and the team at GS Contracts are a true pleasure to work with. They were flexible, professional and went above and beyond to successfully complete our first project to a very high standard. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them and look forward to working with them on my next site.”
Mimi Gaston-Kennedy
Founder of Pre-Salons
“I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you for the fit out of my shop. I am extremely happy with the result, and everybody was super helpful. I would like to highlight Gavin, Alanna and Phil in particular who all have been excellent, and Phil made the entire process very easy for me and looked after everything well. I will for sure be in touch for my next shop.”
White Pine
Sebastian Doehring
Founder of White Pine Forest
White Pine Interior
White Pine

Do you have a project you wish to discuss?

In summary, your first project is an exciting prospect; and luckily, we are here to help. Our role is to make the process as seamless and stress-free as possible whilst providing advice and support along the way.

If you have a project you wish to discuss or would simply like some advice, feel free to reach out to Gary Smith or me- and we would be more than happy to discuss this further.




Our Process

At GS Contracts, we provide a complete turnkey solution, meaning we can assist with your journey from an initial idea- right through to completion. With over 25 years of experience designing, manufacturing, and installing beautiful, high-quality spaces, here is our approach and why it may be best suited to you:

Developmental Process Advice

We are able to help guide your project right from the early ideas and proposals, offering advice on the design, compliance, and development of your ideas. We value the time to sit and discuss your budgets and timescales, enabling us to gain a thorough understanding of your plans. It is important to us that we design a solution tailored to you, and fortunately our skilled team can help devise a full custom-built scope of works if necessary.

Alternatively, we can price from a detailed existing scope by utilising our robust supply chain. We regularly work with interior designers who have already been appointment by our client, alternatively with our extensive experience we can work with you to recommend an interior designer.

Tailored Design Plans

Once we have a detailed conception of your visions, our team are then able to begin proposing a plan to ensure your project is delivered smoothly. Our draughtsmen here at GS Contracts are responsible for creating the technical drawings for all metalwork, solid surfaces, and bespoke joinery items.

With their knowledge and years of experience alongside your design approval, we are then confident for our in-house team to begin manufacturing the items, located at our production facility in Colchester, Essex.

Solus Ceramics Showroom Basement Counter
Hyde Park Lido Lighting

In-House Manufacturing Facility

With our own in-house 20,000sqft manufacturing facility, we are well equipped to deliver bespoke joinery for standalone items as well as full fit out projects.

Our in-house production facility allows us to ensure the quality of products are up to standard for our client and ready for installation on site, whilst also giving us full control over our supply chain.

GS Contracts Bespoke Manufacturing

High Quality Project Delivery

Once everything has been finalised and approved, our project teams are ready to begin installation on site. Our project teams are skilled in their ability to deliver projects on time, on budget and of the highest quality, whilst adhering to the highest of health and safety standards.

Bedford Sq Tea Point Drawer Handles
Como Garden interior plants

Each project has a dedicated site manager and project manager to make the on-site delivery as seamless as possible. We also provide a weekly financial update to ensure your budget is being met.

GS Contracts Installation

Project Handover

Once the job has finally finished, we are able to hand over your beautiful new space! We aim to hand over every project with ‘zero snags’ and are always readily available long after completion, to offer advice with our aftercare services.

Every project handover comes with a comprehensive O&M manual, so if you need to make any changes, you’ll find all the information you need in one place.

Rovi Ottolenghi Restaurant Refit
Acacia Training Office Refurbishment

Can our team help you? Give us a call or drop us a line and make our team your team.