Optimum secure two major Bristol projects

Optimum Group are delighted to have secured and commenced work on two exciting new projects in the centre of Bristol. We have recently started work on the first of.

Grange University Hospital update

As a trade contractor, we rarely get the chance to see the direct impact of our work on the people that eventually inhabit the homes, offices, schools and.

Optimum Group Covid-19 Announcement

As you are all aware the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been developing rapidly over the last few weeks and on Monday evening the Prime Minister announced additional measures.

Fire Stop Solutions

After 18-months, a team of 50-fire stoppers and numerous complex design challenges, progress at arguably one of the largest fire-stopping projects in the South-West and Wales is entering.

Optimum secure two major Bristol projects


Optimum Group are delighted to have secured and commenced work on two exciting new projects in the centre of Bristol.

We have recently started work on the first of these projects, Baldwin Street Student Accommodation, with new client Beard Construction. This residential development will include 92 new student accommodation studios over 5 storeys, as well as a retail unit and communal space. The building, which has been empty since 2010, was most recently known as The Sports Café and has now been completely stripped back to the concrete frame whilst retaining its original street facing façade.

Optimum will be responsible for the internal lightweight partitioning, drylining, suspended secondary ceilings and SFS (steel frame systems) on this historic Bristol building with works due to complete in November 2020.

Just across the city is our second new business win, Castle Park View. This is a significant and much anticipated 375 apartment mixed ownership residential development in the City centre. Once completed, it will be a landmark figure on the Bristol skyline and will include the tallest residential structure in the city.

Working on behalf of new client Bouygues UK, Optimum will be carrying out the internal partitioning, drylining, suspended ceilings and SFS works on this project with an estimated contract value of £4.55 million over 69 weeks.

Optimum Group Operations Director Matthew Davies commented –

 “We would like to thank our project and estimating teams for continuing to work tirelessly (from home) during the recent lockdown and our suppliers SIG, Minster, CCF, Rite-Fix, Metsec and others for all their help and logistical consistency during the pandemic”

In securing both Baldwin Street and Castle Park View, we are fortunate to be working on four major, live residential developments (including ND6/7 & Redcliff Quarter) in the heart of Bristol during such uncertain times.

Once again, we would like to express our wholehearted thanks to all of the remarkable suppliers who have continued to supply materials and equipment to our sites throughout this difficult time, but more importantly, to all our staff. Thank you for bearing with us whilst we try our best to plan for what’s ahead.

Grange University Hospital update


As a trade contractor, we rarely get the chance to see the direct impact of our work on the people that eventually inhabit the homes, offices, schools and hospitals we help to build.

So, we feel especially proud of the chance to contribute to the planned early takeover of the ward’s area of the Grange University Hospital (SCCC) in Llanfrechfa near Cwmbran.

Work is now underway to temporarily commission parts of the new super hospital which will open a year early from the planned public opening date and six months quicker than the programme, to provide an additional 350 beds by the end of April to help tackle the Coronavirus pandemic.

In line with new safety guidelines, the main contractor Laing O’Rourke has implemented stringent measures across the site to ensure the safety of all keyworkers including the purchase this week of a substantial quantity of hospital grade hand sanitiser, purchased as a collaboration between Optimum, Hazelwood Carpentry and Laing O’Rourke, as a true example of one-team working together.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Optimum Fire Stopping and Drywall Systems site teams, alongside fellow contractors, who are working tirelessly in the joint effort to get this project open by the end of this month.

Optimum Group Covid-19 Announcement


As you are all aware the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been developing rapidly over the last few weeks and on Monday evening the Prime Minister announced additional measures to control the spread.

Having worked tirelessly on risk assessments over the last few weeks and although the current measures do not recommend the closure of construction sites, to protect the health and well-being of our staff, sub-contractors and their families, we have taken the difficult decision to temporarily suspend operations at all of our sites (except at Critical Care locations) from immediate effect.

This decision has not been taken lightly but having considered all options we feel this is the right decision for the immediate future, however, we will continue to further assess how we can and where we can fully comply with the guidelines in the hope that we can become operational in the near future.

We will also close both Bristol and Cardiff offices for an initial three-week period.

We would like to take this opportunity to send our best wishes to our clients, suppliers, sub-contractors and friends.

Thank you for your understanding and support at this difficult time as we look forward to happier times ahead.

Most importantly, please stay home and we hope you all stay safe.

Simon Britton

Managing Director

Optimum Group

Fire Stop Solutions


After 18-months, a team of 50-fire stoppers and numerous complex design challenges, progress at arguably one of the largest fire-stopping projects in the South-West and Wales is entering the penultimate phase of the fire stopping installation process.

The Grange University Hospital (SCCC) in Llanfrechfa, Wales is the new £350 million-pound Specialist Critical Care Centre serving the South East Wales area.

Hospitals can be complex projects, just the sheer scale and quantity of services running through multiple corridors and rooms. To give you an idea of the scale and complexity of fire stopping works, a typical large hospital could have between 20,000 to 40,000 firestops, sometimes up to 100,000 combined firestop and acoustic seals, the Grange University Hospital is likely to exceed this!

Just the sheer scale of works coupled with so many factors to consider i.e. fire rating required, the different types of services passing through, the size and location of the penetration seal and of course difficult access, combine to make the most challenging of projects.

Optimum Fire Stopping Manager – Chris Fitzpatrick commented: “the numbers we have dealt with on this project are staggering with literally tens of thousands of penetrations. Identifying viable tested solutions is critical, as each penetration is different from the last”

Working in collaboration with the main contractor, Optimum has worked through a multiple-stage sign-off process, involving meticulous checks and detailed recordings throughout the project, before handing over to Optimum Drywall Systems who are installing secondary suspended ceilings throughout the site.

Chris Fitzpatrick further commented “key to this project has been to ensure a detailed and consistent channel of communication between engineers, main contractor client and suppliers ROCKWOOL, Hilti and Siderise.

The Grange University Hospital (SCCC) in Llanfrechfa, Wales is under construction by Laing O’Rourke.

All fire-stoppers are FIRAS and NVQ accredited.

Optimum is a Specialist Fire-Stopping and Passive Fire Protection Contractor.

A Great Start to 2020!


Optimum Group has secured another major project in South Wales.

True Swansea (Morfa Road) is a £34million, 706-bedroom, purpose-built student accommodation project for client Create Construction.

This £5million project is the fourth for Create and the second in Swansea in the last two years.

Optimum’s Drywall Division is supplying a range of services including Internal Lightweight Partitions, Drylining, Finishing, Suspended Secondary Ceilings and SFS. This 46-week programme will see a site-team of around 80 and will be led by Jason Birkett (Operations Manager) and Richard Bond (Senior Site Manager)

Optimum Group Managing Director Simon Britton commented “this really is a fantastic way to start the new year with a major win in South Wales. We are once again proud to be working with Create Construction on a second major project for them in two years. Building lasting client relationships continue to be at the core of our business”

Optimum Combined Services – World First


It’s not very often we get an opportunity to work with a product that’s application is a first for the manufacturer and never previously installed anywhere else in the world but that’s exactly what Optimum Combined Services had the pleasure of recently installing for main-contractor client R&M Williams.

R&M Williams we’re tasked with meeting exacting acoustic standards within the new administration building at Bristol Airport, whilst also obtaining a cost-effective solution to provide an acoustic rated raft ceiling. Several systems were considered with Optimum proposing the use of a Knauf AMF product. The ‘Hexagon’ design, a world-first for Knauf AMF, provided both the visual impact and acoustic performance required for this high-grade project. However, it was not without concern as this was the first time that the system had been utilised on such a large area.

Designers Stride Treglown worked with Knauf AMF to define a plan to incorporate each of the 400 hexagon raft-panels individually set-out to coordinate with mechanical and electrical services. This stunning product requires a high-quality installation and the precision of the installer is critical to the completed project, as all distances between the rafts had to be kept exact.

R&M Managing Director Darryn Parry commented: “The accuracy and workmanship of the installation required from Optimum was faultless with all parties client, principal contractor and designers all delighted with the completed installation, which has exceeded expectations.”

Oliver Peat, Bristol Airports Senior Project Manager commented: “Knauf have provided a fantastic end product that met our comprehensive acoustic specification alongside meeting our interior designers brief in terms of both quality and aesthetics. Optimum OCS’s installation was meticulous which can be seen from the quality of the finished installation which surpassed expectations”

Optimum Appoint Board Director


The Board of Directors of Optimum are pleased to announce the appointment of Sam Linton.

“We’re exceptionally pleased that Sam has taken on this role within our senior management team” said Simon Britton Optimum Managing Director. “Sam’s commitment to Optimum since joining in 2004 has been unwavering.

As well as growing her own team, Sam has independently enhanced her own personal development and worked tirelessly to overcome the challenges of an ever-changing industry. Her knowledge and experience will be a huge asset to the team”

Unity Street Bristol Update for Midas Construction


Unity Street is a major £24 million redevelopment scheme to transform a derelict area of land within Bristol’s Old Market Conservation Area.

This mixed-use development for main contractor Midas Construction comprises two and six-storey blocks featuring 202 student bedrooms and residential properties. It also sees three existing red brick buildings converted into retail, office and restaurant space.

Work commenced in October 2018 and continues, with the student accommodation phase handed over in September. The project has a contract value of £1.47 million. The Optimum Team is led by Operations Manager Steve Ng, Site Manager Steven Ng Jnr, QS Laura Weston and a site team of between 25-35 operatives.

Optimum Group continues to deliver a range of services including internal lightweight partitioning, drylining, SFS, suspended secondary ceilings and Fire Stopping.

Optimum Group has built up an impressive track record in the student accommodation sector, with previous projects Fitzalan and Oxford Street both in Cardiff and also for Midas Construction and Capital Quarter Cardiff and Swansea University Campus for client Vinci.

Optimum sponsor Gloucestershire Cricket Club


Optimum Group are delighted to announce their continued support of Gloucester Cricket Club. Optimum have been a major sponsor of the club for the last 6-years and continue their naming rights of the Sports Bar situated directly below the Hammond Roof at the Pavilion end of the ground.

Optimum Group Managing Director Simon Britton said: “We are delighted to continue our support of Gloucestershire Cricket Club and are looking forward to the remainder of the season”

Head of Commercial at Gloucestershire Cricket, Neil Priscott said: “Optimum are a much-valued long-term partner of Gloucestershire, we are really pleased to have them on board once again this season. Optimum have become synonymous with the sports bar, a popular area with spectators on match days”

Pictured from Optimum left to right
Derek Nutt (Operations Manager-Combined Services) and Chris Fitzpatrick (Manager-Fire Stopping Division)

Barratt Homes appoint Optimum Fire Stopping


We are pleased to announce that today Barratt Homes (Bristol Division) appointed Optimum Fire Stopping Division as their preferred supplier for Fire Stopping services.

This exciting new relationship kicks off with a high-profile regional project, Ladden Garden Village in North Bristol.

Ladden Garden Village is the latest new development for Barratt in North Bristol, creating a community of over 2,000 homes and will eventually include a local centre with shops, sports pitches and a primary school. Optimum will initially supply fire stopping services to 14 apartment blocks and communal areas on Barratt’s second phase of the project.

Fire Stopping Manager Chris Fitzpatrick commented ‘we are looking forward to working with the team at Barratt Homes and is the icing on the cake for what has been an excellent start to the year’

Pictured (left) Rob Moore – Senior Quantity Surveyor (right) Chris Fitzpatrick – Optimum Fire Stopping Manager