Making light work out of small jobs, Parkeray LITE has been an integral part of Parkeray’s service offering for over 19 years. Our LITE Managing Director Jason Pitts answers a few questions about his fab team and how they serve a diverse range of clients.
SO, JASON, FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW, WHAT IS PARKERAY LITE?
Contrary to popular belief we are not Parkeray’s lighting division. We are Parkeray’s small (and I like to think special) works division. Parkeray has always offered small works but recognising that these types of projects require a more streamlined approach and structure, we officially launched LITE in 2002.
WHAT TYPE OF SERVICES DOES LITE OFFER NEW AND EXISTING CLIENTS?
Existing clients have the comfort of a continued dedicated service to meet their needs, with cost-effective planning/installations to maintain and enhance their office environments. We also support our Interiors arm with client aftercare on many completed major projects.
For new (and naturally existing) clients, we understand that not one service suits all so we tailor our approach to fit their needs. We offer a range of services: upfront budgeting and initial project advice; space planning and design services from our architect and design partners, as well as offering a range of construction approaches such as small works, frameworks, term contracting, dilapidation works and summer works, especially within the education sector.
YOU HAVE MENTIONED PARKERAY INTERIORS, HOW DOES LITE DIFFER FROM THEM?
For all intents and purposes, we really are one and the same, we call ourselves an ‘internal arm’ of Parkeray. What this means; is that we are built from the same foundations. I have personally been part of this family since the beginning, which (scarily) is coming up 23 years; we have a strong set of ethics and core messages upon which we set the business up and we follow exactly the same format; that of providing a professional fit out service to our clients and consultants alike but in a non-confrontational, noncontractual manner.
What makes the LITE team different is how we are structured, this makes us very competitive within the small works bracket, which we perceive as being projects up to £500,000. We have Quick Response Vehicles, or in the real world, a number of vans. This is a huge asset as we can reach our clients all over London and the Home Counties quickly and can respond to those all-important small works that require immediate focus. We will respond within 24 hours and will deploy our team within 48.
PICK THREE WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE YOUR TEAM?
Warm, experienced and dedicated (with an appreciation for shortbread).
WHAT’S YOUR MOST MEMORABLE PROJECT AND WHY?
It was a Brighton themed fit out that involved creating a man-made beach with deck chairs and a funfair for a well-known technology company. We pride ourselves on our repeat and negotiated business, we have been working with this very cool client consistently for the past 7 years and in that time have undertaken 14 projects with them.
WHAT’S THE SMALLEST PROJECT LITE HAS COMPLETED?
An office dilapidation in Mayfair with £200 worth of decorations for a longstanding repeat client. We really will provide a service if we possibly can, no matter how small.