July 25, 2021

Cardinal Ltd – Quality approach leads to award recognition

Underlining the quality of project it can deliver, Bradford-based Cardinal Ltd has been nominated for not one but two National Building Awards, two Local Bradford Means Business Awards and has also won a prestigious International Green Apple Built Environment Award. 

Cardinal has been successfully delivering contracting, building and shop fitting services on a global platform for the last 30 years and is proud to be celebrating it’s 30thbirthday this year. As a family owned business it has developed a highly successful pragmatic approach to construction, in the process building a wealth of experience across various sectors that allows it to offer a tailored building solution to surpass its clients’ exacting requirements. 

“Our in-house design and M&E teams, coupled with major manufacturing capabilities, ensures that projects can be delivered efficiently and effectively,” explains Michael Brearey, Construction Director. “This coordinated and controlled approach from the outset reduces client costs and programme durations, whilst maintaining extremely high levels of quality.” 

A proven history of successfully completing works within the leisure, retail, residential, healthcare and education sectors means that clients’ projects are in safe hands. This could be a one-off project, a national roll-out or a re-branding exercise. 

“The family ethos of the company alongside our partnering approach, ensures that full care and attention is given to all projects via a dedicated Account Manager and Project delivery team,” adds Mr Brearey. “Regular feedback is actively requested and acted upon as part of our continual improvement strategy. As a result, many of our clients have been with us for a number of decades. Our innovative approach to problem solving, partnering ethos and value engineering mind-set is why they return year-on-year.” 

Cardinal is able to deliver the following services globally: 

  • Manufacturing (Timber, metal, plastic); 
  • Shopfitting; 
  • Design;
  • Contracting; 
  • Building & refurbishment; 
  • Offsite manufacture. 

Supporting Cardinal’s activities are 172 directly employed members of staff and 300,000 sq ft of UK based manufacturing and logistic facilities. Thanks to this infrastructure, it can successfully deliver contracting, building and shop fitting services on a global platform. It has recently been chosen to complete a roll-out programme for a retail giant across 50 of its stores nationally. It was also successful in winning a bespoke, themed fit-out of another of the retailer’s stores where a ’only one in the world’ project will be installed. 

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Following the successful completion of the first store for Joe Browns (retailer) at Meadowhall, Cardinal has secured the second store project at York alongside repeat orders from the NHS, private hoteliers and David Lloyd Leisure, amongst other clients. 

Cardinal also recently completed the successful refurbishment of a hospitality boat on the Thames, the production of hundreds of offsite manufactured bathroom pods and an 81-bedroom hotel in Harrogate. 

“We have a diverse portfolio of clients that continue to spend as per their budgets and we have seen an increase in the number of projects coming to site in both the private and public sectors,” says Mr Brearey. “The market appears to be quite buoyant with slightly increased margins, from last year, being achieved on various projects across the different sectors. 

“Major international retailers or those that operate within Europe appear to be placing orders, some in advance of the Brexit decision, which we think was in the hope of securing the refurbishment works at a ‘known’ rate that wouldn’t be subject to change. There also appears to be, as there usually is, trends with regards similar design themes being used on different projects by different clients.” 

With the market experiencing a certain amount of uncertainty at the moment, the unique qualities that set Cardinal apart from its competitors are really paying dividends, as Mr Brearey highlights: “We really care about our clients. We have a collaborative, transparent and honest approach that starts with costing the works and continues throughout the delivery of the project. If we are able to see a more cost effective method of completing the works, we suggest this to the client and pass the saving across as part of our holistic approach to the project.

“An example of this was when we ‘built’ a project in virtual reality so that the client could fully immerse themselves within the new space. This allowed them to not only see the space but to also feel how it would be used by the operator as well as the customers. A few minor tweaks were made within the VR world and the project was signed off. This method dispensed with the need of prototyping the project, which not only saved significant expense but also saved a number of months on the overall programme allowing the projects to begin on site sooner than through the ‘traditional’ delivery method. 

“At Cardinal we like to think that we go the extra mile for all of our clients by not only delivering successful projects but also tangible savings for them. Our consistently transparent, honest and collaborative approach to project delivery is embedded within our core values, whereby each and every member of staff wants to help the customer to convey the best project that can be. Everyone within the business would be extremely proud to be recognised for their hard work by winning an award at the National Building Awards.” 

With its commitment to quality and customer service, award recognition for Cardinal only assists in making it’s birthday year a special one!