Businessman Andy Preston has heaped praise on the outstanding skills and workmanship of a host of Tees companies that transformed his vision into reality by completing the first phase of Stockton’s Level Q, dubbed Teesside’s most luxurious offices.
Andy says the first phase of what will become of £4.5m project has gone smoothly, with work completed on time and within budget – and with “pretty much everything” done by Teesside-based firms and workers he described as “grafters”.
Level Q offers firms of all sizes unique, high-quality office space featuring a cinema, indoor village green, gym and perks including free wine.
Andy, who is developing Level Q with business partner Gareth Cherry, said: “I’ve worked on lots of projects and used contractors from all over the place – and I can honestly say that the work done here by my fellow Teessiders has blown me away.”
Andy was keen to give particular credit to Level Q’s main construction company, Stockton-based 186 Property Solutions, describing them as “perfect”.
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“186 are the best of the best,” he said. “They have a proper Teesside attitude that’s full of hard work, pride and no nonsense.”
Jonathan Carter, operations manager for 186 Property Solutions, admitted that the office project had been one of the company’s favourite jobs.
He said: “This project was different, with its own challenges due to the ultra-high quality of the fit-out. But we’ve loved it – and, as a Stockton company staffed with Teesside lads, we’re very proud to be playing a part.”
Other Tees businesses who worked together to make such a success of Level Q’s first phase included:
• Epsilon Energy of Middlesbrough installed the air conditioning and energy-efficient LED lighting
• Agile of Stockton provided the IT connectivity and installation of high-speed broadband cabling
• Gary Bibby Joinery of Stokesley carried out all joinery work
• Total Planning Solutions of Middlesbrough provided planning advice
• TFS of Middlesbrough upgraded the fire detection system
• Total Contracting Services of Middlesbrough provided audio visual equipment, an iPad-based visitor sign-in and Sonos music system
• Tees Valley Flooring of Stockton installed all the flooring
• Dualbound of Stockton carried out all electrical work
• Whitehart Joinery of Stockton installed all of the internal doors
• GPS Decorators of Billingham carried out all of the decorating
• Tees Business designers KINSHIP provided the branding
• Eighty8 Design of Middlesbrough designed the website
• Screentech of Darlington supplied and installed the project’s signage
Andy says he is keen to show his thanks to all those who played a role in the project and is planning an official launch party in late November.
“Everyone involved in this fantastic project is invited,” he said. “I’m determined to let everyone know just how grateful I am – so the drinks are on me!”