2001 saw the birth of Realm Projects as Graeme Blakey and David Renshaw started trading from a small unit in Mansfield, of just 1,500ft². In May of that year, we completed our very first full fit out – an optician in Solihull.
An encouraging start to the business enabled us to move to a larger 7,000ft², which, within months, we extended by a further 4,000ft².
We were in a position to acquire our own two acres of land at Mansfield’s Millennium Park. Here, we built a brand new 22,500ft² premises.
We reached a turnover of £3 million and secured Prezzo as a client.
With turnover exceeding £5 million, we established a foothold in the museum sector and as a trusted partner with major retail fitout companies.
We doubled the size of our manufacturing capacity by building an additional 23,000ft² adjacent to the existing facility. This enabled us to re-organise the machine shop to cope with the soaring demand for retail, leisure and museum fit out contracts.
Queen Elizabeth II opened our largest museum project at Whitehaven and turnover reached £6m.
With the UK passing through a period of recession, we retained profitability and secured the Arcadia Group and Chipotle as clients.
Turnover continued to grow and we acquired the Signet Group as new blue-chip clients. We were able to grow with Chipotle, as they expanded into London and mainland Europe. With demands ever-growing on storage and distribution space, as well as our veneering and machine capability, we acquired a further 10,000ft² of adjacent space.
We found ourselves increasingly in demand in the corporate fitout sector and won two major museum projects in Coventry and Lincoln.
Another record year for Realm Projects, as our turnover moved past £10m for the first time. The Signet Group rolled out new concept stores for their H.Samuel brand.
Another landmark year with our biggest project to date – a £3.3m contract with Coventry Transport Museum, successfully completed.
Anticipating continued growth, we doubled our office capacity. We completed our latest museum project with the award-winning Design Museum London.
National Maritime Museum award us a £3.3m project for the Endeavour Galleries, the UK’s largest and most prestigious museum contract of the year.
The re-furbished Members Room at the V&A won the RIBA 2018 Award. The Design Museum won Museum of the Year 2018.
An amazing achievement given the impossible programme and the quality of the finished product.
The Jewish Museum, Camden, London: “Realm Projects stood out because of their attention to detail and experience along with the excellent references we received.”
The Beacon, Whitehaven, Cumbria: "That the project was delivered to such a high quality and within very tight timescales allowed is credit to your company. We were all very impressed with the way Realm Projects have undertaken the Beacon Fit-Out."
Bose, Westfield, White City: “The mutual goal was never in question. Realm never made the mistake of over promising and under delivering. Constant flexibility and pro-active management of the site and supply chain was evident throughout.”
Lady Lever Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool: “Nothing seemed too much trouble and we worked well in partnership. Realm Projects genuinely seemed to understand the common goal and it can be seen in the success of the gallery.”
Endeavour Galleries, National Maritime Museum: “Royal Museums Greenwich are proud of our new Endeavour Galleries, exhibitions that chronicle epic maritime journeys of exploration. It has been a great pleasure working with Realm in the production of our new galleries. Realm have taken great care in the fabrication managing a complex programme of four exhibitions. Most importantly though is the quality that they have extended from fine cabinetry work to complex scenic elements. They are a responsive and collaborative firm and we have worked well in the delivery of a dynamic design. I look forward to working with Realm again in the future”