Our Story

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If there’s one thing we’re serious about at Amarelle, it’s creating great workspaces for our clients. We’re a team of experts who are focused on design, quality and excellence.

But nobody will ever be able to tell us that we can’t have fun. We’re the Amarellians – laughter is part and parcel of doing what we love. Everyone here is a foodie, and we celebrate ‘Pie Tuesdays’ religiously.

The light-hearted atmosphere of our studio brings out the best in us, and this shines through in the quality of our work. It helps us attract the best in-house designers, surveyors and project managers in the business. At the same time, we’ve brought together a team of highly skilled builders and fitters who have been with us for decades. They’re part of the Amarelle family.

Our clients tell us time and again that they love our honest, down-to-earth approach and have praised our creativity and professionalism. More importantly, Amarelle’s work has helped them build a happier and healthier workforce.

This puts a smile on our face, because in any organisation it’s the people that matter. We’ve found that being honest, transparent and approachable to our employees, contractors and clients keeps everyone happy. The fact that 70% of our work comes from repeat business speaks for itself.

Now, let’s meet the Amarellians…

 
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Mark Colfer

CHAIRMAN

After working as a carpenter for many years, Mark laid down his tools and worked his way through various construction management roles. As Chairman, Mark brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. He leads by example with an open, ethical and down-to-earth approach and insists on regular team lunches.

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Charlotte Raynes

MANAGING DIRECTOR

As Amarelle’s Managing Director, Charlotte focuses on clients and new business opportunities. She’s has a Bachelor of Laws degree in English Law, and outside work she’s the Social Secretary for Bristol Surf Club.

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Marian Colfer

FINANCE DIRECTOR

Marian has been Amarelle’s Finance Director since 2012, following a career in the NHS where she built up her expertise in contracts, governance and finance. She has a BSc(Hons) in Applied Social Science. She also loves maps.

 
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Sarah Payne

DESIGN MANAGER

An experienced designer with an acute passion for design and a can-do attitude, Sarah returned from a year of globe trotting to develop a successful career in commercial design. She enjoys new adventures whenever possible.

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Mike Cantin

SITE MANAGER

Before making the shift to site management, Mike spent 18 years working as a partitioning and suspended ceiling specialist. Mike enjoys playing rugby for North Bristol as well as being the first team’s backs coach.

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Delyth Williams

SENIOR DESIGNER

With a background in architecture, Delyth integrates structural principles into her designs and creates interior solutions that are more than just visually inspiring. Outside of work she's either pushing her body to its limits in the gym or slowing down the pace looking for little treasures in antiques shops.

 
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Ashley Jackson

INTERIOR DESIGNER

A well-rounded and experienced designer, Ashley is passionate about the design process from concept through to completion. He was brought up on a combination of Lego and Scrapheap Challenge, but today is often found on the seven-a-side football pitch if he’s not away on a city break.

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Alex Reeves

COMMERCIAL MANAGER

A degree-qualified quantity surveyor with over 15 years’ experience in the construction industry, Alex has worked on a variety of projects including commercial new builds, fit-outs, refurbishments and period property renovations. In his spare time he loves surfing, climbing and hitting the road in his camper van.

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Beth Davis

PROJECT LOGISTICS

Supporting our project team, Beth is responsible for procurement and the smooth running of project logistics.

 

Gemma Machon

INTERIOR DESIGNER

Gemma has always been fascinated by the relationship between people, activities and space, believing this is fundamental to successful design. Always challenging herself as a designer, she loves exploring new places and cities, taking inspiration from different cultures.

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Rob Laing

SITE SUPPORT

A retired jockey, Rob now works on site and supports our site managers. He lives for football and when Chelsea play at home you’ll often find him supporting his favourite team at Stamford Bridge.

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Catherine Lydon

PRE-CONTRACTS MANAGER

An experienced quantity surveyor with a passion for design, Catherine is a keen traveller. She has lived abroad in Malaysia and Canada and spends her spare time exploring new places.

 
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Ryan Davies

PRE-CONTRACTS MANAGER

Ryan has over 15 years of experience in pre-contract management in the interior fit-out industry, ranging from hotel dry lining works to office fit-outs and bar refurbishments. He is a keen rugby fan whose favourite player to watch is his son. Although he doesn’t follow netball, he loves watching his daughter on the court.

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Rhys Davies

SALES COORDINATOR

Rhys has broad experience in business development ranging from catering to property marketing. With a degree in Film & Photography, he has many years of experience in the creative industries. A go-getter at heart, Rhys can be found practising Spanish at El Rincon Café and follows Bristol Bears Rugby passionately with his two sons.

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Mac

OFFICE MANAGER

Mac runs a tight ship, regularly checking the stationery cupboard is full of treats. He personally greets each and every visitor to the Amarelle office and likes to keep everyone on their toes, while heavily promoting an active work/life balance.

 

Six great things about working at Amarelle…

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1. It’s fun

Yes, we’re serious about office design, but laughter is part of the game for the Amarellians. We have fun, we enjoy ourselves and we do a good job every time. 

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2. One big family

Everyone who works here is part of our family, and we give them the flexibility to look after their families. We have a family camping trip every year, taking everyone’s partners and children with us. Plus, we have a summer hog roast, inviting all our staff, contractors and clients.

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3. Don’t throw it out!

Every company says this nowadays, but at Amarelle we’ve always taken this responsibility seriously. When we tear out an office scheme, we recycle as much of it as possible and donate used furniture to a local social enterprise scheme for refurbishment and resale. Not only does this reduce landfill, it helps people who are struggling to turn their lives around.

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4. Helping in the community

Amarelle supports one local charity every year, helping them improve their working environment. And, in addition to getting their birthday off every year, our staff are also encouraged to donate a day of their time every a year to a charity of their choice, on us.

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5. We’re sports fans!

We sponsor and take part in paddle-boarding competitions, and touch rugby tournaments. The Amarelle cycle team regularly does sponsored rides to support local charities.

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6. It’s not all about the money

Honesty, integrity and transparency run through everything we do. We do what we say we’re going to do, and deal fairly with everyone – staff, clients and contractors. We regularly advise clients on how to provide a happy, healthy workspace for their staff, and here at Amarelle we practice what we preach.