Wood gets the royal seal of approval

With a name like Luke Wood, it seems carpentry was his destiny and our bench joiner has certainly excelled in his profession. He recently attended Buckingham Palace to be presented with a prize by HRH the Princess Royal, the current President of The City & Guilds of London Institu...
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Our boys hang tough

A team of 8 courageous B&C staff recently survived the gruelling 12.9km Nuclear ‘Tough Mudder’ race, to raise money for a rare debilitating condition suffered by the wife of a close friend and colleague. Over three brutally cold hours, they faced 128 obstacles including dangli...
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Lest we forget

In July Brown & Carroll Commercial Manager, Iain Brooks, visited the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, to donate a new park bench to 7006 (VR) Sqn Royal Air Force Reserves. This followed an appeal from Squadron Leader Andy Fennel, for an urgent replacement after the ...
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Better safe than sorry

We are very proud of our Health & Safety record at Brown & Carroll and regularly conduct training with staff to ensure they are aware of equipment best practices and safety procedures. Recently our eight strong, Bush House fit out team, attended a full day of important Health ...
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Driving Force

With the order books as busy as ever, the Brown & Carroll transport department are constantly ferrying joinery and materials to and from our warehouses and various iconic London addresses. To meet these needs, we recently took delivery of two new Iveco vans, taking our current fle...
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Leathersellers’ 7th Heaven

The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers’ is one of the City’s oldest and most respected Livery Companies. Nestled in the shadow of the defiantly modern Gherkin, by contrast St Helen’s Place is home to centuries of tradition, hosting social and ceremonial activities, Cou...
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STEMNET – inspiring the next generation

STEM is a network designed to inspire young people and create opportunities for learning, around the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Our very own Mike Pearson, volunteers as a STEMNET ambassador in local school James Horn...
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Our Living Legacy continues

Every year as part of our Living Legacy policy, Brown & Carroll commit to planting several thousand trees and bushes. In addition to our quota of 6,000, over the last few months we have helped various individual projects, schools and wildlife trusts throughout Essex and around Lon...
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2016 craft competition triumph

Congratulations to our 3rd year apprentice, David Guiton, who on 7th May, beat 24 candidates to win the 2016 Craft Competition held by The Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers at Stratford College. This prestigious event promotes excellence and for the winn...
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Making Restaurants Sexy

Described as ‘one of the best restaurant and hotel designers of his generation’ by Wallpaper*, Martin Brudnizki is making waves across London. We’ve been privileged to be closely involved in two recent projects with Martin Brudnizki Design Studio: Sexy Fish in Berkeley Square an...
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Breathe Freely

Construction workers are at high risk of contracting lung disease from the work that they do and the respiratory health risks from breathing in wood dust when cutting timber (and in particular MDF) are high. Breathe Freely is a recently launched collaborative initiative led by BOHS, i...
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Safe in the City

In 2013 the issue of safety on London’s roads hit the headlines when six cyclists died in just three weeks, after horrific collisions with heavy goods lorries. Thirteen cyclists were fatally injured in 2014 and by June this year the death toll for 2015 stood at eight. With this i...
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Living legacy update

In 2013, as part of our sustainability initiative with partners Time 4 Trees and the Essex Wildlife Trust, we funded the planting of 2,500 trees. And with the arrival of warmer weather, we are delighted to see they are thriving. Planted at Abberton Reservoir, specifically near Gwen...
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Out with the old, and in with the new

This 8 tonne beast is our new state-of-the-art, HOMAG BMG 511 CNC machine which replaces a previous 12 year old model. As our order book continues to grow, this £170k investment now provides us with the capability to manufacture ever more complex and innovative designs for our discer...
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Brown & Carroll to the fore at TVC

Brown & Carroll MD Paul Carroll was recently presented with a golf shirt by Team Colne Valley Men’s Captain, Trevor Jarman (pictured) after sponsoring the competition shirts for the season. These will be worn by members of the various club teams as they compete in a full season ...
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On the run

On the 28th June, Office Manager Maggie Arnold will once again lace up her trainers for the Basildon 5k run, on behalf of Cancer Research UK. Unfortunately it is hard to find anyone who has not seen a relative or friend suffer - or even personally experienced the effects of this ruthl...
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World Challenge Kenya

Bench joiner Darren Frost is preparing to say goodbye to his daughter Rebecca in July as she embarks on a life changing three week expedition to Kenya. 18 year old Rebecca and the rest of her World Challenge team, will be living out of backpacks and sleeping in tents while they work w...
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Cheyne Terrace team score a hat trick

1 Cheyne Terrace is a high end residential project due for handover. Working alongside contractor Knight Harwood and several other trade firms, Brown & Carroll currently have a team of eight installing all joinery which includes a fitted kitchen, walk in wardrobes, wall panelling,...
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Centenary makeover

World famous restaurant The Ivy has recently undergone a complete refurbishment as it looks forward to next years 100th anniversary celebrations. When it reopens this summer, the only fixtures and fittings that patrons will recognise are the stained glass windows. Items removed from t...
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Worse things happen at sea

On Friday 27th June 2014 Brown and Carroll were one of 40 teams who entered the RORC Morgan Cup Race. This year’s challenge took participants from Cowes to Dartmouth on a 150 nautical mile route, via an Easterly mark just off Chichester Harbour. Representing Brown & Carroll w...
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Time 4 Trees – the right thing to do

As a business that relies on wood, we have long sought to minimise our impact on the environment. Our state of the art factory is just one of the proactive measures we have taken to reduce our energy consumption, increase efficiency and allow us to recycle waste. However, for some tim...
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WW1 Centenary Tribute

Monday the 4th August 2014 marked the centenary of Britain’s declaration of war on Germany and the start of World War One.  To mark this momentous occasion and honour the fallen, Brown & Carroll proudly despatched a group of representatives to Ypres, Belgium. The peloton of ...
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Gold standard fit out in the Olympic Village

It’s not just athletes that have been inspired to win medals after a spell in the Athlete’s Village. Situated in Stratford, East London, The East Village was originally built to provide accommodation for thousands of athletes and officials taking part in the 2012 Olympic and Pa...
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Craftsman competition win

Each year The Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers invite apprentices to enter a prestigious craftsman competition, designed to promote excellence in craft skill. This elite distinction is a great career boost, as Darryl Buckley (Contracts & Commercial Manager) and Luke Ireso...
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Three Quays, 159 apartments, one safe pair of hands

Back in the 17th century, Galley Quay, Chester Quay and Brewers Quay were three individual riverside quays on the north bank of the Thames, right next to the Tower of London. Today they’re the new home of Cheval Three Quays - a major ten-storey mixed use and residential developme...
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Polishing power

When we were asked to produce 5,000 high gloss walnut veneer lacquered panels for the St George Wharf Tower – the highest residential building in the UK – we knew it was a tall order in every sense. But it was also exactly the trigger we needed to make a £50,000 investment in ...
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It’s great at the Tate

The timing was very tight. After being let down by another contractor, the senior management of Tate Britain weren’t sure we’d be ready for their November launch event. But after visiting us at Honywood Road they were convinced – and we went to work. At the height of this pre...
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34 Grosvenor – a very special steak

Fancy a steak? You could try to get a table at 34. But you’ll probably have to wait your turn. Because this is 34 Grosvenor Square in the heart of Mayfair – the latest new restaurant from Richard Caring’s Caprice Holdings. These are no ordinary steaks. And as you’d expect, the...
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Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen

Holy crap! Only seven days to go! That was Gordon Ramsay’s inimitable tweet just a week before his high profile new Bread Street Kitchen was due to open last September. So the pressure was well and truly on. But did he need to worry? Located at One New Change at Cheapside, just r...
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