I have worked with Compass for a number of years and believe they share my approach to collaboration and attention to detail, and that the quality of the work they have delivered for me demonstrates the success of this approach.
Stephen Hodder MBE
Hodder & Partners
Current President of RIBA
The Compass principle of working as part of the design team has been the cornerstone of our 32-year professional relationship. Compass bring enthusiasm, bright ideas and a will to deliver the highest of standards. With Compass on board we are able to confidently deliver projects matching our own reputation.
Roger Stephenson OBE
Compass approach to contracting is more akin to the traditional notion of a craftsman who works with an architect to develop and enhance a concept into a living, breathing physical structure which functions in the real world… without having to compromise on the poetry of the idea.
For me Compass take away the worry I normally have with the people who make my buildings as they won’t just construct ‘their’ interpretation, but endeavours to actually understand what it is ‘I’ am trying to achieve. This is very rare indeed! It focuses the energy of a project away from the usual adversarial relationship into a true collaboration, which can be physically felt within the fabric of the finished product.
On top of the above – the finishes to compass_IS workmanship are just too exquisite. Ultimately, if there is any doubt, look at a project they have just completed on for me in Manchester – it just speaks for itself.
Maurice Shapero Architects
Compass have been incredible to work with. They took on the contract to refurbish the Castlefield Gallery and have produced an amazing transformation of the interior gallery space, especially to the upper gallery area. The Compass team had an attention to detail that is balanced with their knack for finding appropriate and elegant solutions to our needs.
They use their significant industry knowledge and networks to make sure our job was done to an excellent standard, on time and on budget. All of us at Castlefield Gallery, from board directors and trustees to volunteers, from exhibiting artists to visitors, have commented on the great improvements made to the venue. In summary we are all very happy with the work that Compass have undertook and would not hesitate to recommend them!
Castlefield Gallery | Agency
“Irrespective of the size of the project, if we were looking for high quality workmanship and a totally professional attitude we would always look to Compass. This would not just be when we were at tender stage but early on in projects, to get their expertise and input, which is always invaluable.
From concept through to completion I was always confident that the end product would be as good as could be achieved and that our zeal for the top class design and construction was shared by everyone at Compass.
Retired Managing Director
I have worked with Compass for many years on a series of projects that have each benefitted from his expertise and their commitment.
His extensive knowledge of products, materials and sub-contractors, along with his attention to detail and the sense of pride he takes in his work, have been instrumental to the high quality of workmanship that his companies have achieved.
We have worked with Compass over the last 22 years. They bring a true partnering approach to our work with them. We can rely both on their creative approach to delivering high quality design and their attention to cost efficiency.
Always cooperative and adaptable, Compass have a well-earned ‘user friendly’ reputation. The inevitable challenges of the construction process are dealt with using their considerable experience, which allows projects to progress smoothly, and concluded efficiently.
The Compass standards are high and that’s reflected in the quality of their work and the presentation of their staff.
Current President of the MSA
(Manchester Society of Architects)
I have worked with Darren at Compass for over 20 years. During that time his practical skills – and those of his team – have been taken as a given, rather than a bonus. However, I truly think that Darren and Compass differentiate in their knowledge and sensitivity to projects, always working with and injecting more to the ideas and designs of architects or interior designers.
His passion for and interest in the best of design are to be seen in work completed over the two decades that I have known him. He told me recently that as a young man he shopped alone and intently for his own clothes, putting together what he saw as worthwhile, good and original. The die was obviously cast early on, because that is exactly how I would describe Darren’s attitude to his professional work but I can’t say that about his football team Man City being a Red.
Every project provides a challenge, not just in delivery, on time and on budget, but a challenge of putting more into any scheme than originally anticipated.
As anybody in retail would know, there are very definite achievements required from a shopfitting company, such as quality of work, understanding the Clients request, delivering the finished project correctly and on time etc etc
Having worked with Compass for close on 30 years, they exemplify all these points and more, they represent the modern age of shopfitting in touch with today’s Client.
JD Sport Fashion Plc
Being a photographic gallery, our design needs and requirements were obviously quite different from those normally expected from an interior fit-out company’s normal briefs. Openeye Gallery was lucky to have chosen Compass to turn our dreams into reality.
They were understanding and sympathetic to such an unusual challenge. Also, given an extremely short time in which to complete the project they even finished ahead of schedule.
Many thanks for your good wishes and for your continuous support to RIBA. You already support us so much!
I look forward to seeing you again very soon.
With kind regards
Royal Institute of British Architects
For over 25 years Compass have lead the industry with interior design and interior fit-out ideas. They react promptly to design change and customers individual requirements. Nothing is too much trouble. I have no hesitation in recommending Compass.
In working with Compass we found people who had as keen an eye on the detail when realising the design as we did when we produced it.
We wanted a building that was fundamentality different, that was bespoke and showed attention to detail.
Compass had the capabilities and understanding to translate our wishes into a building which we are very proud to work in and is also in some way a statement of our own company’s ethos.
In all my 30 years of signing off building , this is by far the best-finished project I’ve ever had to sign off. It’s my pleasure!
Working alongside Compass allows us to push the boundaries of our design and construction detailing skills. Their innovative approach brings outstanding results. Quality is never compromised.
Compass have just completed the work on our project, and we are delighted with the quality of the finish and the meticulous attention to detail.
Compass sourced the best products available, and spent considerable time on research both into suppliers and sub-contractors. They weren’t put off if told that a particular specification from the architect could not be met; they simply redoubled their efforts to find a company who were willing and able to meet the requirements.
They gave us valuable advice on questions of design, and nothing was too much trouble for them in the search for perfection, including an expectation of high standards from their sub-contractors.
They kept us up-to-date with developments as the work progressed. We always felt involved in the process and feel that Compass provided a very personal, design-based and client-orientated service.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Compass to anyone who wants their vision to be realized faithfully and to a high specification and standard.