Team1 Construction Ltd are a London based building services and property maintenance company covering Greater London and the Home Counties. Its building services covers all aspects of property extensions, house renovation, house refurbishment and developments. The company covers even the most complex aspects of building construction from design to development including new builds. The founder, Assaf Touboul recently spoke with Herts Review about building a construction brand and the company’s future aspirations.
Assaf has been in the construction industry for over 13 years. His journey to construction entrepreneur had started from undertaking projects for friends and family in his spare time while working in various construction roles in his full-time job. He was involved in all aspects of construction from house extensions to loft conversations to building driveways. “I was already involved in various aspects of construction. It was like once I finished a project there would be a demand for something else. This made me realise that at some point I would want to start and own my own business”
Assaf’s role as project manager for a construction company meant he was responsible for project delivery, but he also found himself involved in bringing new business and thought it was time to strike out on his own. On October 2018, Team1 Construction Ltd started trading and has not looked back. “I teamed up with my friend Oded Loulay (founder of 1GS Security) to develop the business. Oded has strong skills and experience in marketing and running the background operations. I love being out there, managing my team to deliver projects and meeting new people. So, it was the right fit. Our skills are complimentary.”
According to Assaf, starting off was a bit challenging as you need to establish the brand and gain the confidence of customers. Through a combination of hard work, delivering exceptional services which has led to strong recommendations and referrals, the business is on the growth path. “We have various on-going projects now so business is strong despite the challenges we had this year due to covid-19 lockdown which meant we could not operate for 8 weeks. We are doing better now compared to last year. I believe our integrity, experience and personalised service has helped us a lot with customers. Our customers only deal with one person from start to finish of the project.”
In addition to running Team1 Construction, Assaf is also the Operations Director for 1GS Security Ltd and handles all the installation and technical aspects of the business. The security products division of 1GS Security installs driveway gates, railings, and steel fabrication for security installations. He combines both roles well and takes advantage of the synergies it brings. There are chances a customer undertaking a building project may need security products like driveway gates and railings and vice versa. This has really helped both businesses.
With Team1’s experience, quality finish and strong reputation within the building industry, it now gets a lot of new clients through recommendations, referrals from developers it has worked with and social media advertising. The company is bullish about the future and looking to add 2 more teams to grow the business by 50%. “Our organic growth is key. We do not want to grow too quickly and lose our values and standards. It is important we strengthen our brand by constantly delivering excellent projects. The important thing is to have sufficient work to sustain the team so that everyone is busy”.
Team1 Construction’s main focus is on residential property although they have undertaken a few commercial projects. “Our strategy is to take away the stress that comes with a building project. With my experience in project management, a customer can hand over their entire building project to me and I will manage all aspects of the project and get it done. I get the team and subcontractors working together to deliver a high-quality finish that will meet the customer’s needs. We are finishing off some existing projects and looking forward to more projects”.
One area of growth due to the covid-19 lockdown is garden offices. It is obvious that working from home is the new normal and so the team are experiencing increased demand for garden offices. Assaf is excited and looking forward to completing more projects. See a sample garden office delivered by the team below.
If you are based in Greater London or Hertfordshire and looking for a reputable builder that would deliver with a great finish, then talk to Team1 Construction team. Here is a link to their website.