Renowned family-run East Yorkshire firm commissions major revamp of headquarters after more than 35 years in the region

March 13, 2015
Michael Moore & Mr Andrew Marr

One of East Yorkshire’s most esteemed family-run businesses is reinforcing its commitment to the region more than 35 years on by working with a Hull-based commercial interiors and office fit-out firm as part of a major refurbishment of its headquarters.

Andrew Marr International Limited, together with its subsidiary company, J Marr (Seafoods) Limited, is working with renowned city firm Ark Interiors; the focus being to revamp its headquarters, incorporating a complete restructure of J Marr (Seafoods) Limited, representing a major capital investment.

The company – a fish procurement and trading firm which operates as far a field as Africa, Eastern Europe and the Far East, as well as South America – commissioned Ark Interiors to complete the work at its base in Livingstone Road, Hessle, and aspired to create vibrant and contemporary workspaces, boardrooms and facilities that reflect the company’s heritage whilst look firmly towards the future.

J Marr (Seafoods) Ltd began trading in 1979, specialising in the procurement and trading of frozen pelagic, demersal and farmed fish species harvested across the world. Now, the firm employs 45 people in the city and is continuing to grow.

Ark Interiors, part of Strata Holdings Group, is completing extensive refit works in programmed phases with the aim of ensuring minimal impact to the company’s day to day operations. Working closely with J Marr (Seafoods) Ltd Management and staff, Ark has developed designs and an implementation plan to ensure the refurbishment meets with the fullest needs of the business.

The refurbishment works are a planned, multi-phase project including the refurbishment of numerous environments. Establishment of temporary offices, storage, relocation of staff and then time critical refurbishment of J Marr (Seafoods) Ltd’s working spaces prior to moving everything and everybody back upon completion are all part of Arks wider brief. Ark Interiors project works are comprehensive across all trades even going as far as to ensure temporary digital and electrical needs are met.

Ark Interiors Director Shaun Hodgins said: “It has been a real honour to begin to refit the J Marr (Seafoods) Ltd offices and we believe we have already created aesthetically-pleasing office spaces which reflect the company’s heritage and background by using the company’s colours, logo and bespoke artwork to design and deliver something quite unique.

“We always tailor our approach to meet client’s specific needs, which is why we have worked so hard, prior to the commencement of each phase, to help accommodate the need for temporary relocation. Across the initial three phases everything has gone smoothly. Ensuring minimal impact to a business is always a two-way street and the Management and staff at J Marr have been both accommodating and hugely flexible.

Ark Interiors prides itself on high quality customer service, as well as completing projects to the highest possible standards, so we are delighted that the team at J Marr (Seafoods) Ltd is so pleased with the completed works so far and look forward to each of the next phases to come.”

Michael Moore, Director of J Marr (Seafoods) Ltd, said: “It was the vision and support of the Marr family and the AMI shareholders that allowed us to investigate how we could make better use of the internal space at Livingstone Road and to make the project a reality. The process started early on in 2014 and quickly gathered momentum. The results have been a complete transformation and we now have a working environment that is modern, spacious and designed for an energetic and dynamic team. It is designed to cope with growth in staff numbers and take us well into 2020 and beyond.

“The professionalism and ‘can do’ attitude from the team at Ark Interiors has made it a pleasure to work with them. Their ability to keep to schedule and the willingness to make changes as we have gone along has been much appreciated and we look forward to continuing this working relationship during the next phases of the refurbishment to the completion of works.”