Media Release: Leading interiors specialist appoints healthcare consultant, as it announces impressive growth


ONE of Scotland’s leading commercial interiors specialists, afh Strategic Contracts Ltd, has announced the appointment of Paul Mitchell as healthcare consultant as it reports impressive growth.

afh Strategic Contracts, which specialises in interior design and fit-out services, is a market leader across hotel and leisure as well as corporate and public sectors, and this year is celebrating its tenth year in business.

In recent years, the company has been responsible for revamping the interiors of Macdonald Hotels across Scotland as well as the fit-out of 200 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, and multiple sites across the UK for Webhelp, a major call centre operator.

Mr Mitchell’s appointment represents a desire by afh Strategic Contracts to build on its growth into the highly-specialised healthcare interior design market.

Recent healthcare projects undertaken by afh Strategic Contracts include the full fit-out of two new clinics for The Fertility Partnership in Maidenhead and Chelmsford as a combined project costing in excess of £1.8m. The clinic builds included IVF/andrology labs, operating theatres and cryobank storage facilities.

Bringing a wealth of experience in the private UK healthcare sector, Paul studied Biology at the University of Strathclyde and completed his clinical embryology training at one of London’s most prestigious Harley Street fertility (IVF) clinics.

Paul, together with two colleagues, went on to design, build and launch the Glasgow Centre for Reproductive Medicine, becoming managing director in 2010.

Glasgow-based afh Strategic Contracts was founded in 2007 by Alex Hutton, Thomas Carey and a team of experienced commercial interior sector specialists with over 50 years’ collective experience

In the year to 31st January 2017, the company’s turnover was £5.5m with pre-tax profits 15 per cent ahead of the previous financial year and forecasts for a further 15 per cent growth over the next financial year.

Alex Hutton, managing director of afh Strategic Contracts, said: “We have created a very successful track record in the hotel and leisure, corporate interiors and call centre sectors and are now building our presence in the specialist healthcare and IVF sector.

“Healthcare in the UK has been one of the sectors that has attracted significant investment in recent times.

“Facilities offering IVF treatment services continue to be a strong growth area with an estimated £10-15m to be invested over the next three years. We have been involved with several IVF clinic builds in recent times and to ensure we are best placed to attract further business, we are very pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Mitchell as our new healthcare consultant.”

Paul Mitchell, said: “Having built up my career in the healthcare sector it is extremely exciting to be working as a consultant with afh Strategic Contracts at a time when they are forging great advancements and building their reputation in the healthcare sector.

“Expert knowledge of this sector is vital – it’s a very different market from the corporate world. IVF clinics have clearly defined and stringent performance criteria and in order to meet high quality assurance standards, it is imperative the initial design, construction and ultimate fit out of each clinic is appropriate.”

Clients on the company’s portfolio have included Mactaggart & Mickel, Holiday Inn, Sky Park, City Building, sportscotland, Thames Valley Fertility, the Glasgow Centre for Reproductive Medicine (GCRM), GCRM Belfast, the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre, as well as Macdonald Hotels, Webhelp UK and 200 St Vincent Street, Glasgow.


Picture caption: Paul Mitchell, newly-appointed healthcare consultant, afh Strategic Contracts.

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Notes for editors:

afh Strategic Contracts offers a full project management and interior design service for a wide range of clients throughout the UK across a variety of sectors including hotel and leisure, commercial office, retail and education.

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