Howes & Rigby Joint Venture is launched
The international award-winning interior design practice, Taylor Howes, has joined forces with leading property developers, Rigby & Rigby, to launch a new end-to-end property service, Howes & Rigby, catering for the burgeoning HNWI (high net worth individual) market in London. Clients will be able to entrust Howes & Rigby with every detail of their property journey from acquisition and planning to design and build. Each stage will be dealt with by an in-house team, from locating a suitable property down to the plumbing and joinery, making it a unique enterprise in the London luxury market.
Karen Howes, founder and director of Taylor Howes, says that the new venture will play to both their strengths, "The advantage of dealing with one team from beginning to end makes this a very stress-free experience for clients. It was important for us to collaborate with someone who does not compromise and who has the same get-it- right attitude that we do. In Rigby & Rigby we found the perfect ‘marriage’ partners". Steve Rigby, director of Rigby & Rigby, is no less confident that the partnership will be more than a sum of its parts, "Taylor Howes and ourselves are both coming to this market from existing points of excellence. As Howes & Rigby we will be able to offer a seamless transition for clients between finding the right property to handing the keys over".
Both companies will continue to operate independently. Taylor Howes has been designing couture homes for over two decades and employs a design team of about twenty, overseeing every element of a project from first concept to the tiniest design details. Rigby & Rigby was launched six years ago and has a staff of about the same number, including planning specialists, architects, quantity surveyors and project managers, plus its own in-house building team of about 30 – 40 professionals. No other competitor at this level runs its own builds, something that Howes applauds, "It is a dream to work with a partner who does not sub-contract because there are none of the headaches associated with snagging or missed deadlines and the quality is unrivalled".
Howes & Rigby recently completed its third project, a period conversion in Knightsbridge that is currently on the market for £50 million. The 11,500 sq ft house was completely re-configuring into seven double bedroom suites with subterranean swimming-pool, home spa, gym, cinema and bar, as well as light-flooded principal rooms and a spectacular glass lift. The purchase of the adjoining mews house aloud for this dramatic reconfiguration and also provided the property with three off-street car-parking spaces, It is this lateral-thinking approach that makes the difference in the competitive high-end property market, as Rigby explains, Steve Rigby is confident that together Howes & Rigby will be a dynamic force in the London property market, "The end-to-end service that we are able to offer is almost unparalleled. The vision, look and reputation of Taylor Howes and Rigby & Rigby dovetails exactly, which is why we are so excited to launch this collaboration of Howes & Rigby together