Here we share two stories from the heroes of Timms HQ, Adelaide’s best in building and construction explain what it took to launch something uniquely innovative in Adelaide small business.
The recent launch of Timms Real Estate headquarters is a product of our vision, and the ingenuity and hard work of businesses right across Adelaide’s south whose community we proudly represent and support.
It seems fitting to acknowledge and thank the work of these Adelaide architecture and construction firms and all the 50 Adelaide tradies and apprentices who contributed during the 6-month project build.
Here, we share a little from just two of these innovative companies.
Wendell Cruz of Cruz Construction, Builder and Project Manager: ‘When I saw their face, it made it all worth it.’
“This kind of industrial warehouse has never been done before in the real estate game,” said Wendell Cruz, Director of Cruz Construction. “When you’re leading the way and doing something new, it’s not always smooth sailing.
“We were working with an existing structure that wasn’t built for an office like this. It was an electrical warehouse which we demolished inside and created this dream that Valerie Timms Director of Timms Real Estate had.
“Organising the trades was fortunately a breeze. I often work with these trades people right across the south of Adelaide who I know always do a good job. We’re a tight knit group who pitch in for each other.
“The proudest moment was when it all came together and seeing Valerie and Ashley’s (Operations Manager) face. They would visit often and there was always something new, like the big windows, or the polished floors. They were just so thrilled at each new stage of work.
“The key to a good builder and project manager is making it fun for the client because it’s a big investment and they need to enjoy the process too,” said Wendell.
Chris Dimond, Architect: “It was about the ‘wow’ factor’
“Val knew that she wanted the ‘wow factor’. It was important not to hide that it was a warehouse but enhance the space.
“Timms Real Estate are ‘Liveability Real Estate Specialists’. This new space needed to align with those values so we sought to maximise environmental performance at every turn.
“The rear of the property faces north, so we inserted a large, glazed wall in the opening of the commercial height roller door that provides generous daylight and important winter sunlight into the open plan workstation area and over the staff kitchen space.
“Being a warehouse, it was never designed to accommodate 40 people in a commercial office. But now it’s a comfortable and functionally superior office with so many opportunities for idea sharing, formal meetings, confidential conversations, public presentations and through the café, there are facilities for the wider community.
“Wendell Cruz of Cruz Construction was fantastic. The project timeline was tight and Wendell worked very hard to achieve this result. It was important to Valerie and Wendell that all trades and selections providers were local to the Adelaide region.
“As for uniqueness, I think it is an outstanding result in a space that was never intended to look like this.
“It was about lateral thinking and doing things a bit differently and using existing materials wherever possible. It is an incredible transformation,” said Chris.
All the Adelaide businesses involved in the Timms HQ.
• Cruz Construction: Builder & Project Manager
• Dimond Architecture: Architecture and Design
• Next Level Projects: Plastering and wall fitout
• Reedesign Kitchens: Kitchen and cafe
• Outpulse Electrical: Electrical fitout
• Arrunga Surface Solutions: Concrete Polishing
• Fleurieu Plumbing: Plumbing works
• J Tassone Tiling: Bathroom, cafe and kitchen tiling
• Kirk’s Painting: Internal painting
• Packers: Aluminium windows, glass doors and roller doors
• Savingrace: Interior Design
• Subnet: Computer and digital security solutions
We’d welcome you to come and say hello
Taking centre-stage in the home-renovation precinct of Lonsdale, where lovers of real estate and building-trade specialists congregate. Commuters across the southern expressway won’t miss the Timms trademark lime green shining brightly.
Come on down TODAY to Timms HQ and peek into the future of Adelaide real estate. We’d love to show you around.