Total Fitout triumphs at Fit Out Awards 

20 Mar , 2024  

There was double delight for Total Fitout at the 2023 Fit Out Awards where it scooped the coveted Project of the Year – Residential (Large) award and also shared the Client of the Year accolade with valued client I-RES. 

It was a night to remember for the leading turnkey PRS fit out provider which was shortlisted in no fewer than seven categories. Joanne Reilly, Mandeep Samra and Andrew Mackie were nominated for Designer of the Year, Designer of the Year – Rising Star and Project Manager of the Year respectively, while the company was also in the running for Fit Out Contractor of the Year and Excellence in Sustainability in addition to Client of the Year for I-RES and Project of the Year – Residential (Large) for Aderrig Showrooms in Adamstown, Spencer Place Apartments and The School Yard. 

As it turned out, Total Fitout won Project of the Year – Residential (Large) for its outstanding work on The School Yard project for I-RES and also shared the Client of the Year award with the same client, who it had nominated and whose commitment to sustainability aligns perfectly with that of Total Fitout. 

Located in Portland St North, North Circular Road, Dublin 1, The School Yard offers residents superbly-built homes, designed for comfortable modern urban living just 20 minutes’ walk from Dublin City Centre. Sustainability is at the heart of The School Yard. The development is Ireland’s first LEED Gold-designed residential development that aims to improve the indoor environment and provide a healthier living space. Residents benefit from a number of state-of-the-art features, including enhanced ventilation systems, efficient water usage and reduced energy consumption. 

Presented at the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin on Wednesday, November 22 last, the Fit Out Awards celebrate excellence in the execution of world-class fit outs as well as the people and clients who drive these projects. The awards offer a great opportunity for companies from all over Ireland to come together, collaborate and showcase their work. 

“We were elated to bring home two awards,” Total Fitout Managing Director Shea Woods enthuses. 

“We were delighted to share with I-RES in winning Client of the Year. The success of The School Yard is a testament to our collaborative efforts and shared dedication to excellence. 

“To be shortlisted in seven categories is obviously something we’re very proud of. It’s a major achievement, especially the individual ones. As with all of our team, Joanne, Mandeep and Andrew are a pleasure to work with.

“Joanne has been working in the interior design industry for 23 years. Her experience in interior architecture and furniture design is second to none. Mandeep is a fantastic people person who has brought a fresh approach to our design process. She impeccably blends client aspirations with creative solutions, infusing every project with personality and sustainability. 

“Andrew has been with us since 2016. As our Operations Manager, he oversees all of our projects and warehouse. He takes our design team and clients’ vision and makes it a reality, on time and within budget.” 

These are exciting times for the award-winning firm which has offices in Cavan, Dublin and London, and is passionate about design, creativity and sustainability. Established in 2011 to offer landlords, investors and property agents a professional furniture fit out service, Total Fitout brings added value to your living place – inspiring, facilitating and fostering creativity through excellent design, knowledge, expertise, experience and delivery. The company supplies products that offer a combination of style and durability at a variety of price points depending on its clients’ markets. 

Total Fitout has the ability to provide a nationwide service with a quick delivery time. With an inhouse interior design service, the company also has the ability to take its clients’ projects from concept to completion. 

Total Fitout has experienced exponential growth in the last two years, during which it has opened a new central warehouse in Lavey just outside Cavan town as well as a new office and showroom in Rosemount Business Park, Dublin 11. The showroom serves as a dynamic space where the fitout specialist can engage with clients and showcase its expertise in residential fitout projects. 

“The last 24 months have been very busy,” Shea reveals. 

“We have increased our fleet of trucks and vans, and opened new facilities in Cavan in January 2023 and Blanchardstown in March 2023. Our staff numbers have also risen. It goes without saying that our people are our greatest asset. We have a fantastic team that works very well together and which has made us the Tier 1 fit out contractor we are today.” 

Total Fitout builds relationships and outstanding interiors. It does this simply by doing what it says it will do. Every one of the team takes individual responsibility for completing their actions with attention to detail in a timely manner. 

Each team member has a finely-tuned sense of the aesthetic and pride themselves in creating interiors that are compelling. Not only do they design gorgeous places for living, they deliver a clean, quality finish that will stand the test of time. 

The timber in Total Fitout’s furniture comes from sustainably-managed forests where the environment, wildlife and local communities are protected in the production of the wood. The fit out specialist carefully chooses foams that degrade and do not contain harmful chemicals or generate off-gassing. Its fabrics comprise the highest possible percentage of recycled cotton, linen and wool. Total Fitout’s furniture lasts for decades, saving you money and reducing waste to landfill. 

When Total Fitout looks after its people, they look after its customers. Each team member is empowered with a strong sense of purpose in the organisation, taking personal pride in their relationship with you and in your fit out. 

Supporting Irish manufacturers / artisans and protecting the environment is at the forefront of everything Total Fitout does. In recent years, the company has been incorporating more and more stunning Irish furniture into its fit outs as a way of supporting local communities and the environment. Designed and made in Ireland, these pieces showcase the talents and skills of the locals. 

“We are dedicated to partnering with local artisans and manufacturers, and enhancing our interiors with Irish flair,” Shea explains. 

“Over 60% of the furniture we use is Irish-made. We work in partnership with Irish manufacturers to design bespoke furniture for them. We create fitouts with ESG policy in mind. We also use Irish artists on a regular basis and strive to get their art commissioned as a nod to the local community. 

“By increasing our support for local manufacturers, using many recycled products and using timber that only comes from FSC sustainably-managed forests, we pride ourselves on being the most eco-friendly fit-out company in Ireland. Everything is geared towards achieving net-zero carbon emissions.” 

Throughout his 25-year career in the furniture and fit out industry, Shea has nurtured enduring client relationships with global asset management funds who place their trust in him to manage multi-million euro fit out projects on their behalf. These projects range from private rental sector (PRS) and build to rent (BTR), to domestic state body contracts. 

Total Fitout boasts a stellar client-list which includes I-RES, Henderson Park, Patrizia, Hines, Ronan Group, Havitat, Savills, Kennedy Wilson, Hooke & McDonald and Holiday Inn Express Hotels to name but a few. The Cavan-headquartered company would like to take this opportunity to thank all of its clients and suppliers for their continued support as well as their highly-creative team for their hard work, dedication and expertise. 

Total Fitout 

Station House, 



H12 DA52. 

Telephone: +353 (0)49 438 0204 

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.totalfitout.com

This article was published in Building Ireland Magazine, March 2024, Vol 10 No 3