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Your Specialist for
  • fIT ouT
  • Joinery
  • Design
DBSJ creates bespoke, designed spaces and joinery manufacture to help clients transform their domestic and work environments.

Welcome TO DBSJ

Founded in 2011, DBSJ helps clients transform their domestic and work environments through fit-out, design and specialist joinery manufacture. Specialising in workspace and retail fit-outs and residential and commercial joinery, our team has worked for private clients as well as well-known brands.

We operate from a modern, purpose-built office and well-equipped joinery workshop in the heart of Canterbury. With many of our clients based in London, we can be in the city within an hour and have delivered projects all over the UK.

Find out more about our services:
Specialist Fit Out
Specialist Joinery
Specialist Design
Nationwide Capability
At DBSJ, we have a proven track record of delivering a wide range of projects across the UK and pride ourselves on providing end-to-end, value-engineered service solutions for our clients. Our team is flexible and agile and operates out of offices in Kent, with our 10,000sq/ft purpose-built manufacturing and finishing facility and a permanent office on the outskirts of Manchester, with close links to the M6 and M62 motorways. Each office is supported by a local supply chain, local accomplished project managers and designers, together with skilled site management and craftsman.

A true one-stop shop, our South East facility encompasses in-house joinery manufacturing and finishing capabilities. We adopt an integrated approach to design, value engineering, procurement and production. We continually look to improve ways of working in order to reduce cost and improve service and quality for our clients.

We have a wide range of in-house trades and our hands-on management approach to every project we work on so that we can closely monitor workmanship, assess resource and proactively contribute to the decision-making process. The map to the left outlines the locations of projects that the team have worked on in the past three years.
Featured Projects
International Workplace Group
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Timothy Oulton
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DBSJ - Timothy Oulton - Bespoke Design and fit out
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Instant Group
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DBSJ - Instant offices - bespoke fit out and design
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The Folkestone Eye Centre
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Meet The Team
Joe Pearson
Account Director
Darren Bate
Head Of Joinery
Jazz Malcom
Construction Manager
Pete Thompson
Technical
Designer
Darren Hill
CEO
Rebecca Pearson
Brand Manager
Laurence Hill
Operations Director
David Plumpton
Technical Designer
Tara Bate
Accounts Manager
Darren Hill
CEO
Darren bought DBSJ in 2022, having previously held positions of CEO at Thompsons and Managing Director at ISG. In the latter role, he led the integration of Cathedral Contracts into ISG to form Europe’s largest retail and hospitality focused business. He was also responsible for workplace fit-outs throughout London and worked across western Europe.

Darren has earned several industry accolades, including supplier excellence awards from RBS and the Most Innovative Businessman award from M&A International.
Darren Bate
Joinery Manager
The original founder of our joinery manufacturing business, Darren, is detailed in all aspects of the manufacturing process, from initial enquiry to delivery and installation of your completed joinery element.

He is skilled in the detail of joinery construction, heritage and planning. With a terrific eye for detail, he oversees the final quality control of all manufactured items.
Laurence Hill
Operations manager
As a dedicated and focused operations manager with more than 15 years of industry experience, Laurence is responsible for managing our fit-out projects, including preconstruction, client relationships, operations, design and tenders. Throughout his career, Laurence has delivered retail and office fit-outs ranging in size from 2,000ft2 to 75,000ft2 for companies such as IWG, Trainline and Barclays. The quality of his work earned him the IWG Project Manager of the Year award in 2019.
Joe Pearson
Commercial Account Manager
Joe is commercially responsible for projects. Using his 14 years of industry experience gained working as a commercial manager and quantity surveyor, he prices new opportunities, manages live projects, negotiates and agrees contract terms and reviews procurement strategies.

Key to DBSJ’s expansion plans, Joe is skilled at building long-term relationships with existing and potential clients. By developing the company’s supply chain, he is also equipping DBSJ to efficiently deliver sites in all areas of the UK. Joe has worked on projects ranging from £500,000 to £3m.
Chris Miller
Senior project manager
Chris is a results-driven and goal-oriented project manager with an extensive track record of ensuring project and contract delivery within defined deadlines and allocated budgets.

He has a proven success developing and implementing contract plans to monitor progress and reduce potential risks through effective formulation of efficient procedures. Chris is an expert at providing direction, motivation, and leadership to project teams to ensure fulfilment of all project requirements.
Tara Bate
Account Manager
Tara runs our office, documentation, management and accounting functions. She has been with the business since its formation and has an intimate knowledge of our history whilst also focusing on our future growth plans.

Tara ensures our supply chain is treated with the utmost respect, which is evidenced by our excellent credit rating.
Pete Thompson
Technical Designer
Along with David, Pete is the focal point for our design services team, with extensive experience in the fit-out sector. From project conception to final handover, he works closely with customers, architects and designers to generate fully coordinated layout and elevation plans across all trades.

With more than 40 years of experience in design, carpentry and joinery, Pete is also vastly experienced in fire door technical compliance, having spent over a decade with a specialist fire business.
David Plumpton
Technical Designer
Working alongside Pete, David is at the heart of our design services team. With advanced knowledge of AutoCAD software and the ability to manage costs, contractors and building regulations, he creates detailed drawings of building shells, shopfronts, stairs, stud walls and more, all the while focusing on cost-effective solutions.

Throughout his 22-year career as a draughtsman, David has used his skills in construction, joinery, civil engineering design and fabrication to manage projects for clients in the retail, leisure and workspace sectors.
Rebecca Pearson
Brand manager
With over a decade of experience within the construction industry, Rebecca is an award winning marketing and proposals professional within the built environment.

Rebecca is responsible for marketing, bid management and document production. Through her experience in the industry and APMP Foundation certification, Rebecca will ensure our response to each opportunity is bespoke and tailored to our clients’ needs.
Jazz Malcom
Site manager
With over 12 years of experience in construction and a background as a bench joiner, Jazz is one of our most versatile site managers. Working closely with our project managers, he ensures the smooth delivery of our fit-out projects and joinery installation. He has managed construction sites for clients such as Selfridges, John Lewis, Nationwide, HSBC and The Department of Work and Pensions.

Jazz has responsibility for all the subcontractors on site and the safety of the space they are working in. He coordinates the site activity, safely stores site materials, produces site documentation, and reports progress against the programme. He holds an up-to-date CSCS card and is trained in SMSTS, Fire Marshall, First Aid at Work, Asbestos Awareness, and PASMA.
Darren Hill
CEO
Darren Bate
Joinery Manager
Laurence Hill
Operations Manager
Joe Pearson
Commercial Account Manager
Chris Miller
Senior Project Manager
Tara Bate
Accounts Manager
Pete Thompson
Technical Designer
David Plumpton
Technical Designer
Rebecca Pearson
Brand Manager
Jazz Malcom
Site Manager
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