About

Chawner and Trench Ltd was formed out of the partnership of Robert Trench and Simon Chawner in 2019 to provide turn-key fit-outs to the office and commercial sector 

We operate out of 100 sq mtr showroom space conveniently located on the Kylemore Road Dublin 10  

Simon Chawner

AssocSCSI

H.Cert Facilities & Property Management

PMBOK Project Manager

Dip. Interior Design 

Experience

Simon is a Director and the secretary of Chawner and Trench Ltd.

He is an experienced project manager delivering projects in the commercial, hospitality and private sectors for the company. He has a keen eye for detail having worked on the ground for many years and is able to communicate this with the various trades on site.

He is excellent at providing value engineering skills to both materials and trades for clients through the large portfolio of suppliers and trades that the company are involved with, both domestic and foreign.

A graduate from Technological University Dublin, Simon has been in the construction industry for over 20 years having worked for several companies with different portfolios and skillsets. He also set up and ran his own construction business for several years.

He is a member of the SCSI and keeps up to date with the latest building regulations and trends due to ongoing Continuous professional development.

 
Recent work

 

Simon has project managed:

  • A multitude of office fit-outs including those for two top legal firms, a major aircraft leasing company and a leading Irish business technology company.

All these projects were complete design and build ‘turnkey’ office fit-outs where our design team put all the drawings and specifications together. When these are approved by the client we then put into practice with initial costings and project schedules then the full implementation of time management and cost control once on site.

  • The complete refurbishment of the Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast

     

The first phase: floors 1-7 including the corridors, the front lobby and reception areas.

The second phase, which is more recently completed, included the 8th & 9th floors as well as a new ‘presidential suite’. 

  • The refurbishment of the Bailey Café and Bar

     

This was a refurbishment of the interior and exterior of the Bar including all new furniture’s. All works had to take place in the early hours of the morning.

  • The complete refurbishment of Glovers Alley Restaurant

     

This was a complete refurbishment of an existing restaurant area working to very high standards with a top London based interior design company.

  • The supply of bespoke items to the Hard Rock Café Hotel on Parliament Street

     

We worked with one of the largest Irish construction companies and top-end architectural practices on this new hotel in Dublin. We provided some unique bespoke Crittal style shower and WC doors for this project.

Previous jobs include the refurbishments of 66 Fitzwilliam square, which is used for offices and private residences on Raglan and Ailesbury roads. 

Robert Trench

Managing Director 

Chartered Construction Manager ( MCIOB ) 

Interior Designer & furniture designer 

PSDP

Experience

Robert is an experienced office interior designer with extensive furniture and interior knowledge 

After starting off in retail furniture, he has been in the furniture and office design sector since 1996 and has held previous MD and management positions with leading Irish and international office furniture companies such as Minima and Bene International. He established his own office furniture company Design flow in 2003 till 2008 

Robert is also an accomplished furniture designer, under the name Studio Trench, whose work has been featured in the Irish Times as well as many interior magazines.

Robert has extensive experience in designing and managing turnkey office fit-outs for businesses as well as in-depth knowledge of the office furniture sector. His office design of FPG Amentum was a finalist in the Fit Out Awards for best office under 500K

He has designed and specified the fit-outs of offices for Sony Music, FPG amentum, Aergo Capital, Leman Solicitors. Kane Tuohy Solicitors, Gilead Pharma, Client Solutions. 

Robert is a member of the Chartered Institute of Build (CIOB) which is the world’s largest and most influential professional

body for construction management and leadership in construction 

About Robert

Robert is an optimist; nothing is really a problem and always sees a solution 

He’s half Danish and gets his design sense from his artistic Danish side of the family 

When not in work, Robert can be found tinkering under the bonnet of his classic Citroen or driving

around enjoying it. When feeling more active, he can be found mountain biking in the Dublin or Wicklow hills. 

As a keen mountain biker, Robert has raced competitively in cross county category with podium wins under his belt 

He’s recently discovered the joys of swimming in Killiney beach after work too!