This month we introduce you to Paul Jones and his Melbourne based construction business, Format Group. Combining extensive experience in residential and commercial construction, with a respect for great architecture and enduring design, Paul and his business partner, Rob Finney, are known for delivering period homes with contemporary detail.
When asked what got him into the construction industry, Paul describes his appreciation for outstanding architecture. Fresh out of school, Paul completed his carpentry apprenticeship where he learned key structural skills and small business management. However, it was travel to the UK and Europe that really inspired and developed his passion.
Returning to Melbourne, Paul spent 6 years working for large-scale, commercial builder, Hickory. Juggling the demands of a 60-70 hour work week and a busy home life, Paul wanted to put his knowledge of small business into practice and steer his career in the direction of family-friendly hours. And Format Group was born.
Receiving a nomination for the 2018 House Awards with the Elwood project was a powerful breakthrough for Format Group, entering them among Melbourne’s most regarded in the industry. This was an extremely rewarding and satisfying project for Paul where he managed, and delivered every phase of the build, from the 3D modelling for the feature steel work, to testing and development of the off-form concrete finishes.
A unique synergy exists between Paul and Rob. Paul’s technical skill, efficiency and preference for hands-on immersion complements Rob’s systematic approach to project management. Together, Paul and Rob are committed to creating a better future for the planet by working towards becoming a “Passive Builder”, a voluntary standard for energy efficiency and sustainable building practices.
Format Group is currently undergoing an exciting transition of business development. Successfully aligning themselves with architects of significance and planning for optimum growth and turnover, they are able to maintain the quality and detail for which they are known.
Paul is now the very proud father of 4 kids! Together with his wife, Georgia, they enjoy the coastal lifestyle down on the Mornington Peninsula. Surfing whenever he can and bike riding with his kids, he has certainly achieved a more family friendly career. We can’t wait to see what Format Group shakes up over the coming years!