Three new appointments at Focus Consultants

Posted: 4 Dec, 2017

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Focus Consultants has welcomed three new members of staff to its professional teams. Sana Arif joins the Energy Team as a graduate sustainability consultant and is based in the company’s Nottingham head office.  Sana’s interests and qualifications lie within the energy sector, focusing on renewable technologies with specific skills in wind, solar power and hydrogen… Read more »

Focus completes project management role at Grade I listed hall

Posted: 27 Nov, 2017

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A previously inaccessible area of a Grade I listed hall is being opened to the public following a conservation project which has been managed by Focus Consultants. The scheme at Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens in Northamptonshire – entitled ‘Tunnelling through the Past’ – has conserved the former stable yard, laundries and the servants’ areas in… Read more »

Focus Consultants proud as historic hall project is shortlisted in awards

Posted: 29 Sep, 2017

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Focus is delighted to hear news that the renovation and refurbishment scheme at Bridgford Hall has been named as a finalist in this year’s East Midlands fbe Awards. The scheme was supported by Focus Consultants with funding advice, project management and quantity surveying services. Completed earlier this year, the redevelopment involved renovating the Grade II… Read more »

Pioneering community energy pilot underway at Nottingham development – Focus proud to be involved

Posted: 8 Sep, 2017

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Trent Basin, a new development in Nottingham, is about to set the bar for community energy schemes as it prepares to install Europe’s largest community battery (2MWh), and solar photovoltaics that will generate, store and distribute energy at a neighbourhood level, and launch a unique energy company for residents. A trailblazing consortium of business, government… Read more »

Focus Consultants on board with replica 17th century sailing ship scheme

Posted: 24 Aug, 2017

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Funding and business planning experts, Focus Consultants, have been appointed to work on an exciting project which will result in the building and launching of a full-size replica of the Lenox, a 17th century sailing ship and which will be a major new tourist attraction based at Convoys Wharf, Lewisham, London. Convoys Wharf, originally known… Read more »

Focus Consultants hosts work experience student in Lincolnshire office

Posted: 16 Aug, 2017

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Focus Consultants once again showed a willingness to help the next generation progress by hosting a student for two weeks’ work experience. Callum Hunt, 15, a pupil at the William Lovell Church of England Academy in Stickney, spent a fortnight at Focus’ Boston office this summer. The Boston office, which is based at Endeavour Park,… Read more »

Focus Consultants proud to see the opening of St Fagans National Museum of History

Posted: 2 Aug, 2017

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The National Museum Wales has recently unveiled the redeveloped main building at its St Fagans National Museum of History in Cardiff. The Grade II-listed main building now provides a new entrance, reception area, shop and café. The Weston Centre for Learning includes activity spaces and a lecture theatre. Also due to complete soon is Gweithdy, a… Read more »

Focus Consultants appointed to progress Cheltenham Town Hall transformation

Posted: 2 Aug, 2017

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The eagerly-awaited redevelopment of the iconic Cheltenham Town Hall has moved a step closer following the appointment of Focus Consultants to undertake a full feasibility study for the project. In 2016, the Town Hall project was named top of the town’s “wish list” in a public consultation on key projects. And earlier this summer, Cheltenham… Read more »

Focus Consultants helps to bring Mrs Smith’s Cottage back to life

Posted: 27 Jul, 2017

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Mrs Smith’s Cottage in the village of Navenby, in Lincolnshire, is a rare example of a typical home built in the mid 1800s. North Kesteven District Council hopes to receive Heritage Lottery Funding toward the project ‘Rescuing Mrs Smith’s Cottage: a unique slice of bygone Lincolnshire life’ which will bring it back into operation as… Read more »

London church appointment for Focus Consultants

Posted: 25 Jul, 2017

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Focus Consultants has been appointed to project manage a plan for a major restoration at one of London’s historic churches. The Parish Church of St Marylebone, home to the internationally respected Healing and Counselling Centre and innovative NHS Marylebone Health Centre, has been awarded initial support of £700,000 from The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to… Read more »

Focus Consultants’ role with Waterloo Housing Group continues

Posted: 18 Jul, 2017

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Work has begun on site to build 22 new affordable homes in Lincolnshire – the latest project that Focus Consultants has undertaken for Waterloo Housing Group. The team in the Boston office of Focus Consultants has been appointed to carry out a multi-disciplinary construction consultancy role on the development in Church Road in Old Leake…. Read more »

Focus Consultants plays key role in opening of Lincolnshire’s first psychiatric intensive care unit

Posted: 6 Jul, 2017

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The official opening of Lincolnshire’s first Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) has taken place. Focus Consultants undertook several roles in the development, including project manager, designer, principal designer, quantity surveyor and contract administrator. The brand new ten-bedded male only unit, which is known as the Hartsholme Centre, has redeveloped an existing unused ward with considerate… Read more »

Historic buildings could qualify for redevelopment grants

Posted: 19 Jun, 2017

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Funding experts at Focus Consultants are urging the owners of historic buildings to consider following in the footsteps of Bridgford Hall which has become the first completed project in the East Midlands to benefit from a Heritage Enterprise Grant. Focus supported Rushcliffe Borough Council in its successful bid for a £1.5 million Heritage Enterprise Grant… Read more »

Focus Consultants delighted to see Bridgford Hall officially reopened after renovation

Posted: 15 Jun, 2017

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An historic hall has officially re-opened after a major redevelopment project, which was supported by Focus Consultants with funding advice, project management and quantity surveying services. The Grade II Listed mansion Bridgford Hall, located in West Bridgford Park, Nottingham, has recently completed a £2.3million redevelopment project. With the help of a Heritage Enterprise grant award… Read more »

‘Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion’ launches at the V&A

Posted: 31 May, 2017

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  Focus Consultants have been working in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum to create a new exhibition entitled ‘Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion’. It will showcase the work of the revolutionary couturier and fashion icon Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895-1972).  The exhibition will feature the UK’s largest collection of his work, including items made for actress Ava… Read more »

Sustainability team at Focus Consultants appointed on one of Nottingham’s ‘greenest’ projects

Posted: 24 May, 2017

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Sustainability experts at Focus Consultants have been appointed to help Nottingham’s new Digital Media Hub become one of the top three environmentally sustainable sites in the city. The £9.1 million Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies is scheduled to be the flagship part of Nottingham Trent University’s Creative Quarter Campus and the main site of the… Read more »

Focus Consultants research economic benefit of Leicester Textiles Hub

Posted: 15 May, 2017

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Focus Consultants has been working with Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) and Leicester City Council with support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to explore the creation of a hub and training centre in the city to help Leicester boost its textiles industry. The textiles manufacturing sector in the Leicester and Leicestershire LEP… Read more »

The National Army Museum opens after a £23.75m redevelopment

Posted: 28 Apr, 2017

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Established in 1960, the National Army Museum in Chelsea, London, is a leading authority on the British Army and its impact on society past and present. Through the collections, it preserves and shares the stories of ordinary people with extraordinary responsibilities, exploring the role of the army and its relevance today. The museum has been… Read more »

Focus Consultants stages charity golf day

Posted: 25 Apr, 2017

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Focus Consultants hosted the company’s annual charity golf day at the Belton Park Golf Club near Grantham in Lincolnshire – raising £180 for The Butterfly Trust, a local hospice based in Boston, Lincolnshire. Attended by 16 different organisations, 18 players took part, with first prize being presented to Nick Piggott of the NatWest banking group… Read more »

New community centre for Mareham-Le-Fen breaks ground

Posted: 18 Apr, 2017

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Work is now underway on building a new community centre in Lincolnshire village Mareham le Fen, which will replace a 100-year-old tin and timber hall. Focus Consultants is project managing the scheme, having earlier supported the Village Hall Management Committee in securing a grant of just over £500,000 from The Big Lottery Fund. Other main… Read more »

Focus Team Bakes for Comic Relief

Posted: 4 Apr, 2017

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This March, members of Focus Nottingham Office have been putting their baking skills to the test to raise money for Comic Relief. We held two bake sales over the course of several weeks, where members of the staff produced a range of treats from brownies to cupcakes. The Malteser based incentive ‘Bake a million’ encouraged… Read more »

The SPACE on show at Nottingham Girls High School

Posted: 30 Mar, 2017

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After 10 years in design and development, the new Nottingham Girls High School Performing Arts Centre, known as The SPACE, had its opening ceremony on 23rd of March. The evening consisted of a gala event followed by a performance of ‘Grease’ by the students. Focus Consultants were appointed to to carry out full Quantity Surveying… Read more »

Focus Consultants project manages Gilbert White and The Oates Museum redevelopment

Posted: 28 Mar, 2017

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After supporting a successful Round 2 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid in Spring 2016, Focus Consultants are pleased to announce that the renovation of the museum housing The Gilbert White and the Oates Collections in Selborne, Hampshire, has begun construction. Focus were appointed to project manage the £2.5 million redevelopment of the 17th Century Grade… Read more »

Focus delighted to hear of Civic Trust Awards commendation

Posted: 17 Mar, 2017

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The team at Focus Consultants is proud to hear the news that a scheme we were involved with has received a commendation in the Civic Trust Awards. The accolade was given to the Heart of the Campus development at Nottingham Trent University, which involved rebuilding the centre of the Clifton campus with two new buildings… Read more »

Focus Consultants appointed as energy consultants on retirement village scheme

Posted: 14 Mar, 2017

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Experts at Focus Consultants have been appointed as the consultants on a 260-home retirement village being built in Buckinghamshire. Members of the Energy and Sustainability Team at Focus have been retained to advise, support and assess a range of related aspects for the Hughenden Gardens Village development being built by registered charity The ExtraCare Charitable… Read more »

Eastbourne tennis superstar backs Focus Consultants’ Devonshire Quarter project in new film

Posted: 9 Mar, 2017

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  World top 10 tennis player Johanna Konta is fronting a powerful new short film showcasing the impressive Devonshire Quarter transformation underway in her hometown of Eastbourne.   Focus Consultants is the project manager and contract administrator for the £44million scheme, and also undertook the economic impact analysis of the development.   The in-form British… Read more »

Apprentice at Focus Consultants climbs the ladder of opportunity

Posted: 6 Mar, 2017

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A former apprentice at our Boston Office has jumped at the chance to launch a new career within the company. Victoria Bell, 18, joined Focus Boston as an apprentice administrator in 2014 and was taken on as a permanent member of the administration staff a year later after completing her training at Boston College. But,… Read more »

Focus Consultants appointed project manager on Tatton Park scheme

Posted: 14 Feb, 2017

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Heritage experts at Focus Consultants have been appointed to help drive forward a project to showcase the history of farming and its relevance to healthy eating today at one of the UK’s most well-known country estates. Tatton Dale Farm in Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, has received £1 million Heritage Lottery funding to develop a scheme… Read more »

Focus and Nottingham Trent University present Economic Funding courses

Posted: 2 Feb, 2017

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Focus Consultants are pleased to announce the introduction of two one-day courses in partnership with the School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University, taking place on the 2nd and 3rd of March 2017 at Nottingham Conference Centre at NTU’s City Campus. Focus founding partner Kevin Osbon and partner Heather Frecklington, both… Read more »

Focus Consultants gains key environmental accreditation

Posted: 23 Jan, 2017

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The teams at Focus Consultants have cemented their commitment to high environmental standards by achieving an internationally recognised environmental management accreditation. The Leicester office of Focus has become the latest of the Focus offices to be awarded ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and follows the Nottingham and Boston offices, which also recently gained the standard…. Read more »