Focus Consultants celebrates as clients win in AJ Retrofit Awards

Posted: 9 Oct, 2019

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Two projects that Focus Consultants has been involved in have won awards in the Architects Journal Retrofit Awards 2019. The £12m overhaul of Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery in West London by Jestico + Whiles and Julian Harrap Architects took the top prize in the listed building over £5m category. Focus Consultants provided project management support on the exhibition and… Read more »

Focus Consultants makes a raft of promotions

Posted: 3 Oct, 2019

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Focus Consultants has announced a string of promotions with six members of staff being appointed to new positions. Jessica Bullers, in the Environmental Services team, and James Garner, in the Building Surveying department, both move from senior consultant to associate. Jessica joined Focus 12 years ago, while James has been with the company for more… Read more »

Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Posted: 3 Oct, 2019

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Focus Consultants, once again, held their annual Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Monday 23rd September. The Admin team with contributions from other members of staff, planned, organised and delivered a fantastic coffee morning full of delicious, freshly baked cakes and treats for all the staff to enjoy, raising a brilliant £101.65p. As always, we… Read more »

Sustainability Team At Focus Consultants Helps Historic Almshouses To Become More Energy Efficient

Posted: 16 Sep, 2019

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Focus Consultants has been appointed to help improve the energy efficiency of scores of historic almshouses in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Focus is undertaking an evaluation of the almshouse estates run by The Richmond Charities to determine how the charity could make energy efficiency improvements to the houses. Nottingham-based Focus’s role includes… Read more »

Focus Consultants appointed to undertake evaluation of Construction Industry Training Board projects

Posted: 12 Aug, 2019

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Focus Consultants has been appointed by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction industry, to evaluate a suite of grant-funded projects worth nearly £3.5 million. There is a recognised shortfall in trained vocational qualification assessors within the construction sector and the industry is facing significant skills gaps and shortages…. Read more »

Focus Consultants steps in to help create new community pathway

Posted: 12 Aug, 2019

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Senior building surveyor at Focus Consultants Darren Booker came to the aid of a local National Citizen Service (NCS) community action group by helping them with their project to clean up a small section of woodland in the community area of Bracebridge Heath, near Lincoln. The group of young school leavers assisted by two NCS… Read more »

Joy for Focus Consultants as heritage project receives £1.9 million grant

Posted: 5 Aug, 2019

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Nottingham-based Focus Consultants is celebrating the news that a key heritage project in Nottinghamshire has been awarded a £1.9 million National Lottery Heritage Fund grant. Focus is project managing the Leaves of Southwell project – a scheme to protect, interpret and better present the late 13th Century stone carvings of plants, animals and green men… Read more »

Focus Consultants at Association of Independent Museums Conference

Posted: 15 Jul, 2019

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Focus was delighted to send representatives to this year’s Association of Independent Museums (AIM) conference. Held at the National Civil War Centre in Newark, Nottinghamshire, which opened as a new museum in 2015, the conference looked to build on recent research by TripAdvisor showing a growing desire for cultural experiences and bookings for cultural attractions… Read more »

Focus Consultants appointed as business planners for major town hall restoration

Posted: 3 Jul, 2019

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Focus Consultants has been appointed by Rochdale Development Agency to create the business plan for the £16 million redevelopment of the iconic Rochdale Town Hall. The project, which had a successful bid for £8.9 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, is now underway, with the development work to inform the Stage 2 submission to… Read more »

Focus Consultants Associate back in the saddle for 50-mile bike ride

Posted: 25 Jun, 2019

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Focus Consultants Associate Mike Lee recently took part in the Great Nottinghamshire Bike Ride, successfully completing the event for the fourth time. Mike chose the 50-mile Friar Tuck route, which headed south out of West Bridgford and meandered through the countryside, taking in places like Ruddington, Keyworth, Cotgrave, Harby, Redmile, Cropwell Bishop and Radcliffe on… Read more »

New free school approved for Trent Basin area

Posted: 25 Jun, 2019

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Community facilities for Trent Basin are expanding after a new free school was given the go-ahead by the Government. Focus Consultants is part of the team that is delivering hundreds of energy efficient homes at Trent Basin, the sustainable neighbourhood currently being built beside the River Trent in Nottingham. Focus is currently the project manager,… Read more »

Focus Consultants advises on preliminary ecological appraisals

Posted: 24 Jun, 2019

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Focus Consultants has recently completed another preliminary ecological appraisal (PEA) for a client looking to develop a site in The Meadows, Nottingham. The survey area, an urban brownfield site now colonised by vegetation, may not be seen by some as requiring a PEA due to what seems like negligible ecological value. However, this is not… Read more »

Focus Consultants celebrates good news for Phoenix project

Posted: 10 Jun, 2019

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Focus Consultants is celebrating the news that Phoenix in Leicester is to receive £4 million of National Lottery money invested by Arts Council England towards its expansion and development plans. Phoenix 2020 will create a two-storey extension to the current building in Midland Street in the city’s Cultural Quarter, to include two new cinemas and… Read more »

Fire station upgrade role for Focus Consultants

Posted: 4 Jun, 2019

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Focus Consultants has been instrumental in a scheme to extend and refurbish one of the busiest on-call fire stations in Cambridgeshire. Focus was the designer and building surveyor, as well as contract administrator and CDM advisor, on the project for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service at Chatteris. It involved transforming one of the service’s older… Read more »

Focus Consultants researching how to maximise the benefits of the growing rail sector

Posted: 28 May, 2019

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Focus Consultants and Maber Architects have been appointed by Chesterfield Borough Council to explore the feasibility of establishing a Rail Innovation Centre at Barrow Hill, Chesterfield. The proposals for the Centre will enhance an already thriving centre of railway maintenance and engineering at Barrow Hill Engine Shed. In November 2018, Spanish Train Builder, Talgo announced… Read more »

Focus Consultants raises much-needed cash for valued community asset in Nottingham

Posted: 16 May, 2019

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Focus Consultants has staged a string of fund-raising activities to support Stonebridge City Farm in Nottingham, after the community charity launched an urgent appeal in January to raise £30,000 to keep the farm going through the winter months. Staff at Nottingham-based Focus came up with some fun Easter activities to raise much-needed cash, which was… Read more »

Focus hires two interns to experience life with the Economic Development and Cultural Services Teams

Posted: 15 May, 2019

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Liam Reidy and Amar Toor are taking a break from their studies at the University of Nottingham to join Focus Consultants as part of the Nottingham Internship Scheme. The students are undertaking a two-week placement amongst Focus’ experts in the art of strategy, funding, project development and delivery. Focus is offering the undergraduate spring internships… Read more »

Roles for Focus Consultants on Lincolnshire housing scheme

Posted: 29 Apr, 2019

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Focus Consultants has been appointed by South Holland District Council to carry out a multi-disciplinary consultancy role including employer’s agent, principal designer, clerk of works, and CDM advisor on a Lincolnshire housing development. The project consists of the demolition of ten existing bungalows and the development of 34 units comprising a mixture of one, two… Read more »

Council appoints Focus Consultants on housing schemes

Posted: 26 Apr, 2019

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Focus Consultants has been appointed by South Holland District Council to carry out Quality Inspections of three Section 106 sites being developed by Ashwood Homes Ltd. The sites, which are based in Moulton, Cowbit and Donington in Lincolnshire are due to be completed throughout 2019 and 2020. South Holland District Council will take ownership of… Read more »

Focus Consultants supporting business plan for art gallery and museum

Posted: 24 Apr, 2019

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Focus Consultants has been appointed to develop a new business plan for The Wilson Art Gallery & Museum in Cheltenham. The company joins leading heritage and conservation specialist Purcell and interpretation experts Image Makers to draw up a feasibility study for the art gallery and museum to unify its gallery buildings and maximise the use… Read more »

Focus Consultants appointed on historic Coventry scheme

Posted: 12 Apr, 2019

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Focus Consultants has been appointed as quantity surveyors on a £5.5m project to restore Coventry’s Grade II* listed Drapers’ Hall in time for the city being UK City of Culture in 2021. The building in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter will be used as a centre for educating young musicians from Coventry schools and… Read more »

Sustainable award win for Focus project

Posted: 2 Apr, 2019

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Focus Consultants is delighted that the Confetti Digital Media Hub in Nottingham has been named as the Sustainable Development of the Year winner at the East Midlands Bricks Awards. Focus Consultants was the BREEAM Assessor and the BREEAM Accredited Professional for the scheme, providing the design team with expert advice on built environment sustainability, environmental… Read more »

Focus Consultants delivers sustainability services to assist towards a carbon neutral Nottingham

Posted: 28 Mar, 2019

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Sustainability experts at Focus Consultants have welcomed Nottingham’s decision to aim to become the first carbon neutral city in the UK by 2028. Focus, has provided professional support and expertise on sustainability issues on many new-build projects in Nottingham, including the recently opened five-storey building at the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies at Nottingham Trent… Read more »

Focus Consultants projects shortlisted in Museums and Heritage Awards 2019

Posted: 21 Mar, 2019

We’re delighted to hear that several museum schemes involving Focus Consultants have been shortlisted in the Museums and Heritage Awards 2019. The D-Day Story in Portsmouth has been named as a finalist in the Permanent Exhibition of the Year category and also, one of its volunteers, John Jenkins, has been selected for the shortlist in… Read more »

Student Accommodation Scheme set to open in September

Posted: 14 Mar, 2019

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Focus Consultants are undertaking multiple roles at a student accommodation scheme being built on the site of the former Dagfa School in Beeston, Nottingham. The former independent school in Broadgate, which was based round the 18th Century house, closed in 2016 and is being developed by Cassidy Group Nottingham Ltd. The scheme started on site… Read more »

Sustainability team at Focus Consultants continuing work at Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst Campus

Posted: 27 Feb, 2019

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Focus Consultants has been appointed to support Nottingham Trent University on some of its latest developments at the university’s rural Brackenhurst Campus. As well as building a new flagship reception and environment centre, which will act as the new ‘heart of the campus’, construction has also started on new accommodation blocks, augmenting the campus’s on-site… Read more »

RICS Awards shortlisting for Focus Consultants projects

Posted: 26 Feb, 2019

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Focus Consultants is celebrating the news that two projects it was involved in have been shortlisted in the East Midlands RICS Awards 2019. The University of Northampton Engine Shed has been named as a finalist in the Building Conservation category, while the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies at Nottingham Trent University’s Creative Quarter Campus and… Read more »

Museum Redevelopment Appointment For Focus Consultants

Posted: 8 Feb, 2019

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Focus Consultants has been appointed to project manage the transformation of a Cambridgeshire museum after supporting the museum’s successful bid for a National Lottery grant. Focus provided Ely Museum with project management and business planning support during the development phase, which led to the recent news that the museum had been awarded a £1.66 million… Read more »

Focus Consultants appointed Quantity Surveyor and Principal Designer

Posted: 17 Jan, 2019

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Following commissions for the Natural History Museum that have included work to the Conservation Centre, and the Whales: Beneath the Surface Exhibition, Focus is pleased to announce our success in securing an appointment to provide both Quantity Surveying and Principal Designer Services for their forthcoming project The Earth Galleries Ground Floor.

Heritage Lottery Funding Success For Focus Consultants Project

Posted: 8 Jan, 2019

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Ambitious plans for a Grade I-listed museum, art gallery and library redevelopment scheme – project managed by Focus Consultants – have received initial National Lottery support. Re-Imagining the Harris project at the Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library in Preston, Lancashire, has been awarded development funding of £180,900 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This… Read more »