Focus Consultants helping to save ‘At Risk’ buildings in Nottingham

Posted: 31 Mar, 2020

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Focus Consultants cultural services consultant, Laura Summers, has become a Trustee of a new charity which has been formed to save heritage buildings across Nottingham city. The Trust will also have an important role in helping communities across the city to manage their historic buildings. The City of Nottingham Historic Buildings Limited (CoNHBL) has been… Read more »

Focus Consultants takes a lead on V&A exhibitions

Posted: 25 Mar, 2020

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Focus Consultants has continued its role as one of the leading consultants in the museum exhibition sector with key appointments at the V&A London and its sister museum in Dundee. Focus was the lead consultant on Cars: Accelerating the Modern World and Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk, which are both currently running at the V&A South… Read more »

The Future Homes Standard: Technical Bulletin from Focus Consultants

Posted: 16 Jan, 2020

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Our experts have put together a bulletin setting out the main changes proposed in the consultation document in respect of Approved Document Part L – which includes an approach to support the UK’s net zero greenhouse emissions target for 2050 by looking to decarbonize our homes. The bulletin identifies from within the consultation how the… Read more »

Construction Work at Ely Museum

Posted: 10 Jan, 2020

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Following a successful bid for a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant, construction work is now progressing at Ely Museum, with RG Carter recently starting the strip out works required. The construction work will be followed by an exhibition fit-out contract to allow the refurbished museum to be relaunched to the public by the end of… Read more »

Focus Consultants’ research calculates significant ROI for LLEP investment

Posted: 6 Jan, 2020

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Focus Consultants have calculated that the £126 million invested in Leicester and Leicestershire through the Local Growth Fund Programme could bring huge economic benefits to the area. Focus estimates that the potential Return on Investment generated through the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership Limited (LLEP) investment for the local economy could be over £28 for every… Read more »

Focus Consultants delivers its 5,000th air pressure test

Posted: 11 Dec, 2019

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Five years after launching a service to provide air testing for new and refurbished buildings, Focus Consultants has marked its 5,000th air pressure test. Since Focus set up the offer in 2014, demand has increase year on year, and from what started as a service specifically for the East and West Midlands region, it now… 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 »

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 »

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 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 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 »

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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Boston Manor House Refurb Due to Start in 2019

Posted: 18 Dec, 2018

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A Grade I Listed Jacobean manor house will close in the New Year for a refurbishment after securing a £3,734,200 National Lottery grant. Focus Consultants provided business planning and quantity surveying services for Boston Manor House in Brentford as part of the early stages of the redevelopment plans. The heritage restoration project entitled Boston Manor:… Read more »

Focus Consultants completes role in fire safety improvements at Lincoln hospital

Posted: 13 Dec, 2018

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A £1.4m programme of fire safety improvement work in which Focus Consultants undertook the building surveying, design and contract administrator responsibilities has been completed on a ward at Lincoln County Hospital. The third floor Branston Ward (gynaecology) at Lincoln County Hospital has just undergone a major refurbishment, as part of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s… Read more »

Focus Consultants completes eight-year PM role at key museum

Posted: 12 Nov, 2018

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An eight-year redevelopment at St Fagans National Museum of History, project managed by Focus Consultants, has successfully completed and been topped with a highly commended accolade at the RICS 2018 Grand Final Awards. Focus first began working with the Welsh museum in 2010 when Focus was appointed for the preparation of a Heritage Lottery Fund… Read more »

Two council contracts completed by Focus Consultants

Posted: 6 Sep, 2018

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Focus Consultants has completed two key contracts for Huntingdonshire District Council. Focus project managed the recent refurbishment and improvements of the swimming pool and changing village at One Leisure St Neots. Focus was also contract administrator, principal designer and CDM advisor for the £260,000, nine-week scheme at the leisure centre. In addition, Focus Consultants has… Read more »

Focus Consultants Charity Golf Day Proceeds go to The Thera Trust

Posted: 20 Jul, 2018

Focus Consultants hosted another of the company’s annual charity golf days at the Belton Park Golf Club near Grantham in Lincolnshire – raising £200 for The Thera Trust, a local East Midlands charity who is raising money for a sensory garden in Boston. Attended by 16 different organisations, 18 players took part in the golf… Read more »

Focus gains ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification

Posted: 2 Jul, 2018

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Focus have gained certification to the 2015 standards for both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. Having previously been certificated to the ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 standards, we were successful in achieving the transition to the 2015 standards in our Nottingham, Leicester and Lincolnshire offices. Our certification further underpins our existing quality and environmental systems,… Read more »

Excitement for Focus Consultants at news that Tatton Park is an award finalist

Posted: 18 Jun, 2018

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A recently completed heritage scheme at Tatton Park in Cheshire, which Focus Consultants helped to project manage, has been named as a finalist in three categories of the North West Regional Construction Awards 2018. Tatton Dale Farm was shortlisted in the Preservation and Rejuvenation Award, as well as the Cheshire Project of the Year Award… Read more »

Energy experts at Focus Consultants offer advice on new BREEAM rules

Posted: 8 May, 2018

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Developers, contractors and architects are being urged to incorporate sustainability into the very earliest designs of commercial buildings following the launch of the updated BREEAM UK New Construction scheme. Sustainability experts at Focus Consultants have studied the revision of the key sustainability assessment method for real estate and are advising the best way forward. “BREEAM… Read more »

Focus Consultants partner completes hottest London Marathon on record

Posted: 23 Apr, 2018

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Focus Consultants partner Kevin Osbon has successfully completed the hottest London Marathon on record – raising more than £2,000 for charity. But he has vowed that his first marathon will also be his last. “It was absolute carnage,” said Kevin. “Nearly everyone had to walk or run in spurts after Canary Wharf, which seemed to… Read more »

Focus Consultants re-appointed to NHS SBS Framework for a second term

Posted: 20 Apr, 2018

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Focus Consultants has been appointed to the NHS SBS Framework for a second term to provide construction consultancy services. The agreement runs until 31 March 2022. Focus is currently on seven framework agreements, including the ESPO 2664_18 framework to supply consultancy services for property & building advice and management services, and the ESPO 664-17 framework… Read more »

Focus Partner runs the London Marathon in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust

Posted: 17 Apr, 2018

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One of the founding Partners of Focus Consultants will be pounding the streets of the capital on Sunday (22nd April) when he takes part in the London Marathon. Despite having six knee operations over the past 15 years – including two total knee reconstructions – Kevin Osbon is aiming to conquer more than 26 miles… Read more »

Focus Consultants awarded position on key national consultancy services framework

Posted: 7 Feb, 2018

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Focus Consultants has been awarded a position on a major national framework to supply consultancy services for property & building advice and management services. The position on the ESPO 2664_18 framework will run until December 2020 with an option to extend for a further year until December 2021. It means that public-sector clients and social… Read more »

Focus dives into Leisure Centre schemes

Posted: 22 Jan, 2018

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Focus Consultants is playing a key role in improving leisure facilities in Cambridgeshire. The company was appointed to provide construction consultancy services for the fast-track refurbishment and alteration project to Burgess Hall Events and Conference Centre in St Ives. The centre, run by One Leisure, the in-house leisure provider for Huntingdonshire District Council, has undergone… Read more »

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 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 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 »