Nottingham University Carbon Neutral Laboratory

Nottingham University Carbon Neutral Laboratory

The new multi-million-pound GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Nottingham is now complete. After a fire destroyed the site back in 2015 the build had to be re-started from scratch.  The new laboratory will equip Nottingham Chemistry students with the necessary skills for future employment in the modern synthetic chemical...

Salford University opens £3m ‘Megalab’

A £3m state of the art Environment and Life Sciences laboratory at the University of Salford is to be named after geneticist Sir Walter Bodmer. Who will officially open the laboratory on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Sir Walter, one of the proposers of the Human Genome Project in the 1980s, and former research director of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. The Human Genome Project – which mapped some 3 billion pairs of genes which make up our DNA – is considered the most significant advance in the biosciences in a century. FBS completed our work on the new laboratories in the Cockcroft Building in October 2015. They are equipped as a world-class teaching facility, and feature an AV system that allows the lecturer to be linked visually and audibly with interconnected...

Further award For St John Bosco Arts College

St John Bosco Arts College, Liverpool has won the Public Sector Interior Project of the Year award at the 2015 Mixology awards. The award was given on 25 June at Mixology 15, Mix Interiors’ summer ball and awards, held at Old Billingsgate in London. St John Bosco Arts College is a new build 1,100 place Catholic girls’ secondary school. Colour, graphics and clever internal planning, to minimise circulation space and allow for multiple functions, have created a unique response to the school’s identity and sense of place in its community. The judges said: “This stunning school has created a unique, exciting and stimulating environment for learning.” The prestigious Mix Interiors awards are given to the groundbreakers and boundary pushers of the commercial interiors sector recognising the most influential people and companies. originally posted...

Awards success for St John Bosco Arts College

St John Bosco Arts College in Liverpool was announced as a RIBA Award winner in the north west region at an event in Manchester on 16 April. The project also scooped the client of the year award which went to Liverpool City Council and head teacher Anne Pontifex. The 1,100 place secondary school for girls opened in September 2014 and has been widely praised by pupils, staff and parents. Anne Pontifex said: “Our partnership with the architects developed into an open, honest and creative relationship, which enabled ideas, theory and the concept of truly ‘thinking outside the box’ to take place. As a result we have a unique, exciting and stimulating school which supports our already outstanding teaching and learning.” The prestigious awards are held annually to celebrate buildings of the highest architectural standards and which make a substantial contribution to the local environment. Regional winners are put forward for the RIBA National Awards, with the recipients announced in June. In addition the college has been shortlisted as one of 12 projects for the Architects’ Journal building of the year. This coveted award is given in recognition of the finest building that has been completed by an AJ120-listed practice in 2014. The winner will be announced on June 3. AJ editor Rory Olcayto said: “The standard of entries this year is incredible and genuinely wide-ranging, with projects hailing from the length and breadth of Britain alongside stunning international buildings. Picking a winner will be...

BBC News : St John Bosco Arts Academy

Our big summer project has been in the news with the opening of the new £18m St John Bosco Arts Academy in Croxteth. After being cancelled when the government Building Schools for the Future scheme was scrapped, the much needed project was re-started under a new local government funding initiative by Liverpool City Council. With our base just over the Mersey in Runcorn, FBS has taken great pride in being a part of such a high profile local...

Achilles : BuildingConfidence

FBS Contracts are proud to announce that we have completed the first stage of registering with Achilles BuildingConfidence and we have been granted Pre-Qualification Status. Due to the increasingly rigorous demands of various pieces of legislation and ongoing policies such as the CDM Regulations 2007, Corporate Manslaughter Act, Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility criteria, Immigration Laws, the Bribery and Corruption Act and also an increased focus on the financial stability of sub-contractors the pre-qualification stage of most construction projects has become more and more arduous, time consuming and costly. FBS has long been looking for an accreditation system that is cost effective and more efficient than having to repeatedly go through numerous seemingly identical questionnaires and pre-qualification systems. In Achilles BuildingConfidence we think we have found this. It is a systematic supplier qualification programme beginning with data capture through online questionnaires and then followed up with a rigorous validation process by dedicated assessment teams and qualified auditors. This all results in a single pre-qualification questionnaire which is independently accredited. By going through this registration process we at FBS Contracts hope to be able to reduce our overheads on large contracts and to greatly streamline our pre-qualification systems and procedures. Achilles BuildingConfidence qualifies, evaluates and monitors suppliers on behalf of some of the world’s largest corporations including 17 buyer organisations and over 1,500 suppliers in the UK construction sector alone. Major players in the UK Construction Sector such as Kier Group, Shepherd, Sisk, Balfour Beatty, Costain, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine and Skanska. For FBS Contracts there is also the added benefit of Identifying real business improvements through the review process, identifying ways in which our...