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BBS Building Control and Bespoke Builder Services have been acquired by leading compliance provider Stroma Group

BBS Building Control and Bespoke Builder Services (Environmental and other consultancy services) have been acquired by leading compliance provider Stroma Group

We are delighted to announce BBS Building Control and Bespoke Builder Services have been acquired by the Stroma Group. The creation of the Stroma compliance division includes fellow Approved Inspectors Greendoor Building Control and Approved Design Consultancy to become one of the largest group of independent Approved Inspectors in the UK.

The three organisations have more than 40 years Approved Inspector experience and will provide us with greater national geographical coverage as well as offering a multitude of benefits to BBS and Stroma customers through the expanding Building Control division and additional services.

Nigel Barr, Managing Director of BBS, said “As one of the largest Approved Inspectors we are delighted to be joining with Greendoor and Approved Design to form Stroma’s compliance division. This acquisition will allow us to continue to grow the business and deliver the high level of service our clients and customers have come to expect.”


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Updated: 2016-05-03 16:55:01   Added: 2016-05-03 15:30:46

Colindale Station House - Update

Colindale Station HouseClient: Hallmark Estates
Planner: KR Planning Limited
Architect: Contemporary Design Solutions
Main Contractor: Designated Contractors Limited
Building Control: BBS Building Control Limited

Work is nearing completion on this interesting mixed-use development. The scheme combines a 55 bedroom hotel, student accommodation (comprising 471 rooms over 17 floors), commercial and retail space located at the ground and mezzanine levels. The basement contains a health club, laundry and staff facilities. The project is unique as it is made of ‘pods’ that are manufactured in China and shipped to the UK.  The pods are already fitted out during the manufacturing process, so ready to use once they have arrived on site and the services connected.  Works on site are progressing well and quickly. The pods, steel frames and concrete floor decks are all complete and the external cladding and insulation in currently in progress.

The client, Hallmark Estates, has also recently appointed BBS to provide the Building Control services on another project in North London of a similar type to the Colindale scheme. This new build project will incorporate 273 student accommodation units and a warehouse. 

Updated: 2016-04-21 08:01:50   Added: 2016-04-21 08:01:49

Wheels Around the Weald 2016

Hospice in the Weald is a charity local to BBS’ Head Office in Lamberhurst, Kent. The charity provides support for people with terminal illnesses in the Kent and East Sussex area. No charge is made for these services which are provided on the basis of need rather than ability to pay. The Hospice relies on donations to fund their work and needs to raise over £7 million each year to provide their vital services to not only patients, but their families and carers as well.

BBS is delighted to, once again, be sponsoring the annual cycling event, Wheels Around the Weald, which this year takes place on Sunday 26th June. A team from BBS will pedal their way around the 40 or 80 mile cycle routes.

Last year the event brought together over 300 cyclists and raised more than £20,000. This year, we hope to raise even more money!


If you would like to take part in the event, you can sign up here:


If you wish to make a donation to the Hospice in the Weald and support our team of intrepid cyclists then please visit our Just Giving Page


Thank you very much! 


Updated: 2016-02-10 08:20:44   Added: 2016-02-09 16:31:31

The Home Quality Mark

The Home Quality MarkThe Home Quality Mark
is a rigorous and relevant standard for new homes. Developed by BRE – the UK’s leading building science centre – it helps everyone understand the quality, performance and attributes of new build homes.
Looking for a home with reduced payments and less maintenance? One that is cheaper to run, better located, and more able to cope with the demands of a changing climate?
Look for the Home Quality Mark.

Giving you peace of mind
Developed and assessed by independent experts, the Mark rates the quality, efficiency and performance of each home in ten key areas. Easy to understand and compare, the ratings remove the guess work from one of life’s most important decisions.

Meeting your needs
The Mark also considers the things that influence everyone’s quality of life: space, comfort, light, noise and access to local amenities. Ratings for each of these provide a clear and comprehensive picture that will help you find a home that really works for you.

Saving you money
The Mark brings financial benefits too. Homes receiving a high rating are cheaper to heat and power and less likely to need expensive repairs and maintenance.

How can I obtain certification under The Home Quality Mark?
BBS has independent, fully trained licenced assessors who will rate the new home based on a wide range of technical criteria. Further information for homebuilders and homebuyers is available from our Environmental team. Please contact Louise Veiga on: 01892 891280 or email:

Updated: 2016-01-15 14:57:52   Added: 2016-01-15 14:50:28

BBS 2015 Review

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our clients a very Happy New Year and look forward to the opportunity of working on many more projects together in 2016.

Here is a review of 2015 which is available to download. 

Updated: 2016-01-07 15:37:51   Added: 2016-01-07 13:49:39

Brick Development Association Award

BBS has recently completed the Building Control on a project near St. James’ in Central London. The project was for the conversion of an existing office building, along with the construction of an additional three stories and basement. The completed project consists of 22 studio, one two and three bedroom high-end residential flats, a basement car park and a ground floor residential unit.

A great deal of thought and consideration went into the architectural detailing on the building’s façade. One of the external corners of the building has a ball-nose feature with a clock. The flats also look out onto external loggia balconies giving the building a stylish look. 

Earlier this week the project won the BDA Chairman's Award : "This building exemplifies the kind of refurbishment project that we need if we are to regenerate our inner city areas in a sustainable way and create the kind of environments which people value and where they want to live."  

Updated: 2015-11-20 15:10:51   Added: 2015-11-20 15:10:51

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