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RIBA Regional Award Winner - Science Centre, Benenden School, Kent

Science Centre, Benenden School, KentArchitect: Hopkins Architects

Contractor: BBS Construction Limited

Building Control: BBS Building Control Limited

The Science Centre, Benenden School, Kent recently won a RIBA Regional Award and is now short-listed for a National Award. Hopkins Architects designed the 2,800 m/sq building which has been constructed opposite an improved existing building and creates an intimate new courtyard space for the school.

The Science Centre contains a resource library, laboratories and lecture theatre for the Physics, Chemistry and Biology departments. The three storey entrance hall houses exhibition and display spaces and an informal break out areas. 

BBS Building Control was appointed Approved Inspector on the project and has worked on well over 100 educational facilities in the past couple of years.


Updated: 2014-07-11 12:52:08   Added: 2014-06-28 18:17:25




BBS Conference 2014


BBS Conference May 2014The Strand Palace Hotel, London was the venue for the 2014 BBS Conference. Staff from all regional offices gathered at the Hotel for what proved to be a very interesting day. Nigel Barr MD and Paul Boyce opened proceedings with an overview of the history of the companies, the current business position and their rapid growth over the past 12 years.

Nigel provided staff with information on the wide range of new projects being serviced by BBS Building Control, the significant month-on-month increase in new clients due to recommendation and referrals and the challenges and opportunities facing the Building Control profession and the business in the future. Staff were thanked for their continued commitment to providing a high quality and professional service for clients which is the backbone of our successful business model.

Paul outlined the increasing range of services provided through BBS Site Services including steadily developing Health and Safety consultancy, Quality Auditing for major developers and rapid growth in our Party Wall Surveying business. The morning’s agenda also included an update on the broad range of assessment and support consultancy services provided by our Environmental division to many major developers. Andy Mitchell, Director of Environmental Services, gave examples of his teams current large schemes.

Over lunch staff had the opportunity to catch up on the news from around the regional offices and to meet all the new members of staff that had joined BBS since the last conference!

Following the lunch break, the Directors had a surprise in store for everyone…complimentary tickets to the viewing platform at The Shard. London’s tallest building! Looking at the London skyline from the 68th floor of the building, we all agreed it was a splendid end to a very good conference!


Updated: 2014-07-01 15:03:14   Added: 2014-06-05 08:33:51




Former Marconi Works Site, Chelmsford - Update

Client and Contractor: Bellway Homes | Landscape Consultant: Liz Lake Associates | Energy Consultant: BBS Environmental

The Former Marconi New Street Works site in the centre of Chelmsford, built in 1912, was the world’s first purpose-built radio factory. The factory closed in the 1990s and remained derelict for many years until the site was purchased by Belway Homes in 2012. Planning permission to develop the site was granted in March 2013 and demolition of the majority of the site, including the iconic Marconi House and Building 720, began in April 2013. Certain elements of the original buildings will remain, including: the Grade II listed water tower, the New Street cottages, the power house and the 1912 front building façade.

The redevelopment comprises the construction of a mixed-use scheme of 418 units contained within buildings extending to between 2 and 7 storeys. 35% of the residential units is affordable housing and is being designed to meet Code Level 3. Also the conversion of other buildings on the site to provide commercial floor space and other non-residential uses (A1-A4, D1 and D2). One of the new commercial units will form Bellway Homes’ new offices.

BBS Environmental has been involved with this interesting project from the Planning stage. Consultancy services and assessments include: Energy calculations and report for the Planning Application; SAPs and Code assessments; BREEAM (to achieve Very Good BREEAM rating) and SBEM.

All work is scheduled for completion in early 2016 and the pricing structure for dwellings is due to be announced in early summer of this year.


Updated: 2014-05-06 17:11:25   Added: 2014-05-06 17:11:24




Grand Designs Live Show, London - May 2014


Grand Design LiveBBS will be exhibiting at this year's Grand Designs Live Show at the Excel Centre, Royal Victoria Docks, London. The Show is being held over 9 days at the beginning of May and last year attracted well over 110,000 visitors.

Staff from our Building Control and Environmental departments will be on hand throughout the event to discuss your construction projects. So, if you intend to visit the Grand Designs Show this yeat then please drop by Stand B227.

We look forward to meeting clients - old and new - at next month's Show!


Updated: 2014-04-01 13:32:05   Added: 2014-04-01 13:32:04




Build It Live!

Build It LiveThe Glow Exhibition Centre at the Bluewater Shopping Centre was the venue for this year's Build It Live Show. Over 100 exhibitors, from across the self-build industry, were on-hand to offer advice about each stage of the construction process: from land purcahse, planning and warranties through to construction methods and materials and interior design.

Among the many exhibitors was Design For Me. A new and interesting concept, created by Emily Barnes, which tailors architects and designers to a client's specific project type and requirements.

BBS exhibited at the show for the first time this year and the surveying team was kept very busy throughout the weekend advising prodspective house builders on the Building Regulations and required environmental assessments.

BBS wishes to thank the organisers and all their staff for such a well-attended and interesting show.


Updated: 2014-02-26 11:55:31   Added: 2014-02-26 11:55:31




Part L 2013 - Transitional Provisions

Part L Transitional

The transitional provisions for the new approved documents will be the same as for those for the 2010 Building Regulations. In summary this means:

Where an Initial Notice has been submitted and building work commenced on the site before 6th April 2014 then the provisions of Part L will not apply, and;

Where an Initial Notice is served before 6th April 2014 then the provision of Part L will not apply, so long as work commencies on site before 6th April 2015.

Those wishing to submit an Initial Notice can do so by completing the online Application Form.


Updated: 2014-02-13 11:48:12   Added: 2014-02-13 11:48:12




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