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We are pleased to announce that we have been accepted on to the Imperial College London’s prestigious ‘Safety Health Environment Leadership Team’ (SHELT).

The role of SHELT is to provide a forum for College Estates and contractors on the Approved Contractors List, where improvements in safety culture can be discussed and best practice construction standards identified and mutually agreed.

Quest Interiors has been working with Imperial College London (ICL) since 2008 and has delivered successful projects for both the Estates Projects and Estates Facilities Divisions, in the price range £100,000 to £1m.

In its latest issue of the CIBSE Journal, David Cheshire highlights the importance of the SKA environmental rating for fit-outs and refers to the rating as an established assessment tool proving to be popular within the retail and office sectors.

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The fit-out market continues to grow in terms of its value to the UK’s construction industry and its impact on the environment. Fit-outs have proved to be a great opportunity to improve the environmental performance of a building through building services such as the renewal of light fittings and taps, to major plant replacement.

Operated by RICS, SKA Rating is an environmental assessment tool for sustainable fit-outs and refurbishment of existing buiding. It provides methods to measure good-practice throughout the implementation of a project and has been adopted by property occupiers in both the office and retail sectors.

SKA covers eight topics, four of which include energy, water, health and well-being and pollution. The assessment criteria involves the speciafication and installation of energy-and-water-efficient equipment, plant with low emmissions and controls and systems that help promote comfortable and healthy environments.

The assessment method is broken down into a list of ‘good-practice measures’, that can be incorporated into the project to help improve the environmental performance of the fit-out.

When the design team decide to incorporate a good practice measure such as a design principal or technology to help reduce the fit-outs environmental impact, thery get rewarded. In comparison to other environmental assessment tools, SKA assesses the project insteasd of the whole building.

The University of Oxford has received planning to build a pioneering data centre to lead the battle against disease.

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The new building will store vast amounts of information to give researchers new insights into illnesses and treatments worldwide.

During a visit Prime Minister David Cameron said it would put the UK at “the forefront of revolutionising healthcare through big data and better drug discovery”.

The new building located at Headington forms part of a £1.8bn decade-long capital masterplan which the university began implementing this year.

Chairman Roy Darke said:

“This is an important addition for research facilities for the university, and I have no doubt this is of enormous value for the city.”

Tracy and the Hooplarious Hoopers Race for Life

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Tracy Williams of Quest Interiors recently completed her 2nd ‘Race for Life’ (RFL) in aid of Cancer Research UK with the ‘Hooplarious Hoopers’.

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The team of hula hoopers took part in the RFL in memory of family and friends who have lost their battle with Cancer and to support family and friends who are still battling.  They completed the course in an impressive time of 1hour and 10 minutes and have so far raised £250.00 for Cancer Research UK.

Donations can still be made by visiting the Hooplarious Hooper’s JustGiving.com page here or text HOOP95 to 70070 to donate £5.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a series of 5k or 10k women-only fundraising events, which are raising money for research to help beat all 200 types of cancer sooner.

The University of Manchester has started looking for contractors to deliver their £1bn redevelopment plan.

 

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With the first phase of the extensive investment project commencing next year, the university is in search of the teams who will bring the 8 year development plan to life. The project involves the construction of a range of new buildings and facilities with the aim of creating a unified campus near Manchester city centre.

The first phase of construction which is due to be completed in 2019 will see the building and redevelopment of a number of areas on the campus, including a new Manchester Engineering Campus Development and new centres for the School of Law and Manchester Business School.

In addition the project includes a major refurbishment of the University Library and the creation of an improved Students’ Union.

Quest Interiors has been awarded triple certification in OHSAS 18001, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, validating their commitment to health and safety, quality and the environment.

 

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Certificate number 12185 – ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001

                                                                               

After months of assessment, we are pleased to announce that Quest Interiors have been awarded the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 accreditations byAlcumus ISOQAR. Alcumus ISOQAR provides certification services that are accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

Each of the certifications achieved required Quest Interiors to meet specific globally recognised industry standards.

ISO 9001 confirms that Quest Interiors is adhering to international quality management standards. ISO 14001 certifies that the organisation is effectively managing and mitigating their impact upon the environment and the OHSAS 18001 certification verifies that Quest Interiors provides a safe and healthy workplace for employees.

 

Victorian Vaults refurbished for commercial use for Imperial College

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Quest Interiors were appointed by Imperial College to transform the Victorian Vaults at Imperial College into new meeting rooms for the Business School.

Each Vault had the existing slab removed and replaced with a newer datum. The project came with a number of challenges as each of the Vaults are situated below street level which meant that the entire area had to be tanked in order to make it water tight.

Quest Interiors have delivered several high profile Design & Build and Specialist Refurbishment projects for prestigious Education Estates in and around central London. Quest Interiors have worked as a preferred supplier for the Imperial College on a number of properties within their portfolio.

During the next three years, leading universities within the UK will spend more than £9bn on new research facilities, accommodation and IT infrastructure in a sign of the growing importance of education to the British economy.

 

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Spending by the elite Russell Group of universities highlights how British institutions are struggling to attract top students from both home and abroad as the UK faces strong competition from well-resourced rivals in Asia and the US.

 

According to a league table published by the Times Higher Education, universities outside the “golden triangle” between Oxford, Cambridge and London are increasingly sliding down global rankings to be replaced by countries such as South Korea and China.

 

An analysis of the 24 Russell Group universities by consultants Biggar Economics identifies 67 noteworthy projects with a joint value of £3.8bn. These include seven “major developments” for academic, residential and commercial uses, 17 new research facilities for science, technology, engineering and maths, and 12 medical research investments.

Industrial units refurbished for commercial use for London & Cambridge Properties

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We were appointed by London & Cambridge Properties to completely transform a large industrial unit to transform it into a modern facility for commercial use.

London & Cambridge Properties Ltd are a leading independent investment & property management company. They approached us to transform this large industrial unit into a modern facility offering a pristine building for the future.

We faced various project challenges, the first of which was working next to a large Petro-Chem Plant which has very high health and safety requirements surrounding the site.

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The site is next to a busy Post Office distribution centre which meant that traffic management had to play a large role in the construction works.

The project required the removal of a two storey office building within the warehouse and the installation of a new single storey office building as well as the replacement of the existing roof during one of the worst winters on record.

Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock has revealed government plans to boost technology in order to improve further education.

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 Matthew Hancock said:

“Technology is set to transform education over the next decade as much as it has revolutionised the rest of our lives in the past decade. It has huge potential to engage more learners and improve the learning experience.

The FELTAG report shows how we can tackle the obstacles which prevent providers from being able to take full advantage of the technology on offer. As a government, we will do all we can to remove these obstacles and our response highlights this. However, it is for everyone to take ownership of new technology - schools, colleges, and teachers.

I hope that this response will encourage others to develop a vision for the future which exploits the tremendous potential technology can offer to enhance learning. We can harness the power of technology to improve standards of education, and with it realise the potential of millions.”

The aim of FELTAG was to identify the structural and cultural inhibitors to innovation in the use of technology to enhance learning and improve learning outcomes.

£9bn building boom for universities

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A Russel Group study has found that top universities in the UK are planning a spending spree on new buildings and facilities.

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The study which analysed 69 capital projects at the 24 Russell Group Universities found that more than £9 billion will be spent on capital projects between 2012/13 and 2016/17.

The University of Oxford, intends to spend a staggering £1.8 billion on improving libraries and laboratories, and building more student accommodation. Similarly, the University of Cambridge will push £1 billion into building development, the most in its 800-year-old history.

Quest Interiors case study Meng VaultsQuest Interiors transformed the old Victorian Vaults at Imperial College into new meeting rooms for the Business School.

Each Vault had the existing slab removed and
replaced with new at a lower datum.

As the Vaults are situated below street level, the entire area had to be tanked and in order to makeit water tight.

Quest Interiors have worked as a preferred supplier for Imperial College on a number of the properties within their portfolio.

Click here to download the full case study.

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Fast Track Design & Build Project at Reynolds Student Union Bar for Imperial College Medical Students

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Quest Interiors were appointed by Imperial College to complete a Fast Track Design & Build project of the Student Union Bar for the medical students. The Reynolds Bar refurbishment project included developing a design to suit the tight budget and demands of a Student Bar. The Project used new materials such as Bolon to create a strong sense of fun & colour.

Let’s hear it for the Hooplarious Hoopers!

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Tracy Williams of Quest Interiors recently took part in a charity hula hooping fashion show catwalk for Down Syndrome Support Group ‘Stepping Stones’.

To see the "Hooplarious Hoopers" in action, watch the video here:

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Tracy and the “Hooplarious Hoopers” raised £625 for ‘Stepping Stones’ which is an excellent achievement for a fantastic cause.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Quest worked with UCL & Whittington Hospital to develop a new shared facility within the Highgate wing. The project saw the design and build of a new library facility and teaching rooms which spread across two floors within a live building.

PROJECT CHALLENGES

 

The project was fast track which meant a close partnership with the client team was required at all key milestones to ensure the project was a success.

 

One of the main goals of the project was to achieve a Ska Gold rating, which meant that Quest’s lean construction processes were focused from the beginning.

 

Being a refurbishment, it meant every item to be removed or installed need to be vetted to ensure Gold Rating was achieved.

 

Quest Interiors completed the project ahead of schedule and successfully achieved the Ska Gold Rating for the project.

 

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Students expect better facilities

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A Survey suggests that the quality of UK university facilities plays a vital role when students decide on where to study.

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When questioned more than three-quarters of 2,000 students said the facilities at their prospective university influenced their decision.

The library was the most used facility, with overall provision being rated good or excellent by 91%.

Universities recognize that students want good facilities for the fees they pay.

The survey, conducted by One Poll on behalf of the Association of University Directors of Estates (Aude), revealed that 90% of students thought their university buildings were well looked after.

After the library and IT provision, the most used were the sports provision and then the students' union.

Quest Interiors awarded supplier excellence accreditation

We are pleased to announce that Quest Interiors has been awarded the prestigious Achilles BuildingConfidence™ accreditation.

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We successfully reached the standards set out by Achilles UK for the BuildingConfidence™ accreditation following a recent audit by industry-leading auditors.

Achilles developed BuildingConfidence as a supplier pre-qualification and accreditation service for the UK construction industry and it has quickly become recognised as the standard for supplier excellence. Its aim is to create sustainable procurement opportunities for business and reduce risk in the supply chain throughout the industry, and is considered an invaluable tool by many industry-leading clients.

This accolade demonstrates our commitment and vision for the company’s growth and development strategy.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Quest Interiors worked with the client to encase two reception desks within the entrances of the LSE New Academic Building.

PROJECT CHALLENGES

A modern day look with glass panels and clean lines was required to help contain each desk area for the ventilation system to cool in the Summer and heat in the winter.
This project was a real test of fitting accuracy to achieve all LSE expected.

The Finished look exceeded expectations and practically, the design has solved the problem it set out to do.

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We are pleased to announce that we have achieved the SKA Gold Rating for the interior fit-out and design on the Whittington Hospital Highgate Wing Refurbishment in central London

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We were appointed as Refurbishment Contractors and Designers by the Whittington NHS Trust and UCL on a project involving the refurbishment of the Whittington Hospital Highgate Wing.

The SKA Gold Rating Certification came from the UCL Estates Sustainability Team following a Fit-out Sustainability Assessment. UCL were Project Managers and are Accredited Assessors for the SKA Rating scheme.

Operated by RICS, SKA Rating is an environmental assessment tool for sustainable fit-outs. The SKA rating means that we were able to measure 100% of the environmental performance of the fit-out contract. SKA comprises more than a hundred 'good practice' measures covering energy and CO2 emissions, waste, water, materials, pollution, wellbeing and transport.

Specialist Design and Build case study of a high-end residential development at Buckingham gate, London.

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We recently worked closely with HatterWan Architects to design and build a new age interior look within a listed property at Buckingham Gate, London.

Buckingham Gate is a high end residential project situated close to Buckingham Palace. The client specified that the finished outcome of the design and build project should bring a modern, new-age interior that worked alongside the listed features of the property.