As a part of our commitment to sharing knowledge and engaging with clients and partners, we were delighted to attend the UK Semiconductors Conference. The event took place at Sheffield Hallam University City Campus on 10th and 11th July, and was well attended by the UK’s leading academic research groups and commercial organisations. During the event we showcased our cleanroom and containment expertise and highlighted the ways in which this experience can be used to full effect in the semiconductor market. Read more...
It’s not often an opportunity comes along that allows you to use the experience and learning you’ve gained during a 35-year career and apply it in new ways as part of a multi-disciplinary team. That’s exactly what my new role as the new Design Lead for BES Milton Keynes has given me. Just a few weeks into my new role, I’m already part of a collaborative culture unlike any I’ve ever experienced, which has made transitioning from an architectural practice to a specialist in the design and delivery of complex pharma and medical projects much smoother than I’d expected. Read more...
A big thanks to BESA for arranging a fantastic awards evening at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Manchester on Saturday evening celebrating the achievements of the building engineering services sector in the North West of England. Fantastic to see the success of apprentices, who are vital to the future success of the industry and to the businesses in the region. I was really pleased that our investment in training was recognised too, winning the Employer Training Initiative of the Year. Read more...
Lots of companies complain that it’s hard to find good talent and in our specialist sector, it’s certainly true that recruiting ready-made experienced staff can be tough. Consequently, at least part of the answer is to grow your own talent as part of your growth and succession planning strategy.
Over the years, we have assembled an innovative and experienced design team who specialises in front end and feasibility studies for pharmaceutical, life sciences and healthcare projects across the UK. Our team excels in providing regulatory compliant and aesthetically pleasing solutions that are always scrupulously tailored to the budget, time line, and ultimate goals for the project. BES’s front end capability is led by our Principal Architect, Neil Pulman who works with our clients to establish the outline scope and feasibility of a project prior to embarking on the relevant design phases.
Early cancer diagnosis, research and treatment have advanced exponentially in recent years, improving patient outcomes. As our understanding of cancer develops and treatments become increasingly sophisticated, there is a need to custom-prepare medication to meet the specific needs of the patient and their condition. This, in turn, demands increasingly sophisticated production facilities, both in the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector and in hospital environments, where biopharma best practice can provide key learnings for safe, effective and energy-efficient drug preparation suites within the healthcare campus.
To conclude the ‘Meet Our Design Team’ campaign, we would like to present an interview with our BIM Manager, Mike Robinson. Mike is the focal point of development, implementation and monitoring of the use of BIM at BES. His primary responsibility is to manage and coordinate BIM standards on all related projects, files and models. He works closely with the Design Director and Principal Architect to help guide the implementation of BIM improvement strategy across the company and provides training to new staff, as well as updates our existing employees on the latest BIM protocols and procedures. In his interview, Mike explains what he finds exciting about his role and what aspect of his work is the most challenging at the moment.
Ours is a skill- and knowledge-based business so, although our design, engineering and construction teams are highly qualified, we are still investing heavily in training. However, most of our investment is dedicated to leadership and Personal Effectiveness with over 50% of our employees having now undergone our tailored leadership programme.
Medical research has achieved some extraordinary breakthroughs over the past few years and collaboration between clinicians, researchers and the pharmaceutical sector means that effective treatments are improving outcomes for patients faster than ever. The use of HPAPI (high potency active pharmaceutical ingredients), often highly toxic compounds that target unhealthy cells without damaging healthy cells, has become an area of huge potential for innovation.
As a continuation of the ‘Meet our design team’ campaign, we’d like to present a short interview with another key member of BES team, our Architecture Subject Matter Expert, Graham Pomfret. Graham has over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry, initially working for a number of architectural practices in the North West before moving into the pharmaceutical/healthcare sector over 25 years ago. He works closely with clients to develop and finalise the facility layout, material/personnel flows and finishes, and alongside the BES multi-disciplined design team through to construction to ensure that value management and quality assurance processes were applied to the project. Graham has an in-depth knowledge of pharmaceutical and healthcare facilities coupled with a strong technical background in construction.