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Christmas Wishes from all of us at bluesky

Instead of sending out Christmas cards this year, we will be making a donation to our corporate charity of 2014, Francis House Children’s Hospice. Francis House is a local hospice near to us in Stockport and provides care for children and young adults with life threatening conditions and also p...

16/12/14
bluesky takes on six new free school design projects

bluesky is delighted to announce it will be designing a further six free schools thanks to successful bids in partnership with off-site construction company McAvoy. The majority have been submitted for planning and all should be complete and open by the end of 2015. Walthamstow Primary Academy...

03/12/14
Two new bluesky-designed medical centres are now complete

We are delighted to confirm that  two bluesky designed new-build health schemes  have reached practical completion and have been handed over to our clients. bluesky provided integrated architectural, environmental and M&E services for Delph Surgery and Hollinwood Medical Practice and is proud ...

14/08/14
bluesky Wins New Academy Bid in Poole

bluesky has won a contract to design a new academy in Poole in Dorset, Fourways Junior School. The school will be a brand new three form entry junior school with 360 pupils; it is just under 1900m2 in total floor area, accommodated in a part two-storey, part single-storey block The new build p...

31/03/14
Penrith Community Fire Station Shortlisted for RICS Award

The bluesky-designed Penrith Community Fire Station has been shortlisted for a regional North West RICS Award (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) under the Community Benefit category. bluesky was part of the successful consortium for the provision of 16 new community fire stations procured...

10/02/14
First Wave of Free School Projects Now Complete

The first wave of free school projects designed by bluesky are now complete and open to students. Churchill Special Free School in Haverhill, Grindon Hall Christian School in Sunderland, NAS Thames Valley School in Reading and Krishna Avanti Primary School in Harrow all completed construction at the...

10/02/14
bluesky Receives Investors in People Bronze Award

bluesky is delighted to announce it has received an Investors in People Bronze Award, showing our commitment to our employees by recognising their value in our organisation. The Investors in People award is a national UK framework that helps organisations demonstrate the value of their employees ...

13/01/14
Christmas Wishes From All Of As At bluesky

Instead of sending out Christmas cards this year, we will be making a donation to our 2013 charity of the year, Willow Wood Hospice. Every year our staff vote for a local charity to support throughout the year. Willow Wood Hospice in  Ashton-under-Lyne in Lancashire, is close to many of our h...

19/12/13
bluesky Designs Two New Health Centres in Oldham

Two new medical centres in Oldham have received the go ahead to start construction, with both due to open in summer 2014. The bluesky designed facilities, Hollinwood Medical Practice and Delph Medical Centre, will provide GP services to local patients. bluesky is providing integrated architectura...

01/10/13
NAS Thames Valley Free School for Autistic Children

Work is underway to construct the NAS Thames Valley Free School which is due to open on 16th September 2013. NAS Thames Valley is a free school for autistic pupils aged 5 to 16. The school is designed by bluesky and is being constructed by off-site construction company, McAvoy. The school has ...

19/08/13
bluesky Partners With McAvoy to Develop 12 New Free Schools

bluesky has partnered with off-site construction company McAvoy to develop cost effective off-site construction solutions for permanent school buildings across England. This partnership has successfully bid for and won three contracts with the Education Funding Agency to deliver 12 schools over the ...

10/06/13
Darnall Primary Care Centre and Norfolk Park Health Centre Shortlisted for Regional RICS Award

Darnall Primary Care Centre and Norfolk Park Health Centre in Sheffield have been shortlisted for the regional RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Awards Pro-Yorkshire 2013 under the Community Benefit category. The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational regional initiatives and d...

06/03/13
bluesky Director Named Architect Of The Year

bluesky Director, Alison Quinn, has been named Architect of the Year at the Women in Construction Awards 2013, a showcase for the brightest and best female achievers in the construction industry. Alison has been recognised for her innovative designs that are environmentally responsible and financ...

06/03/13
bluesky Director Shortlisted For Architect Of The Year

bluesky Director, Alison Quinn, has been shortlisted for Architect of the Year at the Women in Construction Awards 2013, a showcase for the brightest and the best female achievers in the construction industry. Alison has been recognised for her innovative design solutions which support sustainabl...

31/01/13
Christmas Wishes From bluesky

Instead of sending out Christmas  cards this year, we’ll be making a donation to two worthy charities;  Helping Hands Trust and Willow Wood Hospice. However, we’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and happy New Year from all of us at bluesky. We look forw...

17/12/12
Official Opening For The Flowers Health Centre

The bluesky designed Flowers Health Centre celebrated its official opening on Thursday 13th December with an open day event for staff, patients and the local community. Official opening duties were performed by Councillor Alan Law who cut a ribbon to officially declare the centre open. Developed ...

17/12/12
Norfolk Park Health Centre Officially Opens its Doors

The new Norfolk Park Health Centre in Sheffield officially opened to the public on Saturday 17th November. bluesky provided integrated architectural, environmental sustainability and engineering solutions for the project, creating a state of the art building for the Norfolk Park community. The...

23/11/12
bluesky Designed Health Centre Receives Go-Ahead

A new health centre in Torpoint, Cornwall received planning approval on 5th September. The bluesky designed facility will provide GP services, local primary and community healthcare services, ambulance services and a pharmacy, replacing current outdated premises. This is the sixth LIFT developmen...

04/10/12
bluesky Works With Stormsaver on LIFT Projects

Click here to read how bluesky worked with rainwater harvesting company Stormsaver to develop water saving solutions for four health centre projects in Sheffield....

20/09/12
bluesky Wins Place on Environmental Consultancy Framework

bluesky has been successful in its bid to win a place on the Low Carbon e-Marketplace for Resource Efficient Consultancy Services framework. The framework has been established by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce for the use of its members and other organisations within the Greater Manch...

14/05/12
bluesky Wins Place on NHS Architectural Services Framework

bluesky is delighted to have won a place on a framework for the provision of architectural services to NHS Shared Business Services. The framework will provide services to NHS bodies, NHS trusts and other contracting authorities, local authorities and public bodies or government departments....

10/05/12
Werneth Primary Care Centre Highly Commended in Regional RICS Awards

The bluesky designed Werneth Primary Care Centre has been highly commended in the RICS North West Awards. The award was presented at a ceremony on 3rd May at Lancashire County Cricket Club. The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, co...

10/05/12
Werneth Primary Care Centre Shortlisted in Partnerships Awards

Werneth Primary Care Centre has been shortlisted for yet another prestigious award to add to the three it has already been shortlisted for.The bluesky designed building has been shortlisted in the Partnerships Awards ‘Best Sustainability in a Project’ category, which recognises outstanding susta...

03/04/12
Werneth Primary Care Centre Shortlisted in Greenbuild Awards

Werneth Primary Care Centre has been shortlisted for another award this week – the Greenbuild Awards recognise excellence in sustainable buildings, with a particular focus on those projects that can illustrate an understanding of the importance of building performance in use.Werneth Primary Care C...

05/03/12
Fitton Hill Neighbourhood Centre Opens

The new Fitton Hill Neighbourhood Centre opened today, providing new state-of-the-art library and youth centre facilities for the local community. bluesky provided integrated architectural, environmental sustainability and engineering solutions for the project, delivering an innovative and inspiring...

28/02/12
Werneth Primary Centre Shortlisted in BCIA Awards

Werneth Primary Care Centre has been shortlisted in the Building Controls Industry Association Awards 2012, which celebrate excellence in the building controls industry.The centre is a finalist in the ‘Technical Innovation of the Year – Projects’ category which is awarded to the project that h...

27/02/12
Werneth Primary Care Centre Shortlisted in Regional RICS Awards

Werneth Primary Care Centre has been announced as one of the shortlisted developments in the RICS North West Awards 2012 in the Infrastructure category, which recognises projects that deliver essential facilities and services. bluesky provided a fully integrated service of architectural design, envi...

23/02/12
bluesky Helps Eric Wright Construction Achieve BREEAM Excellent

Two recently completed primary healthcare centres have achieved a design stage BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ following design guidance and assessment from bluesky. Barbara Castle Way Health Centre in Blackburn is a £21m development providing a range of health and social services. Rossendale Hea...

11/01/12
Patterdale Fire Station Officially Opens

Patterdale Fire Station was officially opened on 15th December by the Chief Fire Officer of Cumbria. The station is the first of 16 community fire stations being developed across Cumbria, Lancashire and Merseyside as part of the North West Fire and Rescue Authority PFI project. bluesky is the archi...

20/12/11
bluesky Urbanathletes Fundraising for Helping Hands Trust

Members of the bluesky team are taking part in this year’s winter 5k Urbanathlon event in Manchester on 27th November 2011 at Platt Fields Park, Rusholme.To add even more excitement to what will be a challenging event, our three teams: ‘Who’s Idea Was This?’, ‘Destructive Divas’ and...

09/11/11
Waterside Health and Wellbeing Centre, Blackburn Opens to the Public

John Dickinson of bluesky architects was one of a number of guests invited to the official opening ceremony of the Waterside Health and Wellbeing Centre on Infirmary Street, Blackburn on 8th July 2011.The health facility was opened by Rt Hon Jack Straw MP who has been Blackburn’s MP since 1979 and...

08/07/11
A Sensory Success Story!

bluesky was proud to be involved in a local community renovation project as part of the nationwide Give and Gain Day initiative on 24th June 2011. A number of bluesky staff volunteered their time to plan, create and decorate a sensory room at Oldham Children’s Society office in Holts Village, Oldh...

27/06/11
bluesky Specialists to Present at Greenbuild Expo Conference

bluesky environmental are now confirmed as speakers at the Greenbuild Expo conference in Manchester, 29th June 2011 at 1.15pm. The session will focus on our experience and expertise in designing sustainable healthcare buildings.  Speakers Andy Brunt and Gareth Bennell will cover key aspects o...

23/06/11
Greenbuild Expo 29th-30th June 2011, Manchester Central, Stand B19

bluesky will be sharing their knowledge, vision and recommendations at the Greenbuild Expo on the 29th and 30th June 2011 on the following issues: § how to optimise the environmental sustainability performance of new build and refurbishment projects, § how to meet the challenges and cover all asp...

22/06/11
Green with Envy…bluesky parent company announced as 39th ‘Best Green Company’ by The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times yesterday published their top 60 best green companies list for 2011 with first time entrant Equity Solutions, bluesky’s parent company, taking the 39th spot in the overall rating and 5th place in the category “Small companies (50-249 employees) with low environmental impact”. ...

13/06/11
bluesky architects present the new Blackburn Health Centre to Lord Shuttleworth

John Dickinson of bluesky architects along with Paul Hopley of NHS Blackburn with Darwen, had the great pleasure of escourting The Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, The Lord Shuttleworth KCVO of Leck Hall around the new Blackburn Health Centre on Simmons Street, Blackburn.The £21million health develop...

13/06/11
bluesky implements the REVIT programme that provides BIM capability

“The Government’s chief construction advisor Paul Morrell has indicated that Building Information Modelling (BIM) will be rolled out on public construction projects over the next five years. A five year programme will be announced in June. The suggested construction cost threshold of £50m Morre...

10/06/11
bluesky environmental held a Seminar to Discuss our Approach to Whole Life Costing

The lunch briefing took place on the 10th June in the bluesky head office bluesky environmental has developed an innovative new approach to Whole Life Costing which can support and add value to sustainable building design process and other activities. This comprehensive and flexible methodol...

10/06/11
Three Blue Sky Projects Shortlisted for National Partnerships Bulletin Awards

Blue Sky has had three LIFT developments, which they provided full integrated design services for, shortlisted for the 2011 National Partnerships Bulletin Awards. These awards reward the joint efforts of public and private sector partners to improve community services. Best Designed Project Doubl...

01/04/11
Blue Sky to Guest Lecture at University of Leeds

Gareth Bennell, Sustainability Consultant with Blue Sky Environmental, has been invited to give a lecture to MSc students at the University of Leeds later this month. The students are studying for an MSc in Sustainability (Environmental Consultancy) and Gareth will be lecturing on lifecycle costing...

08/03/11
Blue Sky Re-appointed to NHS Consortium

Blue Sky Architects is pleased to have been re-appointed to the North West Consortium of NHS Trusts. The consortium maintains and manages, on behalf of all its members, approved lists of contractors and consultants for services related to both construction and maintenance works for the NHS and its...

07/03/11
Financial Close Reached on North West Fire Project

After a very prolonged preferred bidder period, almost 12 months, Balfour Beatty Fire and Rescue have reached financial close on a project to develop 16 new community fire stations for three North West fire and rescue authorities – Merseyside, Lancashire and Cumbria. Blue Sky Architects, architec...

23/02/11
blue sky environmental paper published on IEMA website

Following blue sky environmental’s presentation of their paper on the ICECAP whole life costing model at the IEMA Knowledge Exchange event, IEMA have now published the paper on their website. The paper is available to view at: http://www.iema.net/conferences/knowledge_exchange/2011/papers &nb...

04/02/11
blue sky environmental presenting ICECAP at IEMA event

blue sky environmental will be presenting a paper on our whole life cost model (ICECAP) and associated findings on 19th January 2011 at the Kings House Conference Centre in Manchester at the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)'s Knowledge Exchange event.  This event prov...

21/12/10
blue sky environmental report published

Primary care could save more than £47 million over the next five years through the adoption of better energy efficiency, according to a new industry report commissioned by the LIFT Council, the representative body for organisations involved in local improvement finance trusts and written by blue sk...

29/11/10
blue sky designs £2.6m care centre in Accrington

A 46 bedroom care centre, designed by blue sky architects, is being constructed on behalf of Springhill Care to provide specialist dementia care in Accrington.Work on the development, which also includes a number of green-energy initiatives, will start shortly and construction is expected to take 44...

24/11/10
blue sky meet with Interhabs UK & Canadian Government representative

John Pickup and Gareth Bennell of blue sky entertained Oliver Drerup, representative of the Canadian Government on Wednesday afternoon at the blue sky head office.  Oliver was accompanied by John Mather Managing Director of Interhabs UK.  The meeting was a continuation of discussion...

04/11/10
Associate Membership of IEMA

Two members of blue sky environmental staff have successfully completed their assessment to attain Associate Membership of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA). IEMA is the professional membership body for promoting best practice standards in environmental management, ...

07/10/10
blue sky director takes part in RIBA debate

blue sky director, John Pickup, took part in a RIBA North West debate recently on the subject ‘Do we need to re-assess the traditional practice of architecture?’ John is a RIBA Client Design Advisor and sits on the RIBA North West Region Practices Committee and was invited to take part along wit...

06/10/10
blue sky designed health and wellbeing centre opens

Royton Health and Wellbeing Centre, due to open in October, brings together a number of healthcare services under one roof to provide a one-stop facility for around 22,000 patients. The long-term vision for this centre is to bring together health and leisure services integrated over two phases, wit...

04/10/10
blue sky designed buildings achieve ‘A’ rated energy performance certificates

Two blue sky designed LIFT developments - Chadderton Wellbeing Centre and the Oldham Integrated Care Centre - have achieved highly coveted ‘A’ rated energy performance certificates. This rating was achieved by the range of sustainable features incorporated in the design of the buildings. The un...

24/09/10
blue sky achieves ISO 14001

blue sky parent company, Equity Solutions, takes its responsibility to manage our businesses in an environmentally responsible manner very seriously and we have demonstrated this commitment by developing an Environmental Management System (EMS) according to the ISO 14001 standard. We were successful...

14/09/10
LIFT accelerated project delivery keeps blue sky busy

blue sky architects is working with Community 1st on a number of LIFT schemes in Oldham, Sheffield and Cornwall. An accelerated project delivery programme has seen eight planning applications submitted in the last two months, with two of these already approved. All of these schemes should begin cons...

08/09/09