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Sir Henry Royce

We told you we had some exciting news to share….well here it is! Our next project – The Sir Henry Royce Building.

Located at the heart of the University of Manchester’s Engineering Campus, the 16,000 square metre building will house world-leading materials scientists, state-of-the-art equipment and collaborative space for industrial and academic engagement.

‘The Royce’ will enable the UK to grow its world-leading research and innovation base in advanced materials technology that underpins all industrial sectors. The building design is intended to allow ‘Science on Show’ – areas of the building visible to engage people outside – while also providing confidential spaces for commercially sensitive research.

We can’t wait to see the building develop over the next 14 months – watch this space!

In for a shout!

Whilst working on the Graphene Engineering & Innovation Centre at the University of Manchester, we were delighted to find out we were shortlisted for the ‘Vendor of the Year 2017’ award from Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick, who cover the whole of the UK.

Whilst we unfortunately didn’t win the title, to even be in the running with big names such as Edmundson’s, Hilti & Schneider, was an honour, and a well deserved pat on the back for all involved. It goes to show the works being carried out on site by SBE are always, from the outset of a project and throughout, to the highest of standards. 

New beginnings

An exciting new project for SBE, right in the heart of our City.

A second centre for research into the “wonder-material” graphene is under construction, and the £60m project, the ‘Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre’, is to be located at the University of Manchester. Whilst our time on site may have just begun, there is already such a ‘buzz’ around the project.

For those of you, like us, who had no idea what Graphene was, here is a little insight.

Graphene is the world’s first 2D material, and since its isolation in 2004, has captured the attention of scientists, researchers and industries worldwide. There are so many potential benefits to this new ‘wonder material’. Graphene membranes could see huge progress in water purification technology in developing countries, and electronics & energy storage could also be revolutionised. These are the future technologies which are becoming realistic in our present, and we couldn’t be happier to be involved in such an exciting and innovative project.

Now we don’t know about you, but everyone here at SBE can’t wait to see the building as it develops, and albeit a while off, on final completion.

We will keep you posted!

Achilles accredited

We are pleased to announce we are now fully accredited Achilles members.

Undertaking the rigorous qualification process, achieving full certification on the Achilles approved suppliers list, ensures clients that industry standards are met, and often exceeded. Clients can feel confident in the fact that all necessary processes and policies are in place and followed by all involved.

Manchester Crown Courts

We have recently started on site, refurbishing three of the courts in the City Centre court house, with an estimated nine month programme of works. The three courts in mention, are amongst live courts still in daily use, meaning we must ensure minimal disruption to daily activities.

A full electrical installation will be undertaken by SBE, modernising the courts in the process.

We will keep you posted on our progress!

George Eliot Endoscopy

With a new endoscopy unit at George Eliot Hospital (Nuneaton, Leicester) being installed in a live hospital environment, it required us to work closely with other trades on site – minimal disruption to the surrounding areas was essential in this install.

The project consisted of both an endoscopy and bronchoscopy treatment room, recovery areas and decontamination and clean areas.

SBE installed all small power, lighting and fire alarm throughout, with IPS/UPS systems also put in place.

With a total of 12 weeks on site, drawing to a close in December 2016, the install was completed to our usual high standards, receiving positive feedback from both the main contractor, and hospital trust.

Cotton Building Completion

Our time on site, in the heart of Manchester City Centre, has come to a close – the ten storey, multi-functional development has been handed over to the builder having now been completed.

The 190,000ft2 building, also known as the XYZ Building, is just another major project we have delivered, demonstrating our commitment to close engagement with clients and a clear understanding of their requirements.

With talk of XYZ being ‘one of the most exciting work spaces Manchester has ever seen’, and all offices having been fully let a year before opening, SBE have been part of the next phase of Spinningfields’ evolution.

Salford Schools

With the new school term fast approaching, SBE were awarded a contract to carry out the electrical installation on three separate schools across Salford, Manchester.

New classroom accommodation, fitted with specialist teaching walls, are being provided to meet the new intake of pupils for the upcoming academic year. SBE were appointed to install all small power and lighting throughout the new extensions. Specialist lighting control systems have also been designed for each school, meeting the clients specific requirements.

The friars, a single storey primary school, has had 2 additional classrooms built, as well as breakout area, with the larger of the schools, Lark Hill, consisting of 8 new classrooms (plus breakout area) across a two storey extension. St Pauls primary school required 6 new classrooms and breakout area.

All three schools are scheduled, and on course, for use at the start of the September term.


Blackpool Victoria – Maternity Theatre

Blackpool Victoria - Maternity Theatre

SBE were awarded a contract at Blackpool Teaching Hospital to provide an additional operating theatre in early 2016. The refurbishment is to take place within the maternity area of the hospital, forming a new theatre and dirty utility, with additional works to existing facilities.

As the Trust require the existing theatre to be in use while works are being carried out, a phasing plan has been put in place in order to reduce disruption to the department.

SBE are currently on site, with an estimated completion date of July 2016.

Wrightington completion, back to school for SBE

SBE have recently completed the electrical installation of the  two theatre Wrightington project for MTX.  Working for MTX as the main contractor the job was handed over to the client within the project time frame.

SBE have now started the electrical contract for the  renovation of nine classrooms and  one multifunctional area at Hazel Grove primary school working for Thomas Barnes, the project is to run until August 2013.

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