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BECK deliver the Robots exhibition at Science Museum London

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On 8 February 2017, Science Museum revealed the remarkable 500-year history of robots in a new exhibition. The exhibition explores our quest to recreate human in a mechanised form and narrates the story of humanoid robots.

Following the success of Information Age Gallery in 2015, BECK are privileged to be working with Science Museum once again to deliver this prestigious project, undertaking the role of Principal Contractor, alongside the design team, Drinkall Dean.

BECK were responsible for design, fabrication and installation of all setworks, showcases and graphic elements. We were also responsible for supply, installation and commissioning of all electrical and lighting equipment and components, and co-ordination and integration of all AV hardware.

The Robots touring exhibition will run until September 2017 before it begins its tour in Manchester and then Scotland, before traveling to Australia and Asia.

BECK’s latest project in Kuwait

BECK’s latest project in Kuwait caught on a drone camera by a member of public.

The Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre (SZDLC) was opened on 10 October 2016 by Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed, Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council.

“The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s strong connection with the desert contributed to the formation of his emotional and cultural heritage, and SZDLC reflects this unique relationship,” he said during the opening ceremony.

SZDLC has five interactive galleries: Sheikh Zayed Tribute Hall, Abu Dhabi Desert Over Time, Abu Dhabi’s Living World, Looking to the Future and People of the Desert, all designed by interpretation and exhibition designer, AldrichPears Associates.

The project has been described as the UAE’s first sustainable building and was the first to achieve a Five Pearl rating from ESTIDAMA.

BECK were commissioned to undertake the exhibition fit out which included pre-fabricated joinery designed to replicate sand dune formations using multiple layers of plywood with integrated interactives, graphics and sculptures. We were also responsible for the delivery of three individual theatres within SZDLC as well as, a cave replica depicting the local caves of Jebel Hafeet.

We were challenged with providing a wide variety of animal and bird sculptures without the use of furs and feathers due to the nature of the project and, successfully delivered in excess of 100 species using specialist airbrush and painting.

Al Ain Zoo Director General, Ghanim Al Hajeri said the philosophy of sustainability and conservation guided the project from its beginning, with 92% of construction waste either recycled, reused or reduced.

“The centre will educate visitors about the importance of sustainability and preserving resources,” Mr Al Hajeri said, adding that it reflects the history of the desert environment and the human adaptation to this nature. It is also an ideal model of environmentally-friendly buildings that use sustainable techniques.

The project has achieved a unique position in modern interactive education, reaching out to visitors of all ages, and BECK are proud to be part of the team delivering the project…

Lion Salt Works Museum won the NLA’s Heritage Project 2016

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BECK are delighted our project, Lion Salt Works Museum has won the National Lottery Award’s ‘Heritage Project 2016’. Almost 6,000 people voted for Lion Salt Works in this year’s National Lottery Awards – the annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery funded projects. We have won the Best Heritage project prize. The incredible standard of the short listed projects makes this even more of an achievement!

This is an astonishing feat and an immensely proud moment for the Museum, the project team, and all those who were involved in the project.

We want to say thank you for your amazing support in helping us win this. Thanks to your hard work and energy in promoting the VOTE LSW campaign!

BECK competes in JLL Property Triathlon 2016

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Huge congratulations to Ian who took part in the JLL property triathlon 2016. Now in its 10th year, the triathlon is firmly established as one of the UK’s top five largest. Completing the course of Swim(750m) → Bike(21.2km) → Run(5km) in 1:09:11 and competing against 1,000+ participants, Ian finished in an impressive 8th place in the individual sprint! A fantastic achievement – well done Ian!

EHDA 2016 shortlist announced

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BECK are delighted to announce The Lanesborough has been shortlisted in this year’s European Hotel Design awards under the Interior Design categories for best Bar, Event Space and Suite. BECK worked alongside Alberto Pinto Interior Design and lead architects ReardonSmith to undertake the refurbishment of this iconic hotel. The results will be announced in November at the awards ceremony being held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London.

BECK are back in Asia, as the fit out contractor for the Brunei Islamic Museum

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Following a brief hiatus in working in Asia, BECK have secured the prestigious Balai Pameran Islam Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (BPIS) project, also known as the Brunei Islamic Museum.

BECK have been appointed as the Museum Fit Out Contractor to construct and install the new Museum, which is designed by the world renowned Pei Partnership Architects.

The new Museum will create nine Islamic exhibition galleries and related ancillary areas, which are designed by exhibition designers Jasper Jacob Associates. The Museum will be a truly international Islamic heritage centre that will continue to build on and conserve its collections, be a research and educational facility and spread its findings to the Ummah and mankind.

We are certainly proud to be working in Asia again!

Ten exhibition galleries for the newly redeveloped National Museum of Scotland

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On Friday 8 July 2016, the newly revamped National Museum of Scotland (NMos) opened its new galleries to the public. The opening took place during the museum’s 150th anniversary year.

The £14.1m redevelopment project will see ten new exhibition galleries dedicated to science, technology, art design and fashion, where National Museums Scotland will display their outstanding collections of science and technology, and decorative art, fashion and design.

Following the success at the relaunch of the National Museum of Scotland in June 2011, BECK is privileged to be part of the team once again to deliver this prestigious project, undertaking the role of Exhibition Fit Out Contractor, alongside the design team, Metaphor.

Stephen Greenberg, Director of Metaphor says, “We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our working partnership with the BECK team on this project – We’ve worked with them on previous occasions, it is always rewarding as they do their best to realise the design meets the client’s needs”

“We are extremely pleased to be part of the team once again at the National Museum of Scotland and to continue to work within our iconic National Museums,” said Graham Wakeford, BECK Managing Director. “As I have said on many occasions, we always maintain our passion for the ‘Best of British’ projects; to be working at the National Museum of Scotland once again, is truly an honour. I think this demonstrates the confidence the Client team have in BECK’s quality and service, and of course as ever, it is not just BECK, it is the entire team including the skilled personnel at the museum, the conservators and all the curatorial team along with the experienced direction from the Museum themselves.

BECK delivers the joinery for Tate Modern’s new extension

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The long-anticipated extension to Tate Modern is triumphant – Londoners have been watching the project unfold for years and so have we…

Tate Modern’s long awaited new building opened to the public on 17 June 2016. BECK were pleased to be part of the team, working with the Swiss architecture practice Herzog & de Meuron to deliver the joinery works for the project.

The extension has been an opportunity for the museum to present completely new collection displays across the galleries in the original building (now called the Boiler House) and those in the Switch House.

BECK manufactured the joinery works in house, as well as working with specialist contractors to deliver the iconic project.

Ahmad Al-Jaber Oil & Gas Exhibition

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BECK are thrilled to deliver the Ahmad Al-Jaber Oil and Gas museum (KOC), which was handed over to Kuwait Oil Company earlier this Summer. This highly interactive museum, opening in Autumn 2016, is designed by Event Communications. Centred on the nation’s heroic story of oil, the exhibition narrates the country’s oil industry and its connection with both history and modern life. The Centre holds some truly exquisite displays and exhibits and, without any doubt, is the region’s Jewel in the Crown.

BECK were commissioned late on to complete the museum, undertaking both the role of construction manager, prefabrication and installation of all setwork exhibits and the commission of specialist sub contractors.

The Ahmad Al-Jaber Oil and Gas museum not only identifies the international reach of BECK and its unrivalled experience in managing and delivering projects in the Middle East region but the significance of British companies; from our world class designers and project managers such as Event, to audio visual, lighting, display case, model makers, interactive and graphic production specialists who are central to delivering many of the major museums around the world.