Building Schools for the Future: Darwen Vale

Bespoke Complete Services were the chosen manufacturer to supply the doors and doorsets as part of the Building Schools for the Future scheme. The contractor Balfour Beatty is well known and with the project being the refurbishment and new build of Darwen Vale, Darwen they chose local produce for the local community.

For those who do not know the Building Schools for the Future programme or scheme was an idea brought in by Labour Government. Their plan was to cost around �55bn and would involve rebuilding every single secondary school in England.

The grand plan was announced in 2004 by Tony Blair and it was about inspiring children to want to learn. They wanted to initiate a change in the education system through providing inspirational buildings making them feel valued and worthwhile.

Kitting these schools out with the latest technologies and items suitable to bring the schools into the 21st century it would involve state of the art computer suits and would completely change the traditional idea of a school.

Ideas such as wi-fi hubs where children could learn rather than sitting in rows of desks were brought up and plans were made. Now some of the schools are being rebuilt and refurbished as part of this scheme and Bespoke Complete Services are lucky to be involved.

In total over 250 doorsets with various applications including NFR, FD30, FD60 and even some acoustic doorsets up to 35db were required. The doorsets are going to be manufactured with a Formica high pressure laminate face; in addition they will be hardwood lipped on all four edges.

All these doors are going to be pre-hung in the factory and some of them will feature vision panels which will also be inserted within our factory. These vision panels will then be glazed with a range of clear glass which will meet the ever demanding fire and acoustic performance criteria.

Bespoke Complete Services offered Balfour Beatty something a little bit extra. As these doors were being supplied to a school it was obvious that they would be susceptible to much wear and tear. With this in mind we actually supplied the doors fitted with door edge protectors to help keep them in better condition for longer.

If you have a large scale project or are involved with the Building Schools for the Future scheme and you require doors and doorsets in various applications then you need to come to Bespoke Complete Services. We are hoping to be involved in a lot more of the Building Schools for the Future schemes.

For more information then please contact us on 01254 777142 or email

How Does a Fire Door Work?

Fire doors are provided in a doorset assembly which will include the fire door, frame and other needed pieces. It can offer many safety benefits to a building.

Fire doors are designed to be kept closed at all times. However, some fire doors are designed to stay open and then close automatically if there should happen to be a fire. Whichever doorset is used, there should never be a door stop that could restrict the door’s movement.

The fire door works by helping to restrict the access of more oxygen and slows smoke from spreading further throughout the building. Fire doors greatly increase the time people have to escape and help keep the fire contained which enables firefighters and sprinklers to quench the fire more easily.

Fire doors are made with non-flammable materials, generally the outside of the door is made of metal or wood and then on the inside you will find a bespoke particleboard core and other fillers. The fire door core will have passed the industry’s rigorous fire / mechanical & acoustic test standards and be subjected to independent third party certification which is the highest form of endorsement a product can achieve.

Fire doors are often rated and tested to withstand a fire for a specified period of time. Here at bcs-l we can offer an array of fire doors, choices in respect of fire doors rating (FD30 up to FD120) which provide up to 120 minutes of protection, any finish (paint grade or veneer), variety of aperture shapes and sizes with a choice of glass type as appropriate for the application, including a variation in the bead type (flush or cloak).

If you have any questions or are interested in receiving a quote please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Veneered Fire Doors For Lancashire Hotel Holiday Homes

Recently Bespoke Complete Services were contacted by a hotel which required five fire doors following an accidental fire which spead causing damage to five of their holiday homes. The fire which broke out after a hotel guest threw a lit cigarette into a waste paper bin and then went out without realising left five of the hotel holiday homes damaged.

As part of the refurbishment of these five holiday homes there was a requirement for five fire doors which would be used for the main entrance to the rooms and then a further five veneered doors for use inside the rooms which separated the sleeping area and lounges from the bathroom. The entrance doors were chosen in White Oak and a stained glass panel added.

Originally the hotel based in Lancashire had hired another door manufacturer but they had a problem with getting the door servicing complete in the time scale which was required as they didn’t do this in house they had to send the doors to other companies for various other features to be applied such as vision panels, ironmongery preparation and other requirements.

Every part of the door manufacturing process with Bespoke Complete Services is carried out in our factory and we do not have to send our doors away for servicing or any other processes. This means that we are able to offer a number of doors for your project on time so your project is not delayed. These doors needed ironmongery preparation for items such as door numbers, handles and locks and this was done easily by one of our highly skilled joiners.

If you have a requirement for doors in a hurry; maybe you have been let down and your contract is in jeopardy? If this is you then contact Bespoke Complete Services. Our doors when finished simply speak for themselves.

For more information then please call us on 01254 777142 or email