Field Studies Council - Blencathra Residential centre


Field Studies Council, FSC, is an environmental education charity providing informative and enjoyable opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to discover, explore, and understand the environment.  FSC is an independent charity receiving no core revenue funding from statutory sources and we therefore rely on fees paid by visitors and on the generosity of donors, trust funds and grant bodies to finance our activities.

Project Work

The site was purchased in 2013 by the FSC and substantial improvement has been made to the building infrastructure as part of the renewable energy project, including a comprehensive district heating system, door and window retrofit and insulation. These unique buildings provide field courses for schools and universities at all levels as well as courses for individuals and families. It is primarily a residential Centre with increasing numbers of day visitors partly as a result of a close working relationship with the YHA.

Bell Group delivered full internal refurbishment of existing residential building including remodelling of bedrooms to maximise space, formation of en-suite bathrooms, design and installation of commercial kitchen, upgrade toilets, lounges, full rewire of property to fit with the renewable energy requirements, upgrade of plumbing installation and fire alarm system, new flooring, full internal decoration.

Type of Works:

•    Full internal strip out of all rooms in building
•    Remodelling of existing rooms to form en-suite accommodation
•    Remodelling of existing kitchen / dining area
•    Full strip out and refurbishment of existing male / female toilets
•    Internal / external underground drainage alterations to suit new en-suite rooms
•    Full design and installation of new electrical and plumbing installations
•    Full design and installation of fire alarm system
•    Full installation of internal floor finishes inc Karndean, vinyl, carpet
•    Full internal decoration inc Muraspec wall coverings, wet wall shower panelling
•    Refurbishment of existing sliding sash windows
•    Refurbishment of existing period external doors