Leeds Art Gallery – Yorkshire Post & Look North

Leeds Art Gallery has now been opened to the public, following completion of extensive roof repairs by Bermar to the Gallery and Library. A stunning hidden glass vaulted roof (hidden for half a century) was exposed and re-glazed with a bespoke barrel vaulted patent glazed system. The above images show the roof as it was […]


UKAS ISO9001 and ISO14001

Following requests from our Clients, in particular our Framework Clients YORbuild, University of Bradford, Leeds Teaching Hospitals and City of Bradford MDC, we upgraded our Quality and Environmental UKAS certified schemes. Both have been successfully implemented and have recently been externally audited.



We are delighted that we have two new Apprentices starting this year. Matthew Heppleston has worked with us as a labourer since October 2013 and will commence a Carpentry & Joinery Mature Apprenticeship. Daniel Rowe is 16 years old and is starting a Bricklaying Apprenticeship. The photograph features Daniel working at Barkerend Academy, Bradford.


Leeds Library and Art Gallery

The Leeds Art Gallery and Library project is now nearing completion. We handed-over the Art Gallery in April (photographed above) and now the Library is drawing to a successful conclusion.


LABC Award – Bronte House School

Bermar has again been recognised for “their high standards of construction and workmanship” for the Bronte House School project. The works, valued at £1,230,000, consisted of a New Dining Hall, Kitchen and Refurbishment. We won a similar award in 2014 for the conversion of Wakefield Museum (Listed) to the School of Performing Arts for Wakefield […]


Site Safety Poster Competition

Following an assembly on the importance of site safety organised by Bermar Building with the help of ‘Ivor Goodsite’ at Barkerend Academy, all pupils took park in a safety poster design competition.  Each pupil created a poster.  A winner was chosen from each age group.  All winners received a book token.  Congratulations to the overall winners […]


Projects Recently Commenced.

We are pleased to have commenced work on the following projects this month: Music Department Extension – Farnley Academy, Leeds – £470,000 Replacement windows and doors – Airedale Hospital – £400,000 Laboratory works – Crossley Heath School, Halifax – £206,000 The photograph above is of Farnley Academy, Leeds.


Theatre Royal Wakefield

Bermar has been awarded the project for the new-building of the Centre of Creativity at the Theatre Royal. The project is valued at £700,000 and is scheduled for completion at the end of November, 2017. This is our second theatre project in Wakefield in recent years following the award winning conversion of Wakefield Museum to […]


Recently Completed Schemes

Bermar has successfully completed the following schemes in the last few weeks:-  Re-roofing the David Beevers Block and Window replacement to the Geldhow Wing at St James Teaching Hospital, Leeds.  £200,000 and £150,000 respectively.  Re-roofing, Window replacement and Life Safety works at North Halifax Grammar School, Halifax – £1,500,000.  The photograph above shows the window […]


Art Gallery Handed Over

The Art Gallery part of our project at Leeds Art Gallery and Library has been handed over. Work is now proceeding on the Library section of this £2.8m scheme. The building is Grade 1 listed and is scheduled for completion towards the end of 2017.


Considerate Constructors Award

We are proud to announce that we are to receive another National Considerate Constructor Award (the companies third). As part of our ISO 9001 & 14001 qualification we consistently aim for high marks.  Most of our Framework Agreements aim for a high standard. We are particularly pleased that this award was won on a small […]


Women in Engineering

As part of our Leeds Art Gallery project we helped organise a visit to site by eight women engineer students from Leeds University. Emma Nicholson (NPS, Leeds) and Joanne Wellings (Bermar Building) organised the event. Amanda Phillips, Education Officer at Leeds Art Gallery gave a talk on the history and evolution of the Gallery and […]


Current Workload

We currently have 13 projects on site with a total value of £16.5m. Examples are: St James Hospital, Leeds – Three contracts totalling £1m, which include Refurbishment of Endoscope Decontamination Unit, Re-roofing of the David Beevers Wing and Replacement Windows to the Gledhow Wing. Fairbairn House, Leeds University, which includes Alterations and Refurbishment to form […]


Harrogate District Hospital

Bermar has a long history of Public Health projects spanning 30 years. Our latest project has recently commenced at Harrogate District Hospital. This is a £2.1m scheme and features works to the Emergency Department to form an Acceleration Zone, formation of an Endoscopy Unit and Office Alterations to the Briary Wing. The scheme is phased […]


‘Re-Making Leeds’ Trainees Visit Site

‘Re-Making Leeds’ is a three year project which aims to develop the practical heritage skills required to maintain, repair and refurbish pre 1919 heritage buildings in Leeds.  Eighteen of their students enjoyed a visit to our site at Leeds Art Gallery. Amanda Phillips, Education Officer, Leeds Art Gallery, introduced the group to how Leeds Art […]


Materials Talk at Barkerend Primary School

Barkerend Primary School pupils recently enjoyed learning about the different materials being used to build their new classrooms.  Steven Ludkin, Construction Director explained how materials have changed over the years and about all the hidden materials within the buildings i.e. insulation, wires and pipes etc.  The talk ended with a ‘Run-about’ style game and a […]


A great achievement for a great cause.

Sam Hunter a former employee recently took part in the Abbey Dash to raise funds in memory of Sue Dickinson, a close friend and colleague who sadly passed away in July.  Sam, to whom the thought of running had previously been totally alien, decided to set herself a challenge of running the 10k course with […]


Completed Schemes

Recently completed schemes include:- Bronte House School, Apperley Bridge, Bradford – New Dining Hall, Kitchen and Refurbishments – £1,230,000. Ward refurbishments at St James, Teaching Hospital, Leeds – £135,000. Harbourne Centre, Wibsey, Bradford – Extension and Conversion of Elderly Peoples Home to Residential Childrens Home – £1,500,000 The photograph above shows the internal refurbishment at Bronte […]


New Projects

The following projects have recently commenced:- John Smeaton Leisure Centre, Leeds – Retiling of Swimming Pool and Associated Works – £150,000. Barkerend Primary School, Bradford – Extension and Refurbishment Works – £3,225,000. St James Hospital, Leeds – Gynaecology Ward Refurbishment – £500,000. The photograph shown is of John Smeaton Leisure Centre


Sad loss of a valued member of staff

Sue Dickinson, our Liaison Manager, sadly passed away on Saturday 16 July 2016. Her loss will be felt throughout the company and we wish to pass on our deepest sympathy to her family and friends. She has had a lasting effect on Bermar’s culture and the way we respond to our Customers’ needs. Sue was […]


Digger Day at Bronte House School

Steve Ludkin, Construction Director, explains to the pupils of Ashdowns Nursery, Bronte House School about the importance of wearing the correct clothing on site.  The pupils all took a turn in the Digger and enjoyed wearing PPE which Bermar donated to the School.


Leeds Art Gallery & Central Library

Bermar has recently commenced work on the phased roof replacement. The project includes glass, lead and slate roofing, together with rainwater goods, drainage and Mechanical and Engineering services. The client is Leeds City Council with NPS as project managers on this 65 week, £2.8m scheme. This scheme is one of many Grade I and Historic […]


Supporting Circus Starr

Bermar has supported this Charity Event for 25 years. The events are held throughout the country and provide free entertainment for underpriviledged and disabled children. This years local event is at Richard Dunn Sports Centre, Bradford on Friday, 9 September.


Gruelling Cycle Challenge

Rob Moon Managing Director, Steve Ludkin, Contracts Director, and Matt Dickinson Site Manager were invited, along with 26 other cyclists, by Packetts Insurance Brokers to take part in a gruelling 2 day cycle event covering 200 miles. Day 1 involved cycling from Saltaire, through the dales, to Masham – the route approached 100 miles with […]


Health and Wellbeing

Maggie Ashurst, a highly qualified health specialist has been engaged to give a series of talks on health and wellbeing to our workforce. Healthy eating was the first topic covered in the initiative.  Other subjects will be added as the scheme progresses. Sites covered to date are Bradford Academy and Harbourne Centre.  


New Schemes

The following projects have recently commenced:- Harbourne Centre, Buttershaw, Bradford. This is a six month programme and £1.5 million in value.  The scheme comprises of two new residential blocks and the refurbishment of an existing block to form a learning centre. Bronte House School, Apperley Bridge, Bradford.  This £1.2 million project consists of a new […]


YORbuild Framework

The above Framework has recently been re-tendered. We are happy to confirm that Bermar has been retained on the West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire Sectors on this prestigious Construction programme. The picture shown is of Primrose Hill Primary School our latest YORbuild project, further details of Primrose are given below on 11/01/16


Vickers Oil

The above project was featured in the March 10 edition of the Yorkshire Post.  To read the full article click here. Vickers are a high tech oil company, and the new extension described below (22/11/15) has a strong emphasis on cutting edge Green Technology. Features include:- Water source heat pumps – used for the first […]


ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

Bermar is currently updating its Quality and Environmental systems using the UKAS certified system. All our Quality and Environmental systems are being revised and improved where possible to match our clients’ needs. Our Frameworks with YORbuild, University of Bradford, Bradford MDC, Leeds Teaching Hospitals require regular updates to maintain compliance with changing legislation and requirements.


Performance Beyond Compliance

Bermar is proud to be part of the Considerate Constructors Scheme which aims to improve the image of construction.  We consistently score highly and are a Double National Award Winner. We often achieve ‘Performance Beyond Compliance’ at our site reviews, the most recent sites to gain this certification include BBG, University of Bradford, Hendal Primary, Primrose […]


£2.2 million extension and refurbishment

Bermar are currently working on a £2.2 million extension and refurbishment for Leeds City Council at Primrose Hill Primary School, Pudsey. Works include construction of a new Nursery, refurbishment of the existing building and associated external works. The photograph above shows the newly refurbished staff room.


Bermar are pleased to have recently been appointed by Vickers Oils.

The project includes extending an existing warehouse, construction of a new boiler house and a new oil tank farm.  The value of the contract is around £3,000,000. Vickers Oils is a private independent company tracing back to 1828.  They have an excellent reputation as a reliable supplier of high performance, speciality textile oils. Rob Moon, […]


Bermar has recently completed a high profile £2,000,000 project at Heath Training Centre, Halifax.

The Head of Savile Park Primary School said:  “It is so beautiful and we are very grateful.  Thank you for helping to create a fantastic resource for the young people of Halifax”. The work carried out included the remodelling and refurbishment of the existing ground and first floor of Heath Training Centre, a Grade II […]


Recently Completed Projects

In recent weeks Bermar has successfully completed several projects including:- Leeds General Infirmary £200,000 refurbishment of the Outpatients at the Brotherton Wing. University of Bradford £760,000 refurbishment of laboratories, offices and circulation areas for the Faculty of Life sciences. Chequerfield Infant School, Pontefract £670,000 refurbishment of a vacant building to provide a new pupil referral […]


New Schemes

We have recently commenced works on:- Refurbishment of Outpatients at Brotherton Wing, Leeds General Infirmary. This is a 10 week programme and £200,000 in value. BBG Academy, Birkenshaw (pictured). This £800,000 project consists of window replacement and  refurbishment of the main kitchen over a 16 week period.


Primrose Hill Primary School, Pudsey

Pupils from Primrose Hill Primary School, Pudsey are pictured with our Site Manager, Mat Dickinson preparing to install the Golden Bolt (see the previous News Story).


Golden Bolt Award

We regularly work with our Education Clients to encourage pupils to be aware of Site Safety Issues.  The Golden Bolt above was placed in the steel frame at Primrose Hill Primary School, Pudsey by the winners of the Poster Design Competition.


Recently started Education Projects

Three education projects have commenced this month:- University of Bradford, Richmond Building:- £760,000 Refurbishment of Laboratories, Offices and Circulation Areas for the Faculty of Life Sciences. Hendal Primary School, Kettlethorpe  for Wakefield Council:- £920,000 Extension to provide additional teaching space and the replacement of the coal-fired boiler with a modern efficient gas system. Chequerfield Infant […]


Primrose Hill Primary School, Pudsey.

The photograph above shows a Digger Day event which the school used as an Education tool as part of a Transport Appreciation Week – ‘On the move’. A live video link to the school Hall was used by staff members to promote the event. At present we are installing a temporary Service road on to […]


Farrar Lane, Leeds – Sheltered Accommodation

The first phase on the above scheme, which includes full refurbishment, remodelling of domestic accommodation and communal areas, was handed over on 25 March 2015. This project is a 42 week phased project valued at £1.35million for Leeds City Council.


Helmet & Vest donation – St Josephs Catholic Primary School, Pudsey

Pupils aged between 4 to 11 years old took part in a Safety Talk involving Ivor Goodsite on our site at St Josephs Catholic Primary School, Pudsey. This project is a two storey extension to Classrooms and Hall and extensive external works.  The value is £1.3million. Younger pupils were given Helmets and Vests to play […]


Build-a- wall – Robin Hood Primary School

Year six pupils at Robin Hood School (our £1million project involving a one storey Extension, car park and internal refurbishment to classrooms and offices for Leeds City Council) were invited to a Build-a –wall event prior to leaving the school this year.  Each brick laid is signed by the pupil and represents a lasting memory […]



Bermar recently sponsored a match night at Heaton Squash Club, Bradford. The Club First Team were playing Hull & East Riding First Team in the Yorkshire League. Our Construction Director Steven Ludkin played in the match, watched by his father (John).  The photograph features both teams.


University of Bradford, Richmond Building

As part of our University of Bradford Framework, work is nearing completion on the refurbishment of the Richmond Building Level C (£450,000). Works included a high mechanical and electrical content and finishes to a very good standard. This successful project also scored highly on the Considerate Constructor Scheme (38).


Considerate Constructor Scheme

Bermar is a Double National Award Winner under this Scheme and we have recently received the following high scores:- – Sheltered Housing Refurbishment @ Farrar Lane, Adel for Leeds City Council – 38 – University of Bradford Level C Richmond Building Refurbishment – 38 Remarks included:- ‘the level of enthusiasm and involvement on this contract […]


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Pudsey

Bermar has been awarded the above project by Leeds City Council to commence in the New Year. Works include a two storey Extension and refurbishment, with link block, classrooms and staff area.   The £1.3million scheme also includes External works with a new MUGA area.


Heatherstones, Halifax for Connect Housing

The above project was completed this week, following a full refurbishment and reconfiguration to form Assisted Care accommodation. External works and a new buggy store were included in the £600,000 project.


Recent News

After a very busy summer, the following projects have recently been completed:- – Two Storey Extension and new car park at Peel Park Primary School, Bradford (£1.35million). – Two Storey Extension and internal Refurbishment at Southmere Primary school, Bradford (£1.45million). – Two Storey Extension at Rufford Park School, Yeadon, Leeds (£700,000). – Refurbishment of Bridewell […]


University of Bradford – Education Framework

Bermar is pleased to announce that we have been re-appointed on the new Construction Framework for the University of Bradford. This building programme will last four years and we look forward to playing our part in its continuing success.


Ashbrow Primary School, Huddersfield

The scheme was successfully completed on time and to budget.  Works included two extensions to the Junior School and one to the Infants, including some internal refurbishment and external works.  The £590,000 project was part of the Kirklees Metropolitan Council Capital Works Framework.  The photograph shows a ‘build a wall’ event during construction.