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
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 a caring woman. Her sense of duty to the more vulnerable came not only from the job that she did but from a genuine desire for a more caring world.
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.
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 Building refurbishments undertaken in West Yorkshire, over a 40 year period.
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.
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 over 9000ft of climbing, including Lofthouse Climb (the lungbuster) which is 4.5km long and includes a gradient of over 20%.
The only light at the end of the tunnel was a night at Theakston’s brewery, this was a steady affair having to do it all again the next day.
Day 2 had slightly less hills but was still over 100 miles back through the Vale of York returning to Valley Parade, Bradford, the home of the chosen charity, One in a Million.
One in a Million are a fantastic local charity helping children throughout Bradford please see
If you would like to sponsor them for this massive achievement, please use the link below.
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.
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 Dining Hall, Kitchen and external refurbishments.
The photograph above is the architects impression of the new Dining Hall at Bronte House.
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
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.
The whole scheme has been designed and constructed to reduce environmental impacts.
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.
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 Hill Primary, Heath Training Centre, Farrar Lane Sheltered Housing and St Joseph’s Primary School. These sites achieved excellent and very good in all categories.
The inspector’s comments have included:
‘Community focus imaginative and excellent.’
‘Environmentally excellent practices in place.’
‘Level of community involvement and enthusiasm is exceptional.’
To find out more about the scheme visit www.ccscheme.org.uk.
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.
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, Managing Director, Bermar said “We are proud to be working with such a long established, West Yorkshire based family company”.
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 Listed building. This created a new Early Year’s site for Savile Park Primary School and an Adult Learning Centre for adults aged 19+.
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 unit.
Heath Training Centre, Halifax
£2,000,000 full refurbishment of an existing Victorian school building to provide new a primary school and adult learning centre.
Photograph shows one of the new laboratories at the University of Bradford.
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.
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).
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.
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 School, Pontefract:-
£670,000 Refurbishment of a vacant building to provide a new Pupil Referral Unit.
The photograph shows excavation work at Hendal Primary School.
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 the site, which is a £2.2million extension and refurbishment for Leeds City Council.
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.
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 ‘Builders’ in the playground.
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 of their time at the school.
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.
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).
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
‘the level of enthusiasm and involvement on this contract is exceptional’
‘the site is readily compliant with the Code of Practice of the scheme to a very good standard’
Our congratulations to Site Managers Simon and Matthew and our Liaison Officer Sue.
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.
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.
After a very busy summer, the following projects have recently been completed:-
The following projects have commenced or are about to commence:-
The photograph is of Southmere Primary School.
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.
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.
Bermar has once again sponsored the Harden Beck Horticultural Society Annual Show by contributing towards the Prizes Fund.
This year’s event took place on Sunday 7 September and was attended by many competitors and visitors.
The Ivan Stringer Memorial Medals Athletics Meeting took place on 31 August and again was a resounding success with a high volume of entrants.
We have sponsored this event since 2010 as part of our Corporate Responsibility initiative.
We are part of the Kirklees Council Capital Works Framework.
Our Managing Director, Rob Moon, has for the second year running successfully completed the gruelling Challenge of beating the Welsh 3000’s. Together with a group of 9 others he completed the walk to the top of the 15 highest mountains in Wales in 20hrs 28mins for all 15 peaks (or 22hrs 35mins bus to bus) achieving what is a monumental goal!
The walk was arranged to raise money for ‘One in a Million’, a local Bradford Charity.
One In A Million provides weekly sports, arts, education & enterprise programmes to children & young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Bradford. Helping break through barriers of deprivation and inequality in order to achieve their full potential, many of whom live in the top 1% most deprived areas in the UK.
This scheme has been handed over.
The £1.4 million project was our second successfully completed for Apollo Capital Projects .
Bermar has laid a 2600m2 concrete slab at Leeds Printworks.
The project is for Leeds City College and is part of our YORbuild Framework.
Works include sandblasting of internal brickwork, metal columns and balustrading, drainage and underfloor heating ducts.
The project scheduled for completion in early July is valued at £500,000.
Bermar has been Highly Commended ‘in recognition of our high standards of construction and workmanship’ by the Local Authority Building Control (West Yorkshire).
The building excellence award was for work in the restoration of Wakefield Museum for Wakefield College.
This £850,000 project was part of our YORbuild Framework and follows closely on our award winning work to Huddersfield Railway Station (Grade 1 Listed), which featured in the Railway Heritage Trust National Awards.
Simon, our Site Manager at Southmere Primary School, Bradford has taken the above photograph from his Quadcopter.
The school extension features new classrooms and refurbishments within the existing building.
Completion is expected at the end of August on the £1.46million project.
The past few weeks have been extremely busy with several projects finishing and others commencing:-
Scissett Swimming Baths – £300,000 – finished.
Faith Centre at the University of Bradford – £400,000 – finished.
Farrow Medical Centre – £1,400,000 – about to finish.
Rufford Park Primary School – £850,000 – started in March.
Heatherstones for Connect Housing – £550,000 – started in April.
Ashbrow School, Kirklees – £690,000 started this month.
Chellow Heights Annexe – £960,000 started this month.
The photograph shows the Faith Centre at the University of Bradford.
We can confirm that in conjunction with Kirklees Council we will be sponsoring our fourth Athletics Meeting at Princess Mary Playing Fields, Cleckheaton on the 31 August 2014 (Sunday).
Entries to compete can be made in advance or on the day directly with Spenborough & District Athletics Club.
Bermar has a Capital Works Framework Agreement with Kirklees Council.
Farrow Medical Centre in Bradford is nearing completion. The photograph is taken at mid-stage and illustrates the steel/timber frame construction.
This £1.4million scheme is our second with Apollo Capital Projects following the successful completion of Girlington Medical Centre.
Bermar has just completed the Classroom refurbishment and three Extensions to St James’ Church Primary School, Allerton, Bradford. The contract sum was £800,000.
The Auditorium and Offices were refurbished recently at the Norcroft Centre as part of our Framework Agreement with the University of Bradford; the contract sum was £120,000.
The remodelling and refurbishment of Civic Centre I (value £500,000) in Huddersfield was part of our Kirklees Council Framework and follows the successful completion of Civic Centre III (£2,000,000) in summer 2013.
Both have now been successfully completed and are in full use.
Farnley Hall Coach House, Leeds has been handed over and is now in use by the Parks Department (Leeds City Council).
The restoration and conversion of the 400 year old building was part of our YORbuild Framework and featured the retention of several original features.
The value was in the region of £650,000.
Work has commenced at Peel Park Primary School on an extension, refurbishment and new Car Park area including retaining walls.
The project is for the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council and is valued at £1.4million.
Refurbishment and Extension works are nearing completion at St James’ Church Primary School in Allerton which is close to our Head Office.
The works included additional classrooms, external car parking and play areas and was valued at £800,000.
We enjoyed a good working relationship and our photograph features Ivor Goodsite, part of our Considerate Constructor Scheme. Bermar are double National Award Winners.
Works have been successfully completed at Whetley Academy, Bradford to provide additional mezzanine space.
The project was valued at £440,000 and had to be carefully planned and executed as it involved structural works within an occupied school.
Bermar has been awarded the CSCS Platinum Standard.
This is the highest standard available and confirms our commitment to achieve 100% compliance whenever possible.
We regularly achieve 98%.