Bermar are delighted to announce that they have been awarded two Silver awards by the Considerate Constructors Scheme. The awards were for works to the Leeds Town Hall Roof and the extension to Birkby Junior School.
It is unusual for an SME construction company to receive a Silver Award. We have previously won six Bronze Awards, but these are our first Silvers.
We are pleased to announce that Bermar Building has been shortlisted as a finalist for the West Yorkshire LABC Building Excellence Awards 2020. The winners will be announced on 22 September.
We won similar awards in 2017 and 2014 for the New Dining Hall, Kitchen and Refurbishment at Bronte House School and the conversion of Wakefield Museum (Listed) to the School of Performing Arts for Wakefield College.
Andy Bateman, has recently, passed away at the age of 64.
He is one of our longest serving employees both as a carpenter and joiner and site foreman and will be missed by us all.
His quiet, good nature was appreciated by everyone in the company.
We have been busy pricing contracts during the lockdown. As a result, we are able to list below, the following new projects
The following projects have recently come to a successful completion:
New teaching block at Ilkley Grammar School, £3,200,000. Conversion to form extension to Birkby Junior School, £1,400,000. Bridge extension at The Grammar School at Leeds, £178,000. Science block refurbishment at Millthorpe School, £340,000. The photograph above shows internal rooms at Birkby Junior School.
Bermar recently took part in the annual One in a Million charity football tournament. Our team was made up of the Accountant, Estimator, an Apprentice, Labourer, Joiner and a couple of sub-contractors. The team progressed well and made it through to the semi-finals where the eventual winners knocked them out. Bermar has regular involvement in local charities including OIAM, Marie Curie and supports various other projects. OIAM news
The following projects have recently started on site – Construction of a new overflow car park and associated drainage at Yorkshire Sculpture Park – £490,000. Refurbishment of Block 4, Chapel Allerton Hospital for the Dental Institute. Works will include the full strip out and removals, Mechanical and Electrical works, boarding, joinery works, stud walls and plastering works. Fitting new walls, ceilings and flooring. Full fit out of specialist Dental Furniture and Equipment – £1,900,000.
The photographs above show heavy equipment being loaded into LGI, Leeds.
We have been working weekends to minimise disruption in this extremely busy and vital location.
The project is valued at £200,000 and will provide replacement generator equipment.
Bermar regularly work at LGI & St James Hospitals.
Bermar currently has six apprentices; two bricklayers in year 3, four carpenters & joiners 1 in year 3, 1 in year 2 and two new apprentices starting year 1. We also have Mark Parkin on a Higher Apprenticeship in Construction Management.
All will be attending college this year at Keighley, Kirklees, Leeds and Preston.
The following projects have recently been started on site or are about to commence – Refurbishment of Skipton Town Hall and construction of a new rear extension for Craven District Council – £3.2 million. Construction of new link corridor between two existing buildings for the Grammar School at Leeds – £178,000. Construction of a two classroom extension and associated internal works to Oatlands School, Harrogate – £833,000. External wall insulation, replacement windows and external communal enhancement at Pye Nest Road for Anchor Hanover – £1.2 million. Refurbishment and alterations to existing building at Millthorpe School, York. The photograph above shows the TRAD Deck safety system at Outlands School.
As you can see from the photo building work to Leeds Town Hall is well under way. Scaffold to the clocktower and main roof area has been completed, ready for the re-roofing to commence.
School children at Birkby Junior School in Huddersfield took part in a construction safety assembly hosted by Bermar and the Considerate Constructors mascot, Ivor Goodsite.
To encourage the children to consider their own safety when near to the building site, a poster competition was launched. A winning design will be chosen from each year group who will all receive a prize. One poster will be chosen as the overall winner and will be printed and displayed around the site perimeter. Pupils from year one through to year six listened to Steve Ludkin, Construction Director at Bermar and learnt all about the dangers of being on a building site and found out about the protective clothing tradespeople must wear to keep them safe.
Good luck to Dan Rowe, one of Bermar’s bricklaying apprentices, who has reached the regional final of the CITB SkillBuild competition.
SkillBuild, delivered by CITB, is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices. As the biggest and longest running construction skills competition, they’re looking for skill and talent that is built to last.
A series of competitions sees the very best compete against each other to be crowned a winner in their chosen trade.
Cullingworth Village Hall (new build) £870,000 was recently featured in the Telegraph & Argus and has been shortlisted for the West Yorkshire Building Excellence Awards.
The building which includes pre-school, a cafe and two halls for hire, was designed by local architects Langtry Langton. Photograph above shows one of the halls.
The following projects have recently been started on site or are about to commence.
Fire protection works at Low Cross Court, Knottingley for WDH – £675,000.
Office fit-out for Produmax, Baildon – £400,000.
Alterations and Refurbishment of Permberton, Ashfield and Bright Buildings at the University of Bradford – £730,000
The following projects have recently come to a successful completion:
Cullingworth Village Hall- New build, £870,000.
Westminster Building, Leeds- Office conversion, £645,000.
All Hallowes, Rotherham- External refurbishment, £360,000.
The picture above shows the architect’s impression of Cullingworth Village Hall
Bermar currently has four Apprentices and one Higher Apprentice.
We have operated our Apprenticeship scheme for over 40 years, working closely with the CITB and local Building Colleges.
Our current Apprentices are:
Daniel Illingworth (16 years old) – First year Carpentry & Joinery.
Will Scarth (17 years old) – Second year Bricklaying.
Dan Rowe (17 years old) – Second year Bricklaying.
Matthew Heppleston (24 years old) – Second year Mature Apprenticeship in Carpentry & Joinery.
Mark Parkin – Higher Apprenticeship in Construction Management. Mark has progressed through our Apprenticeship scheme as a Carpenter & Joiner, having been with us since 2007.
The following projects have recently come to a successful completion:
Crossley Heath School, Halifax- Re-roofing and window replacement, £2.3million.
Millthorpe School, York- Re-roofing and window replacement, £2.5million.
Ivy Court, Sheltered Housing, Baildon- Refurbishment and fire safety works, £300,000.
Barkerend School, Bradford- Extensions and re-modelling works to the existing building with associated external works, £3.8 million.
The picture above shows the site on Barkerend during the recent works.
We are pleased to announce that Leeds City Council have appointed Bermar to refurbish the roof of this magnificent, Brodrick designed, Grade I listed building.
The £4.2million scheme will commence in December, 2018 and is scheduled for completion in November, 2020.
Works include stripping of existing slates, insulation, re-roofing and replacement of damaged leadwork. Glazed sections will be replaced, as will the access ways.
Other works include external fabric renovation, internal chandelier upgrades and protection of the famous organ.
Bermar has a long award winning history of works to historic buildings, including many Grade I and several Town Halls.
This is the second time we have worked on the Town Hall roof and we recently completed the works to the roof of the Leeds Art Gallery and Library.
Bermar are pleased to announce that they have recently been appointed as the main contractors for the £3.2m expansion to Ilkley Grammar School. Bermar has worked for Bradford Council almost continuously over the past 45 years. Cllr Imran Khan, portfolio holder for education, employment and skills, said “It’s great for the district that the work to expand pupil places at Ilkley Grammar School is getting underway. It means we will have more capacity to meet the growth in pupil numbers”.
In addition to a new project at Bradford Grammar School, the following projects have recently commenced:-
Refurbishment of the communal areas and corridors at Ivy Bank Court, Baildon, for Incommunities- £270,000.
Repairs and refurbishment of the existing market stalls at Kirkgate Market, Leeds, for Leeds City Council- £256,000.
Construction of the New Village Hall, Cullingworth- £868,000.
Re-modelling and refurbishment of Westminster Building to form new office accommodation for Leeds City Council- £646,000.
The image above is the site at Cullingworth where the new village hall is being constructed.
We are pleased to have commenced work on the new sports complex at Bradford Grammar School.
The £3.2m Construction Contract is scheduled to complete in February 2019 and will include – 8 outdoor Cricket Lanes – new Hockey Astroturf Pitches – 2 outdoor Netball/Tennis courts – a new Sports Barn structure to enclose 4 Netball and 5 Tennis Courts – reconfiguration and upgrading of the Changing Facilities.
Above is the architectures impression of the finished sports complex.
We the Directors, wish to thank our Employees, Clients, Subcontractors and Suppliers for their continued support.
Our first client was the City of Bradford MDC who are still one of our major clients today.
The photograph is the Wool Exchange Bradford which we re-furbished in 1973/4.
We have been awarded our third Bronze Considerate Constructors Scheme National Site Award! Our site at Barkerend Academy demonstrated an outstanding commitment to improving the face of construction, achieving exemplary standards in all areas of the Code Of Considerate Practice.
Bermar has regular involvement in local charities including One In A Million, The Theatre Royal and Marie Curie. A recent event- raising for One In A Million was a charity football tournament. Our team included an Accountant, Estimator, Apprentice, Joiner and Subcontractors. We progressed well but were eventually beaten by the ex- professionals from Bradford City, who went on to win the tournament.
Projects recently commenced on site include:
Construction of two classroom extensions at North Halifax Grammar School – £250,000. Repair works to concrete service duct at Gledhow Wing St James Teaching Hospital, Leeds – £300,000. Re-roofing works at Chapel Allerton Hospital, Leeds – £287,000. Refurbishment of Oakwell Centre at Dewsbury Hospital – £275,000. Construction of Lobby extension to Sherwood Court Sheltered Housing Block, Wakefield – £90,000
Bermar has successfully completed the following schemes in the last couple of months:-
Crossley Heath School – new science labs – £200,000. Airedale Hospital – replacement windows and doors – £400,000. Farnley Academy, Leeds – music room extension – £400,000. Vickers Oils – various extensions – £3,000,000. The photograph above shows the music extension at Farnley Academy.
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 discovered and the refurbished roof.
The occasion was marked by features in the Yorkshire Post and the Look North news programme.
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.
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.
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 College.
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 whose posters can now be seen on the school fence close to the entrance. See the image above.
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.
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 the School of Performing Arts.
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 replacement works at North Halifax Grammar School.
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.
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 contract (£150,000 refurbishment of John Smeaton Leisure Centre & Pool in Leeds).
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 Rob Moon, our MD, gave a talk on the construction project and in particular works to Historic buildings.
The tour of the site, included the re-roofing works.
We currently have 13 projects on site with a total value of £16.5m.
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 Workshops, Storage Space, Meeting and Conference Facilities – £500,000.
Lynfield Mount Hospital, Bradford – Acute Joinery Repairs and Replacement Doors – £150,000.
Osman House, Leeds for the Disability Trust – Demolition and Extension to provide Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit and eight en-suite bedrooms and External works – £900,000.
The photograph is taken at St James Hospital, David Beevers Wing – Re-roofing works.
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 and scheduled to completion in September, 2017.
‘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 Gallery has changed over time. Steven Ludkin, Construction Director, Bermar spoke to the group about the current works being carried out and escorted them around the site. This Enabled the group to fully understand the changes being made and provided answers to many enthusiastic questions.
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 visit to the building site.
The project for City of Bradford MDC is valued at £2.5 million and is due to complete in late 2017.
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 only 14 weeks training. Through hard work and determination she completed the course in 1hr 20 mins and raised over £1,000 which has been donated to Pendleside Hospice where Sue spent her last hours and Manorlands who supported Sue throughout her illness with pain management and complimentary therapy.
Recently completed schemes include:-
The photograph above shows the internal refurbishment at Bronte House School.