Investing in the next generation has long been a focus for PBS and that trend is to continue following the appointment of Scott Coates in the role of Assistant Quantity Surveyor.

Currently a Year 13 student at the Ron Dearing UTC where he is studying maths and engineering, Scott, 17, will link up with the business in August. He is no stranger to PBS having enjoyed a successful work experience period last summer during which he created a lasting positive impression that has led to him being offered his new role.

As well as learning the ropes alongside the business’s current QS team, Scott will also study a Level 4 qualification in quantity surveying at Leeds College of Building one day a week for two years.

He’s looking forward to taking the first steps in his career in construction with PBS and said:

“Work experience at PBS was great and I’ve been offered a really good job. I prefer to be hands-on and out on site, so this is the right path for me.

“Being a student at Ron Dearing UTC offers you good opportunities and a great standard of teaching, and the knowledge and skills I’ve gained helped me to get this job. I’m really looking forward to starting work.”

PBS Commercial Director, Mark Brooks, was hugely impressed with Scott’s attitude and application during his work experience placement and added:

“We got on really well with Scott when he came for his week of work experience last year and he liked the company. He got in touch with us again when he was thinking about his next steps and showed initiative in pushing himself forward.

“Scott is the first Ron Dearing UTC student we have taken on, but we have had success with another college student who came on board via the same route. He’s now managing his own multi-million pound jobs at PBS and we’re keen for Scott to progress and do the same.”

(Photo courtesy of Karl Andre Photography)

Work on the restoration of the much-loved South Cliff Gardens in Scarborough, jointly funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund, starts this week.

The restoration project aims to preserve the gardens’ unique heritage and improve them in a way that will reconnect them with today’s residents and visitors, in the same way that the original gardens did more than one hundred years ago.

Scarborough Borough Council has appointed Hull-based civil engineering company, PBS Construction Ltd, as the principle contractor to deliver the restoration.

Phase 1 of the major capital works starting this month will include the construction of the new community building, which local people have affectionately named ‘Beeforth’s Hive’ after George Lord Beeforth who was instrumental in shaping the gardens. Works on the building are due to be complete in November.

The restoration of the recently listed and historically significant Tugwell shelter and octagonal shelter below the putting green have also been included and prioritised in the first phase of works.

Phase two works will start in June and include ground drainage, further shelter works and the works to the new accessible toilet block in the family hub space adjacent to the Clock Café.

Phase three includes the restoration of the Clock Tower, Italian steps and further shelter works, which will be completed in November this year.

Finally, phase four includes the eagerly awaited reopening of the tunnel under the cliff lift, construction of the new innovative play area, restoration of the popular Italian Gardens and planting installations.

The whole project is due to be completed in April 2022 when the local community group is looking forward to hosting an opening event.

The council was successfully awarded a grant of £4,665,700 towards the cost of the project by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Community Fund as part of their Parks for People joint initiative, and has itself contributed £2,041,000. This was added to money generously raised by the local South Cliff community and ‘in kind’ contributions to complete the funding of the £7.158m project.

Cllr Tony Randerson, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Cllr Jim Grieve, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Quality of Life, said:

“We are delighted that work to restore these wonderful heritage gardens, which hold a very special place in the hearts of generations of residents and visitors, gets underway this week.

“Together with our previous multi-million scheme to stabilise the cliffs, this exciting project will reignite people’s love for the gardens and make them more accessible for all.

“New facilities will sit sensitively alongside restored heritage features, which will ensure the gardens’ importance in Scarborough’s history is kept alive and relevant for many more decades to come.”

Adrian Perry, Friends of South Cliff Gardens, said:

“In 2012 when the Friends of South Cliff Gardens started out on the journey to restore the gardens we had no idea of the complexity of the task that lay ahead.

“Nobody could have foreseen the difficulties created by the pandemic, which served to further extend the preparatory process. So it is with relief that finally the finishing post is within sight and the next year will see many of our dreams become a reality.”

David Auton, Chair of the South Cliff Community Group, said:

“Members of the South Cliff Community group and all local residents and visitors will be delighted to hear that works on the South Cliff Gardens are at last about to start.

After many months of uncertainty in difficult times, this news will shine a light for everyone.

“We will all take enormous pleasure watching the various phases, in the knowledge that the efforts we put in during the fund raising stages have created what is truly a community based project.

“These gardens are going to give many years of pleasure to so many residents and visitors and will leave generations with very happy memories.”

PBS Construction Ltd has experience of delivering similar coastal schemes. It has recently completed public realm improvements in Bridlington and is currently completing a second phase of public realm works in Cleethorpes.

PBS Chairman, Pete Smurthwaite, said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded this very prestigious contract in these difficult times, which gives us certainty of work for our staff for the next 12 months.

“As a company we want to engage with the local community and there will be opportunities for local businesses and people to be involved with the scheme.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Scarborough Borough Council for awarding this contract to our company.”

(Photo credit – David Chalmers)

PBS has teamed up with Ainthorpe Primary School to help create some fun new resources for the Foundation Stage play area.

The school wanted to create the resources using upcycled materials and PBS was more than happy to help, donating wood, pallets, bricks and plastic piping. Company joiner, Ian, then worked his magic with the materials to turn them into a stage, weighing scales and some tyre planters and fencing for a small planting area.

Children at the school are now enjoying the new creations and Shane Davy, Head Teacher at Ainthorpe Primary, said:

“We are ever so grateful to PBS for their help and support. Their donations and the brilliant work from Ian has provided our children with some amazing new resources for our children to enjoy. The new equipment has really enhanced what we can offer our children.

“They are thoroughly enjoying performing on the stage as well as already seeing the plants grow in our new garden. Thank you so much to the staff at PBS.”

Glenn Smurthwaite, Managing Director at PBS, added:

“We were delighted to be able to support the school with such a nice idea. They wanted to add some new items to the play area using upcycled materials and we’re lucky that we were in a position to help with providing those.

“It was then just a case of our joiner, Ian, going along and putting everything together. As a company we really enjoy making a difference where we can and hopefully the children at Ainthorpe will have many happy hours with the new play area resources.”

PBS Construction has partnered up with Lads FC, to become their first ever front of shirt sponsor.

Formed in October 2020 by Anthony Snow and David West, Lads FC is a not-for-profit community football club which aims to raise awareness around mental health and wellbeing, whilst providing an escape from everyday life through playing football. The club prides itself on providing an all-inclusive environment which is open to anyone, irrespective of gender, race, religion, age and ability.

The club also raises awareness and funds for local charities with over £1500 already donated since last October. When the club was looking for support to help with the purchase of its kit, they approached PBS about potentially getting involved and the business was only too happy to help.

“When Anthony and David approached us, I just thought it was a brilliant initiative,” said Glenn Smurthwaite, Managing Director at PBS.

“Sport is such a great thing for bringing people together and improving both physical and mental wellbeing. Our business and family have always had a big involvement with sport and we’re delighted to be a part of the Lads FC journey.”

David West, co-founder of Lads FC, added:

“It’s crazy to think how far the club has come since it was established just three months ago.

“Without PBS’s original sponsorship we may not have even taken that step from a team that plays casual games to a club we’re now proud to be a part of.”

Anyone who wants to find out more about or get involved with Lads FC can get in touch with David and Anthony via email on LadsFC_Hull@outlook.com.

PBS recently welcomed its two newest recruits with Jonny Wilkinson and Niall Ellis joining the company as apprentice groundworkers.

The two local youngsters will each spend the next 18 months working towards achieving their Level 2 Groundworks City & Guilds qualification. As well as learning their trade on site, both Niall and Jonny will also study one day a week at Hull College as part of their apprenticeship.

As a company, PBS has a long tradition of recruiting apprentices from the local area and Glenn Smurthwaite, Managing Director, said:

“We’ve always been big believers in giving the next generation an opportunity and we’re delighted to have both Niall and Jonny on board with us.

“Several of our employees started out as apprentices and have worked their way up into different roles within the business. Hopefully this can be the start of a good journey with PBS for Niall and Jonny.”

PBS Construction will continue to back Hull FC during the 2021 season after agreeing two separate commercial partnerships with the club.

Having supported young full back Connor Wynne during the past two seasons, PBS will once again be his player sponsor for the forthcoming campaign. In addition to this, the business will also be the club’s interchange partner for the 2021 season. A new venture for PBS, this will see the company branding on the interchange boards and the company name announced over the stadium PA at home fixtures whenever either team make a change.

These two new agreements extend the company’s longstanding relationship with the club having previously been a shirt partner for four years. During that period, FC recorded those memorable back-to-back Challenge Cup victories at Wembley.

The company are proud to be continuing their support of the club and Glenn Smurthwaite, Managing Director, said:

“We’re delighted to be backing Hull FC again in 2021 as it maintains our longstanding association with the club.

“Having been one of the shirt partners in recent years, this will also be our third year of sponsoring Connor Wynne. We are a local family business so it’s nice to be able to support a local talent and hopefully it’s beneficial for both Connor and the club.

“Becoming the interchange partner for the 2021 season is a new venture for us but one that we’re very much looking forward to.

“All clubs will be relying more than ever on their commercial partners and we’re happy to be backing the club in these challenging times. As a family we are all Hull FC supporters and if we can play a small part in helping the club to be successful then we’ll be more than happy.”

Nick Derbyshire, Commercial Manager at Hull FC, added:

“Hull FC are delighted to have the continuing support of PBS Construction, and are looking forward to many more successful seasons working alongside them as a valued sponsor and supporter of the club.”

Today we presented local modern Pentathlete Josh Hood with a cheque in respect of our sponsorship for Josh’s equipment which will contribute to the repair of two of his fencing epees.

Josh started the year with the four ranking events finishing 3rd, 1st, 1st and 2nd respectively. This ensured that he is now ranked the No.1 Youth Pentathlete in Great Britain as well as the reigning Under 19 British Champion.

His first International event of the year saw him compete in the Leira International European Cup in Portugal  where he claimed the bronze medal. This led into the European Championships in Lithuania where he podiumed with another bronze. He returned home to England to finish his studies at Hartpury College and has been awarded Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction in his Level 3 BTec in Sport ( PE & Coaching ). At the Hartpury Awards Ceremony he won the Pentathlete of the Year Award and was named as Hartpury Apprentice of the Year out of the whole College.

He then travelled to Bulgaria for the World Championships where he won a fantastic silver medal ending what has been another successful campaign. He has since been informed that he has been accepted into Bath University to study his degree in Sports Performance from September.

From us all at PBS we would like to congratulate Josh on his achievements so far and we wish him every success for the future.  

PBS are pleased to be certified as Disability Confident Committed. 

The aim of the Disability Confident Shceme is working with employers to ensure that disabled people and those with long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

As a company we have committed to meet the following objectives:

The Hull Daily Mail Sporting Champion Awards 2017 Event was undertaken last night at the KCOM Stadium, an event which highlights the best local sporting talent. The awards are separated into 12 categories, with boys and girls under-16s and under-18s recognised in those respective age groups. The ceremony also honours the disabled athlete of the year, team of the year, coach of the year and sports club of the year.

PBS Construction were a proud sponsor of the ‘Sporting Inspiration’ catergory of the awards, an award which was triumphed by Logan Edson. The award was presented by PBS Managing Director Peter Smurthwaite.

Like many before this, we have successfully completed another bridge contract on behalf of North Yorkshire County Council.

Gilling Bridge West, near Richmond in North Yorkshire required various stonework repairs which consisted of dismantling and rebuilding sections of the parapet walls, raking and pointing to some areas, as well as raking, repointing and resetting the cutwaters of the structure, as well as some general vegetation removal works, with the scheme finishing with carriageway reinstatement.

Due to the nature of the works, a full road closure was required. Working to programme was therefore vital, as we aimed to keep disruption to the travelling public at a minimum by ensuring all works was completed on time, while still facing the day to day challenges on site.

As we enter the New Year, we are also due to commence work at a further two bridges in North Yorkshire; Hewick Bridge & Kirkham Bridge, as we aim to maintain our working relationship with North Yorkshire County Council.

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