PBS Construction will continue to back Hull FC during the 2022 season after agreeing two separate commercial partnerships with the club.

The company is the new front of shorts partner for the forthcoming Super League campaign with the PBS logo appearing on both the principal and alternative shorts.

In addition, having supported youngster Connor Wynne during the past three seasons, the company will once again be his player sponsor for 2022.

These two agreements extend the company’s longstanding relationship with the club having previously been a shirt partner for four years (2016-2019) and the interchange sponsor in 2021.

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 2022 as it maintains our longstanding association with the club.

“Having previously been a shirt partner it’s something different for us to be on the shorts and it was great to see our logo on them when the two kits were launched recently. We’re also delighted to be supporting Connor Wynne again and having been his player sponsor since 2019, it was an easy decision for us to continue that agreement.

“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.”

There was double joy for PBS in the recent Hull Building Safety Group Awards 2021 with both the business and one of its employees picking up accolades.

As a business PBS was delighted to receive the ‘Best Site Safety Performance to Principal Contractor’ award and that was added to with Alan Clarke winning the ‘Best Site Safety Performance to a Site Manager’ award.

Mark Dobson, Director at Hull Building Safety Group, recently visited the PBS offices to make the presentations with Pete Smurthwaite (PBS Chairman) and Danny Long (PBS Health & Safety Manager) receiving the principal contractor award on behalf of the business. Pete also helped Mark present the site manager award to Alan.

Mark commented: “PBS are a valued and key member of Hull Building Safety Group. They continually show a desire and commitment to improve and deliver the best standards possible on their projects. It is clear that Health and Safety holds an integral part of their business and the Principal Contractor Award reflects this.

“Alan constantly demonstrates this attitude and culture on his projects, often going the extra mile to ensure that health and safety of everyone involved on his sites. I’m pleased to be able to acknowledge this with the Site Manager’s Award. Congratulations to Alan and the team at PBS Construction.”

West Hull ARLFC are being backed by PBS Construction during 2021 with the company agreeing to be the front of shirt sponsor for the first team.

The partnership had initially been due to start back in 2020 but with the season being postponed, it was put on hold. However, with the 2021 campaign up and running, the first team, who compete in League G of the National Conference League, are now carrying the PBS logo on the front of their playing shirts.

Brendon Smurthwaite, Community Manager at PBS, said:

“As a company we have really strong links with local sport and it’s nice to be able to extend those by supporting West Hull. It’s obviously been a tough time financially for all amateur sports clubs and hopefully our sponsorship will play a small part in helping West Hull to keep moving forward.”

Ryan McKenna, Open Age Manager at West Hull, added:

“PBS kindly sponsored our Academy shirts and some of the off-field wear in 2020 but obviously the season was cut short when Covid hit.

“When it came to 2021 we thought it was only right to have the same sponsors again without seeking extra sponsorship so I got in touch with the sponsors, including PBS, to make sure they were happy to continue partnering with us in 2021.

“Managing Director Glenn Smurthwaite promptly got back in touch to say the company were more than happy to continue with us and that they wanted to help us out with more sponsorship money too. We were not expecting that from any of our sponsors but it was a massive help to us and very much appreciated.

“It’s great to see successful local companies such as PBS supporting local grassroots sports like this in the difficult times we’ve all seen in the last 15 months or so. We look forward to continuing and hopefully developing a strong relationship with PBS for years to come.”

Ryan Steen (West Hull Captain) is pictured with Tom Leake from PBS.

PBS has continued its investment in the next generation by welcoming new apprentice James Stamp to the company.

James initially came to PBS from the Construction Skills Village for a work experience placement where he joined the site team currently working on the restoration of the historic South Cliff Gardens in Scarborough.

After making a really positive impression during his placement, James was offered a groundworks apprenticeship with the company. He will now work towards his Level 2 Groundworks qualification whilst also learning his trade on site.

Glenn Smurthwaite, Managing Director at PBS, said:

“It’s great to have James on board. When he came to us on work experience, everyone was hugely impressed by his attitude, work ethic and willingness to learn. We felt that during that time he earned the right to be given an opportunity and were more than happy to offer that.

“As a company we’re always keen to give the next generation a chance to get started in their career and I’m sure James will continue to thrive now he’s on board full time. I’d also like to thank the Scarborough Skills Village as they recommended James for work experience.

“We have a very good relationship with them and hopefully will be able to continue to work together going forward.”

Jenna Redmond, Employer Engagement Officer at the Scarborough Skills Village, added:

“It’s fantastic to see James going from strength to strength. I’ve been working with James over the past few months and seeing him out on site working with PBS is very rewarding. James has really come out of his shell, is working hard and has settled in great with the team at PBS.”

James is pictured with Alan Clarke (PBS Site Manager)

Wheeler Primary School in Hull has recently created a brand new construction play area for its Foundation Stage children and PBS was only too happy to play a small part by donating resources for the project.

The school took inspiration from ongoing construction works in their locality to create the new play area and already had some resources. However, they needed a number of road barriers which PBS donated, along with hi-viz vests, hard hats and safety glasses for the children to wear.

The area is now up and running with the children from the Foundation Stage regularly practicing their construction skills.

Tracy Johnson, Nursery Nurse at Wheeler Primary, said:

“Our Foundation Stage children are loving using our newly revamped construction area and we’re so grateful for the generous donations and support from PBS.”

Glenn Smurthwaite, Managing Director at PBS, added:

“When the school contacted us about helping out with some resources we were more than happy to offer our support. We’ve recently completed a big project on Anlaby Road, which isn’t too far from Wheeler Primary, and it was nice to hear that the school had maybe seen that and used it to help formulate their idea.

“As a business born and bred in Hull we’re always looking to support the local community and hopefully this small donation will help to make a big difference to Wheeler Primary.”

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.”

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