Green fingered school children in Scarborough are getting the chance to improve their school gardens and green spaces thanks to the Cinder Track restoration scheme being delivered by PBS Construction.

The £490,000 restoration scheme to provide much needed improvement to the southern end of the Cinder Track – a popular traffic-free route between Scarborough and Whitby – includes widening of the track in places.

Soil that needs to be removed as part of the widening process has been freely donated to Gladstone Road Primary School, Scarborough, to create beds for planting and to improve existing ones. The surplus soil was delivered to the school by PBS Construction, the company carrying out the Cinder Track restoration scheme for Scarborough Borough Council.

Children, teachers and governors at the school are keen to make their school a greener and more environmentally friendly place through their gardening club and already have a small number of planters in which they are growing flowers, cabbages, leeks and spinach. The soil donation will allow them to increase the number of planters in the school playground so they can grow more flowers and vegetables, and attract more wildlife.

Jane Pepper, Gladstone Road Primary School chair of governors, said: “Being able to get free, good quality soil as a result of the work on the Cinder Track was too good an opportunity to miss. Thanks to the council and PBS Construction there is now an exciting heap of soil on the school site that will allow us to begin new planting as soon as possible.”

Tim Burkinshaw, Scarborough Borough Council ecologist and biodiversity officer, said: “Soil is a precious resource so it’s great to encourage local children to grow their own using surplus topsoil from the track improvement work near their school.

“We have kept back the lower grade subsoil to form a wildflower embankment alongside the track. Wildflowers do better in poor soils so this is a win-win.”

Brendon Smurthwaite, PBS Construction community manager, added: “As a business we love to engage with the community as much as we can, whether that’s through helping or working with schools, charities or community groups.

“When the soil donation to Gladstone Road Primary School was mentioned we were more than happy to play our part and hopefully it will make a real difference to them going forward.”

PBS Construction has commenced work on the £490,000 restoration scheme to provide much needed improvement to the southern end of the Cinder Track – a popular off road track between Scarborough and Whitby.

This second phase of work to improve the track covers a 7km stretch between Sainsbury’s in Scarborough and Burniston.

Improvements include the widening or alteration of existing cycle paths and new surfacing. In some sections the track alignment will be altered slightly and a narrow footbridge near Burniston will be replaced.

Access steps will be repaired and new wayfinding signs and seating will be installed to benefit all users. Light touch landscaping will also be carried out.

PBS Construction is undertaking the work in sections on Scarborough Borough Council’s behalf between now and early autumn. Work will be carried during the day, mainly Monday to Friday.

Disruption to local residents and users of the track will be kept to a minimum by working on short sections of the track and keeping the track open as much as possible. Any closures for surface-laying will be temporary and of short duration with diversions indicated.

PBS is writing to residents living closest to the sections of track being restored to provide further information.

The work has been funded by the Department for Transport (DfT) via Sustrans.

The scheme is in line with the Cinder Track restoration plan agreed in 2018 after consultation with the local community and track users.

The first phase of the improvement scheme between Whitby and Hawsker was completed last year.

People can get the latest news about the Cinder Track from the council’s ranger team and stay up to date on the improvement scheme by following the Cinder Track Facebook page.

Paul Thompson, Scarborough Borough Council director, said:

“After seeing the great improvements to the northern end of the track after the completion of phase one, I am really pleased to see the restoration of the southern section underway.

“Anyone who uses the Cinder Track regularly may be wondering why the southern end is being improved now when other stretches, particularly rural sections, are also in need of substantial investment. This is because the present funding package is focussed on sustainable transport links in urban communities.

“We are committed to the restoration of the entire length of the track and are continuing to look for funding opportunities that would directly benefit the rural sections. Meanwhile, our Cinder Track ranger and apprentice continue to address maintenance issues on the track between Scarborough and Whitby.”

Natalie Rea, Sustrans Network Development Manager for Yorkshire, said:

“We are very pleased to facilitate improvements to this popular section of National Cycle Network, complementing recent upgrades at the northern end of the track.

“This piece of work demonstrates the shared ambition of Scarborough Borough Council and partners in making walking and wheeling easier for all. These upgrades will improve the accessibility, safety and inclusivity of the Cinder Track, contributing towards the aspirations of the Cinder Track Restoration Plan.

“Making the National Cycle Network more accessible, safer, interesting and inclusive can help transform the way we travel, improve our health and social connections, and benefit the wider environment and local economy.

“We look forward to further collaborations with partners who share our vision and ambition for active travel.”

Pete Smurthwaite, PBS Chairman, said:

“We are pleased to have been awarded the contract for this scheme and continue our presence as a company in the Scarborough area.

“We already have a portfolio of successful footpath and cycle track schemes that we’ve completed for Hull City Council, North Yorkshire County Council, North East Lincolnshire Council and North Lincolnshire Council.

“We will look to keep disruption to a minimum at this popular location and will be contacting local residents with updates as the project progresses.”

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.”

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