Ged Rooney comments: “The challenge at the beginning is to find the right people to grow a business, but your systems need to grow with you.
“Once you get to a certain level, because the construction industry is very much boom and bust, you need to keep the business at a certain level to ensure continuity.
“Systems are important in any business. You need to ensure that systems and processes are integrated with new staff.
“We can’t leave old staff behind, and one of our biggest issues is making sure everyone is at a common standard.”
Chairman, Roly Bardsley said: “Our appointment to deliver this state-of-the-art extra care and dementia facility represents a landmark project for Bardsley Construction and we therefore wholeheartedly congratulate The Abbeyfield Society on its recognition with this prestigious award and its provision of invaluable housing and dementia care services. It was great to be with the team to receive the award”.
Design and the construction of 22 three bed semi detached and two 4 bed detached dwellings, for outright sale by the Client. The traditionally built dwellings will have external feature stonework, slate look roof tiles and will be finished with high specification interiors.
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Peter Godfrey recently marked his 40th year at family-owned Bardsley Construction with Chairman Roly Bardsley describing the veteran employee as the ‘mortar between the bricks’ and a ‘foundation’ of the business.
During his four decades at the Greater Manchester-based firm, pre-construction director Peter has progressed from helping to train Roly, son of the founder Roland Bardsley, on his first day on site to working on major schemes including residential, extra care facilities and hotels with a total value of more than £73m.
Educated at St Peter and Paul school in Dukinfield, Peter started at Bardsley as a Site Engineer on his first project at Godson Street, Oldham then moved to Queens Road in Ashton were he soon came across then 16-year-old Roly when he was dropped off by father Roland for on-the-job training.
He got off on the wrong foot with his ultimate boss however, by asking why Roly had arrived at 10am when he had been on site since 7am.
When Roly reported back to his father, Roland sent a terse message to Peter via the Site Manager saying: “Will you tell that Pete Godfrey that I have multiple companies to run and I’ll drop him off at whatever time I want to.” The story is still a favourite years later.
Following a series of promotions at Bardsley, Peter progressed to the role of Pre-Construction director in 2000 and has witnessed many changes in his time in construction.
“Things have changed greatly over the years in particular in health and safety where the many different policies in place now mean there is much less risk on site than there was when I started,” said Peter.
Having met and worked with many staff over the years, Peter, 62,has particularly enjoyed the mentoring of colleagues – for example, he helped to train and develop Sean Kempley, who started as a Junior Engineer and is now Construction Director, the job Peter himself held for years.
“I’ve met and trained a lot of staff, some of whom are still here so it’s great to have been a part of their development. Some people have been and gone but others have returned, having realised that the grass isn’t always greener.”
“I still enjoy sharing my knowledge with all of my younger colleagues. Bardsley is a good family-owned business to work for and I’ve worked with all the Bardsley family down the years. We are a family company and it’s fantastic that most of the directors have been brought up and established in the business. There have been dozens of employees here who have worked here for over 25 years, it is just that kind of firm.”
“It’s been a very busy 40 years, five days a week and nights at home – bad days and good days but I wouldn’t still be here if it wasn’t mainly good days,” he said.
Paying tribute to his veteran colleague, Roly said: “Peter’s dedication and passion for construction is omnipresent, he’s been fundamental to the success of the company. He is the mortar between the bricks, a foundation of the business.”
Peter is not retiring but reducing his working week from five to three days – albeit saying that he’ll end up cramming five days into three.
“Ultimately, I enjoy building and the technical side. It’s great to see a job through from start to finish and building working relationships alongside others. There’s no better feeling than seeing a job completed and winning an award for a job well done to the highest possible standards,” added Peter.To view press releases:-
This year’s award goes to Callum Shaw (Trainee Buyer), the award was presented by Sean Kempley Construction Director.
Our Chairman, Roly Bardsley comments:
“Achieving topping out at Blossom Street and delivering Mulbury’s first Manchester PRS scheme at nearby Port Street puts Bardsley, a proud Manchester company, at the heart of the transformation of the city with such statement residential developments.”
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Wilmslow-based VVHC, the nationwide developer of specialised supported living accommodation, has appointed Bardsley Construction to deliver a £12.5m plus, extra care facility in Blackburn.
The 109-bed facility at Albion Mill will include 50 extra care apartments, 31 en-suite rooms for intermediate care and 4 rehabilitation apartments and is being developed for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and the local NHS. Two four-storey residential blocks will be linked by a three-storey building providing communal areas for use by the residents including dining room, TV lounge, library, hair salon, gym, consulting rooms, kitchen and staff accommodation. The development will also include provision of landscaping, parking, roadways and footpaths.
“We’re delighted to be moving forward with such a critical project for Blackburn,” said VVHC chief executive Roy Kenny. “By mixing extra care, specialised dementia care and intermediate care in one bespoke development we can deliver enhanced outcomes at lower cost to local authorities and clinical commissioners. Having a construction partner that understands our specific build requirements is key. We’re pleased we have Bardsley Construction on board.” Work has started on site and is due to complete in December 2019.
Commenting on the project [Sayyed Osman Director for Adult Services and Protection] of Blackburn with Darwen council said:
“This project offers so much potential to improve the quality of life for our older people and help maintain independence. The Health and Social Care sector is increasingly working in collaboration. We have modelled this scheme on the need for a more integrated and seamless approach. It is the first time in this Borough that a range of services for older and infirm people will be brought together on one site. The Intermediate Care provision is jointly commissioned by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and the Borough’s Clinical Commissioning Group. It will be a great asset for our communities”.
Ged Rooney, procurement director at Bardsley Construction, said: “Bardsley has worked long and hard to establish an enviable reputation as a specialist contractor for extra care and supported living facilities throughout the north of England and looks forward to the successful delivery of this prestigious scheme for VVHC.”
White Young Green Management Services are the employer’s agent, Condy Lofthouse are the scheme architects with Thomas Consulting the structural engineers.
The contract, worth £9.8m, will involve the company undertaking the construction of Regenda Homes' extra care supported living facilities in Fleetwood.
Gold award winning developer, Adlington, has announced that it will be building 55 luxury retirement apartments on Alexandra Road, Southport. The new establishment will provide independent living for purchasers over the age of 55, with the option of support and a community all under one roof should homeowners wish for it.
The £11.5 million development is set to generate a number of jobs within the local area and will be completed by Greater Manchester-based Bardsley Construction, recently been appointed by Adlington.
Claire Reede, Adlington Marketing Manager, commented: “Adlington continues to grow from strength to strength, and our recent Gold Award win for Best Retirement Development at The WhatHouse? Awards 2017 – UK housebuilding’s most prestigious event – is testament to all our efforts.”
“The development sits in the heart of the community, just a short distance from the town centre and close to the beautiful Hesketh Park – plus there’s a bus stop just down the road. To provide elegant retirement living apartments, with the option of 24-hour support, in such a convenient location, is fantastic.”
“Our apartments are great for those looking to downsize and we pride ourselves in helping purchasers every step of the way; from helping to sell their original property, de-cluttering and removals, to a complimentary handyman service when they move in.”
The development of one, two and three-bedroom spacious dwellings will feature prestigious facilities including a table service restaurant, well-appointed homeowners’ lounge, hairdressing salon, activities and crafts room, spa suite and tranquil landscaped gardens.
Furthermore flexible 24-hour on site support will be available, should it be needed, offering complete reassurance and peace of mind.
The Yorkshire office of Bardsley Construction has been appointed by Calderdale Council to deliver a £4m English and Humanities Faculty building at Todmorden High School procured through the YORbuild 2 Framework.
The £65m turnover family-owned firm will design and construct a two-storey steel frame building to house the faculty, along with the provision of a replacement multi-use games area (MUGA) and additional car parking. The contract also includes the demolition of prefabricated temporary buildings and re-roofing works to the existing school buildings.
Bardsley recently started construction of the faculty building with a completion date of April 2018.
Working in partnership on the contract with the Leeds-based Yorkshire regional office of Bardsley are AHR Architects, mechanical & engineering consultant Ramboll UK and structural engineer Mott Macdonald.
Rick Smeaton, Bardsley regional manager in Yorkshire, commented: “This prestigious contract with Calderdale Council provides the Yorkshire region office of Bardsley with a further opportunity to enhance our well-earned reputation for the delivery of high quality and bespoke educational facilities, adding to our growing portfolio of construction projects across Yorkshire, the North West of England and the Midlands.”
Other major schemes undertaken by the Yorkshire region of Bardsley include the design and construction of:
The Halifax Academy for Calderdale Council – a recently completed new 2 Form Entry Primary School providing a new nursery, key stage 1 and key stage 2 education provision - £4.5m;
The West Yorkshire History Centre, the iconic concrete frame building clad in metal panels which provides the new home for the archive storage to the top two floors and multi-purpose space to ground floor including foyer reception with café, exhibition space, learning zones, enquiries office and secure search room, conservation studio. the three-storey archive facility for Wakefield Council housing more than 10 million records of Wakefield and the former counties of West Yorkshire and West Riding, for Wakefield Council and joint services - £6.4m;
Wakefield College Advances Skills & Innovation Centre, a 3-storey steel frame building with a mix of lumaglass illuminated channel glass, facing brickwork and Trespa cladding and aluminium windows providing a new focal point as part of the wider campus plan - £5m;
Fernbank Extra Care Facility for The Abbeyfield Society, provides a state-of-the-art extra care and dementia unit on the site of the former Bingley Hospital, Bradford. With the construction of 47 extra care apartments, 30 dementia apartments, together with a day centre. Inclusive of hard and soft landscaping - £10.5m;
And X1 Aire, 147 apartments over 13 storeys of concrete frame, clad in a combination of facing brickwork, trespa and timber cladding together with associated external works - £13.9m.