BAM is working on around £60 million of live projects in the region. Mr Pollard added:
“These orders don’t include those we’ve placed for firms in Huddersfield or Leeds, just those within a 15-mile radius of Sheffield. It reflects how we work – we base our teams locally, our people grow up, live and work here, and we know the geography of the area and build our supply chain around local knowledge. When you combine that with our international capabilities such as we drew on to create Leeds Arena, it’s a powerful formula."
The kind of firms BAM employs includes those providing bricklaying, groundworks, carpentry, metalworks, plastering, drylining, landscaping, flooring, electrical, joinery, windows, and glazing, among others.
Mr Pollard's fellow construction director, John Phillips, led the Leeds Arena and previously won a construction manager of the year award for his work on the £100million redevelopment of Hull’s St Stephen’s Shopping Centre.
“BAM delivers a large range of schemes - industrial projects, commercial, health, education and retail; it’s a demanding range. That’s why we place so much emphasis on the quality of our sub-contractors. Our range of projects creates expertise and depth and adds to our problem solving skills. Fundamentally, we have a robust supply chain on our doorstep and can build anything.” John Phillips, Construction Director
Across Yorkshire, the company has placed 22 apprentices through its recent National Skills Academy status. It hands over all five of its South Yorkshire schemes this year, four of them this summer. Over the past 12 months, BAM’s Yorkshire team volunteered over 1600 hours of their time raising money for charities.
Local firms to benefit from BAM’s approach include: Jewers Doors which worked on Sheffield’s new fire stations, due for completion in the summer; Abacus Playgrounds, provider of specialist surfacing for Shirecliffe School which BAM handed over to the City Council last year; LX Engineering, which had a major contract at Maltby Academy, and Hambleton Steel which supplied the Advance Blade Casting Facility in Rotherham. More Sheffield-based firms include designers Jefferson Sheard, mechanical installer Shepherd Engineering, metalwork firm Dearneside fabrications and Orona Ltd which supplies lifts.