Orders placed with firms in South Yorkshire have just passed £50 million in the past three years – from a single construction company.

BAM Construction – which is behind two current projects for Barnsley College, Sheffield’s Birley and Parkway fire stations, Graves Leisure Centre in Sheffield and the Don Valley Hub – has revealed that it has generated the huge local economic benefits as part of its recent construction work.

BAM’s Advance Blade Casting Facility for Rolls-Royce in Rotherham, which opened recently
“Over 140 local companies have benefited from working with BAM in this short time. Our projects have included the Arts Tower for Sheffield University, a laboratory rationalisation scheme for the NHS Northern General, Maltby Academy, and the Advance Blade Casting Facility for Rolls Royce.”

Kelvin Pollard

Construction Director

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.

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.

Sheffield University, a laboratory rationalisation scheme