NPS Barnsley is in the running for two prestigious awards – one for successfully breathing new life into a disused historic building and a second for its efforts to further employee development.
Our Barnsley office is shortlisted in the Building Conservation category for the RICS Awards 2019, Yorkshire & Humber area, for its work transforming a building on the Elescar heritage site.
NPS Barnsley had a budget of just £250,000 to sensitively restore the building, successfully converting it to six commercial units. Work was undertaken by AD Copley and designed by NPS Barnsley.
The finished article is a triumph, with all units fully-let and 20 new jobs created, including a creative photography business and a bridal boutique. Revenue generated is helping reduce the site’s reliance on local government funds.
The industrial village of Elsecar was built from the mid-18th century onwards and, in its heyday, featured an ironworks, workshops and even a private railway station built for Earl Fitzwilliam.
The project was fraught with problems as once work was underway it exposed a seriously poor state of construction with failing roof structure and weak masonry walls. Original materials were reused and additional supplies sourced from local reclamation yards to create a striking feature.
At one point, building collapse was a real risk, but the vital asset is now restored to its former glory, preserving a building that is integral to the make-up and physical coherency of the site.
Our Barnsley office has also been shortlisted in the category of Commitment to Employee Training & Development at the G4C (Generation 4 Change) Awards 2019.
Managing Director of NPS Barnsley, Karen Temple, said: “When NPS Barnsley was created, our challenge was to maintain, create and support jobs in Barnsley. We’ve done so much more than that. Our staff are our business and we provide a supportive working environment where training and personal development mean that staff can truly realise their potential.
“We’ve achieved financial success and great people success, but we’ve also positively impacted community wellbeing, empowerment and resilience by engaging our people locally in making a difference to the things that matter most.
“We not only look at the traditional trades like plumbing and bricklaying, but roles in disciplines like quantity surveying, project management and design engineering too. We want to develop the architects, engineers, joiners and bricklayers of the future.
“We have made a clear commitment to ensure that we are seen as an employer of choice, one that makes a difference to the local community and economy, and one that recognizes and promotes staff as our greatest asset.”
G4C winners will be announced at a ceremony for the Yorkshire and Humber region in Sheffield on March 8 and winners of the RICS awards will be announced in Leeds on May 17.