GBH Utilities played a “trusted” role in the completion of the £27m Darton College in Barnsley according to Peter Spencer - developer Laing O’Rourke’s Mechanical Services Manager on site...

“Obviously in the current climate cost is always a key element”, says Peter, “and we do go out to tender - but trust and flexibility are what make GBH stand out”.

Darton is part of a £1bn Building Schools for the Future programme in Barnsley; much more than a school, the completed development offers a central hub for the local community - catering for some 1200 pupils by day and utilising a magnificent central atrium for performances or social/community events during the evening or school holidays.

Outstanding Facilities

Opened in March 2011, Peter says key features include the provision of outstanding sports facilities, boasting football pitches to Sports England standard, rugby and cricket pitches, netball/basketball courts, tennis courts and an indoor sports hall...

GBH connected gas and water mains from the energy centre/boiler house which feeds the building’s external mains and GBH MD Trevor Davies says the company’s GIRS full accreditation definitely helped move things along more efficiently:-

“It was a complex project”says Trevor, “not least of which were the requirements for different water feeds - the facility needs laboratory water, sprinkler systems water, drinking water and even rainwater collection for recycling for toiletsand such like - but we take it all in our stride!”

Pro-active and Helpful

Peter Spencer says GBH are partners in solving problems and creating solutions:- “Anyone in my role will tell you that most contracts throw up the unexpected 20% of “fiddly bits” and that’s where GBH are both pro-active and helpful on late revisions. Where some other contractors will reach for the calculator when bits and pieces of extras are required, GBH just get on with the job.

If they say they’re going to do something they do it - we always know where we stand with the GBH team and if there is any hiccup they never throw the toys out of the pram… It’s always ‘Here’s the issue, here’s how we can sort it. No problem’.

On a big site like this, that’s the level of service we need!”