Role Profile- Isabelle Hessey (Apprentice Project Manager)

As Isabelle approaches the end of her first academic year here at H E Barnes, we thought it would be an ideal opportunity to profile her role within the company and shed some light onto the typical day of a Higher Level Apprentice Project Manager.

Isabelle is currently based on site with the Barnsley Glass works team in the city centre but as has worked on other HEB projects Dewsbury Learning Quarter and Project Oyster.

Her day to day activities usually includes dealing with a variety of project related topics that span across the delivery of a successful project. Primarily, her concerns are with Health and Safety Matters; ensuring the induction paperwork for each member of staff is completed with associated safety cards or qualifications. Isabelle has created job specific Tool Box Talks and visual task sheets for topics relating to Barnsley. Should a near miss occur, she completes near miss slips and communicates this to contracts management.

In terms of procurement, Isabelle assists in the financial control of the project; monitoring the expenditure of plant but also the contingency and cost forecasting to assist in the calculating of the project’s Profit and Loss report. She processes invoices and delivery notes for HEB accounts and places orders for materials as necessary.

When supporting the team with Supply Chain matters, Isabelle generates the minutes from progress meetings with the main contractor or subcontractors, monitors progress on site and issues drawings with the latest revisions from the Design Team, Architects or Client. She will also send out RFIs (Requests For Information) to the client and the architect, should there need to be clarification for an aspect of the scheme.

Although the list isn’t exhaustive, Isabelle has come along way from beginning her summer work experience in 2017  to the present day where she meets the expectations of our management team and the academic requirements of Leeds College of Building, which she attends each week as well as her site duties. Needless to say, she has become a vital part of our delivery team and a great asset to the company.


Adding Social Value to Contracting

As a an active member of the construction community, H E Barnes has noted the importance of social value and added value in our projects. Over the past 5 years, we have contributed over £17,000 to local charities and community projects; along with countless hours of volunteer time and knowledge shared with young people in schools and colleges across the region. The opportunities awarded to H E Barnes have generated training and job vacancies in the Yorkshire and Humberside area, with 10% of our workforce comprising of Apprentices from the surrouding community to ensure we involve local people and suppliers in the delivery of project wherever we can. We are justifiably proud of our contributions and continue to support local causes close to the hearts of our team.

Second Phase of Better Barnsley Development Under Way

H E Barnes, Working in conjunction with Henry Boot Construction and Barnsley Council, are set to commence the second phase of the promising redevelopment of Barnsley City Centre. The First wave of modernisation as provided the people of Barnsley with a light, contemporary Indoor Market with excellent links to public transport. This phase of the ‘Better Barnsley’ Programme will see the metropolitan centre demolished and replaced with new retail and leisure opportunities for local business. The total Better Barnsley scheme, combined with additional public realm improvements and a new college building, will bring the total town centre investment to £100m. As a proud South Yorkshire Electrical and Mechanical Services contractor, providing our turnkey M&E services to such an ambitious local scheme is held very high in our esteem.

HEB secure £1 Million Pound LED refit scheme with longstanding clients Blakemore Retail

With a professional relationship spanning nearly three decades, Blakemore Retail are part of the lifeblood to H E Barnes’ reactive maintenance success. That is why with great pleasure we can announce the commencement of an innovative and Eco-friendly LED lighting scheme across England and Wales. Working closely with our Supply Chain Partners has enabled HEB to procure, supply and fit Blakemore’s chosen luminaires at a competitive rate; whilst negotiating the very best warranty period and aftercare services to complete our full turnkey service.

Commendations for HEB on Sheffield Leisure Centre Project

H E Barnes have received high praise for their collaboration with the principle contractor responsible for delivering the multi million pound leisure centre ‘North Active’; benefiting the people of High Green and the surrounding areas.

Our inclusive approach to project management set us apart from other contractors and was individually recognised by Sheffield City Council, singling out in particular the Contracts Manager overseeing the job for his attention to deadlines and open contributions to facilitating design and delivery.



Blakemore Charity Ball – H E Barnes to the Point with Pen Sponsorship

The Ball, held at Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire, raised over £30,000; which could enable NSPCC visit over 3,600 children through the NSPCC Schools Service, to talk to them about abuse, help them to recognise that abuse is wrong and show them where to get help. H E Barnes hosted a table of esteemed guests from Blakemore alongside their own directors and sponsored the table pens for the event.

A ChildLine supervisor said about the Schools Service, “We took a call from a young person who is being physically abused at home. She has been trying to find the courage to tell someone for a long time, but after the NSPCC Schools Service visited her school earlier this week, she plucked up the courage to call us. ‘having someone from ChildLine visit her school helped her to realise that it’s OK to tell about what is happening to her.”

It has been a delight to be part of such a worthy cause.