Highly Commended Award won at CIBSE Yorkshire Apprentice Ball.


It is with great pleasure that we announce Isabelle Hessey has won a highly commended award following her nomination as CIBSE Yorkshire Apprentice of the year. Although she did not win the category over all, the decision was too close to call and the judges felt it necessary to acknowledge her achievements. Richard Oadley and Darren Jones have been mentoring Isabelle on one of our largest projects to date in Barnsley Town Centre.


“Isabelle has certainly made the project team working alongside her very proud and is very much a credit to the company. She is dedicated, conscientious, hardworking and helpful; gaining the best practice and industry knowledge on offer to her on every job. It has been a delight to mentor her through her HND/HNC at Leeds College of Building and I have no doubts that she will be very successful in the construction Industry.” – Richard Oadley, Contracts Manager


Well Done from all at H E Barnes!

Project Snowdrop- Bringing the Construction Industry Together

Our team at H E Barnes have provided Electrical services for an office relocation for Snowdrop Project which includes small power, fire alarm alterations, new LED luminaires, emergency lighting and commissioning. Working in conjunction with John Lewis, we have created an inviting lounge area for service users to enjoy with mood lighting and comfortable seating arrangements. It has been an amazing opportunity to be involved with Snowdrop Project knowing that our time and efforts will be appreciated by those in need of new start.

We were then invited to a thank you evening alongside our colleagues from the South Yorkshire Construction Community and retailers who had donated materials and furniture.

Anyone wanting to know more about the fantastic work Snowdrop undertakes, please visit their website: www.snowdropproject.co.uk

SFSY Brings the Next Wave of Innovation to H E Barnes

Superfast South Yorkshire Connection and Innovation Vouchers Scheme provide eligible SMEs with funding to improve their broadband connections and/or introduce digital innovations into the business.

H E Barnes received funding towards the implementation of a new fully integrated IT solution which manages the life cycle of a construction project. The solution is built on the latest technology platform which will enable further software development and support future growth.

The solution allows H E Barnes to deliver services successfully and safely to clients, allows the business to manage, measure and monitor business performance as well as individual contracts, improves the procurement processes and reduces inefficiencies, enhancing productivity.

H E Barnes has received funding from The Sheffield City Region European Regional Development fund (ERDF), part of the European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) portfolio 2015 to 2020.

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.