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New contracts reach a record level at Bernard Ward


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Business continues to boom for Peterborough-based building contractor Bernard Ward Limited. In June the company secured contracts worth a record £5.6 million and it now expects to increase its annual turnover 30 per cent more than previously forecast.

Bernard Ward, which also has offices in Cambridge, is Peterborough’s largest privately owned building contractor and specialises in construction work for local authorities, NHS Trusts, schools and colleges. Earlier this year the company reported winning contracts totalling £6 million. It has now secured five substantial new contracts which will boost the company’s turnover to £14 million this year from a previously anticipated £10.5 million.

Steven Downes, managing director of Bernard Ward Limited at a new development at Peterborough College of Adult Education in Brook Street


The five new contracts include phase two of an extension at Clayton Special School in Peterborough for Peterborough City Council, a new development at Cambridge’s Religious Library and a major works at the Gordon Fendick Junior School in Wisbech.

Two contracts have also been won in adjacent counties including the development of a new sports facility at Bedford College and a project for Leicester County Council to build a dining facility at Market Bosworth High School.

The company won the contracts against fierce competition because of its ability to competitively tender and its approach of working with design teams providing advice to help overcome obstacles and smooth the early phases of a project.

“This has been a tremendous year for us,” said Steven Downes, managing director of Bernard Ward. “We very much focus on providing the best possible customer service and through the careful recruitment of professional staff and the setting up of an additional office in Cambridge our ability to deliver this has really excelled. This has become very apparent with this recent influx of business.

“Despite this current success we are still very eager to continue our organic growth and more importantly to continue to work closely with our existing and past clients.”

Bernard Ward employs over 50 people and specialises in construction work for schools, colleges and healthcare as well as commercial and industrial projects.

July 2003

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