A 130-YEAR-OLD Barnsley-based construction company responsible for some of the area's best known buildings has secured itself another top contract.

CD Potter, which was established in the late 1800s, has secured a £1.2million contract to refurbish the existing maternity suite at Barnsley Hospital.

The business, which employs 18, counts Hoyland Town Hall, the Hillsborough Memorial in Sheffield and the former SR Gent factories among its well-known builds.

The firm has had a record year with turnover increasing from £2million to £3.4million, largely due to a growing number of schools and NHS contracts.

The schools market now accounts for 50 per cent of the company's orders.

"These have been a tough few years in the construction industry but CD Potter is definitely bucking the trend," explained director Chris Barrow, who is marking his 30th year with the company.

"We're going head-to-head with much larger construction businesses on tenders and we're winning them.

"We've been working on public sector contracts for decades - our reputation is first class and altogether it's standing us in very good stead."

The new contract at Barnsley Hospital will see CD Potter undertake a 20-week programme to refurbish existing facilities, construct a new birthing suite and create a place for relatives to stay.