Meet our Spotlight Partners: PDR Construction

Meet our Spotlight Partners: PDR Construction

We recently held a coffee and cake afternoon for our Spotlight Partners, who generously donate £950 +VAT or more a year to support our programme of cutting-edge drama and inclusive community engagement.

Taking place on our first floor, representatives attended from Rollits, For Entrepreneurs Only, PDR Construction, Humberside Airport, Alessandro Caruso Architecture and Unite the Union, as well as Natasha Barley, Director of our partner organisation, Hull Children’s University.

Whilst they were here, we took the opportunity to chat to them about their businesses and why they chose to become a Spotlight Partner. In this interview we speak to Darren Kilvington, Estimating Director at PDR Construction.


Hi, Darren. First off, can you tell us a bit about the company?

PDR Construction is based in Hessle and also has a London office, as we work on projects nationwide.

We’re a local employer with around forty staff in East Yorkshire, plus another forty across the UK. Our services cover the residential, office, retail, health, education, industrial, hotel and leisure sectors, and the relationships we’ve built with customers stretch over two decades.

We are a trusted, privately owned, medium-sized contractor, continually demonstrating our ability to deliver quality with a commercial edge that has previously been missing from our sector. This is our 25th year and we’re still a family business. During this time, we’ve built out projects in excess of £0.6 billion.


Why did PDR Construction decide to become a Spotlight Partner?

Our Managing Director, Paul Dransfield, has always had an interest in the arts. Hull Truck Theatre is a high-profile venue that plays a large role in improving wellbeing and encouraging people to develop their creative skill set.

As a Spotlight Partner, we benefit from increasing our brand’s reach through a regular feature in the season brochures, helping us to access a broader spectrum of people across the region. We’ve also been especially impressed with Hull Truck Theatre’s collaboration with Hull Independent Cinema, which greatly increases the accessibility of thought-provoking movies that people may otherwise not come across.

Whilst our sponsorship greatly supports the theatre and the local community, we appreciate the value that it adds to our corporate social responsibility activities, as well as the knowledge that we’re helping a strong cultural brand to thrive.

You can find out more about PDR Construction at and follow them on Twitter.


Become a Spotlight Partner

If your organisation would like to develop its brand identity and CSR activity whilst directly supporting Hull Truck Theatre and the local community, please get in touch with Davide Calogero, Director of Development, on 01482 488294 or email We’re also part of the Catalyst: Evolve programme, which means that every pound you give is matched by Arts Council England. 

Spotlight Partners receive the following benefits over 12 months, available from £950 +VAT:

  • 10 VIP TICKETS & HOSPITALITY: Enjoy the VIP experience at a Hull Truck Theatre produced show of your choice, including pre-show drinks, the best seats in the house, and the opportunity to meet our creative team. Ideal for entertaining clients or marking a family celebration.
  • 10 COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS: Make theatre part of your cultural life with an annual allocation of 10 Band B tickets for a Hull Truck Theatre production of your choice, which can be used at your convenience. Perfect for social events or staff rewards.
  • 35 BE THE BRIDGE TICKETS: 35 tickets will be donated in your name to our Give the Gift of Theatre scheme, enabling schools and community groups in disadvantaged areas of Hull and East Yorkshire to access our Christmas production. A meaningful way to give something back to your local area.
  • 2 OPENING NIGHT TICKETS: Enjoy the opening night experience for all Hull Truck Theatre productions. Ideal for business-to-business networking, raising your brand profile and seeing the shows first.

Opportunities also exist for longer term arrangements for naming parts of the building, offering maximum visibility to 50,000 audience members a year. For more information about corporate packages and relationships, please contact Davide Calogero on 01482 488294 or email