Site managers working for local homebuilder Barratt Homes, whose subsidiaries include Fernwood builders David Wilson Homes, have been commended in a national competition to find the best-run building sites in Britain.
Four site managers employed by the Nottingham-based developer have been named as recipients of the prestigious annual National House-Building Council (NHBC) Pride in the Job Quality Award.
The Pride in the Job Quality Awards are the most coveted in the homebuilding industry. They are awarded after the construction standard setting body, the NHBC, carries out a series of spot check site inspections to select the best-organised and best-quality housing developments.
Almost 13,000 site managers throughout the UK were judged on every aspect of their job, including technical skill, quality workmanship, customer service and site safety. Only 400 Pride in the Job Awards are given each year, so the recognition puts Site Managers in the top three percent of their industry.
Site managers working for Barratt Group have won the highest number of Pride in the Job Quality Awards for an unprecedented eighth consecutive year.
This national recognition comes just weeks after the division was awarded an official five-star rating for customer satisfaction by the Home Builders Federation for the third consecutive year.
Martin Rose, 47 picked up his third consecutive award win, for his work at Fernwood Village just outside Newark. This latest commendation adds to a number of customer care and site manager awards in his six-year working life with Barratt.
For 60-year-old Roy Eyre this latest honour was his eighth Pride in the Job Award. Having worked with the company for 27 years, he’s been commended for his work at The Grange in Mansfield. It joins a number of other awards which named him one of the top 100 site managers in the region.
He said, “The dedication of our team at The Grange has enabled us to deliver a high quality product. It really has been a team effort and we’re glad that everyone’s motivation at this site has paid off!”
Mark Dowdall, 46, picked up his third consecutive award win for his workmanship at Manor Farm in Lincoln. Last year, Manor Farm went on to the next stage of the national awards and won a Seal of Excellence award too. This latest accolade will accompany a string of in-house awards including ‘site manager of the year.’
Mark said, “Everyone is so friendly at Manor Farm, which has lead to great communication and being very conscientious about the job in hand. I think that this is the key to us being extremely successful at this development.”
He said, “The management of people is extremely important to get the best out of all trades on site and at the end of it we produce an exceptionally high quality product to the customer. We’re always going the extra mile and it’s fantastic that our hard work and dedication has paid off.”
And finally, 65 year old Tom Jones, who has 40 years experience in the construction industry, was commended for his workmanship at Bridon Place in Retford. He said, “We’ve got a fantastic team on site including a number of local tradesmen who are committed to ensuring the new homes here will be built to the very highest of standards.”
“Everyone pays great attention to detail which results in fantastic builds and we’re very pleased that all our efforts have been officially recognised by the NHBC.”
Rob Hutchings, Construction Director at Barratt Homes, said: “This is an outstanding result for Barratt East Midlands.
“The official recognition of Roy, Mark, Martin and Tom’s workmanship confirms that Barratt Homes is building some of the best housing developments throughout the East Midlands.
“The site manager plays a pivotal role in delivering the high-quality new homes that Barratt are renowned for building and so we are delighted that four of our site managers have been commended in these annual honours.
“As a local homebuilder, we are committed to operating at the highest possible levels and we plan to deliver hundreds more homes of exceptional quality throughout the East Midlands in the next 12 months.”
All four site managers will now go forward to the final round of the competition which will select the best site manager in Britain.
* Pic: Barratt Homes Site Managers (l-r) Tom Jones, Martin Rose, Roy Eyre and Mark Dowdall