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On Friday 15 January 2016, the UK’s best new home site managers were honoured at the annual NHBC Pride in the Job gala event.
The Pride in the Job competition is the UK home-building industry’s equivalent of the Oscars. Running for 35 years, it recognises the unique personal contribution new home site managers make in the creation of UK homes of outstanding quality.
Every year thousands of site managers (circa 15,000 in 2015) are judged for the quality of construction and finish on new home development sites across the UK at every stage of the build process. They must also demonstrate excellent leadership, technical expertise, robust health and safety processes and a certain ‘X’ factor to set them apart from the competition.
Winning a Pride in the Job Supreme Award is the ultimate accolade – only five are awarded each year – and for many of the winning site managers it’s the pinnacle of their career, like “reaching the holy grail” according to one former winner!
Receiving the ultimate accolade and judged to be managing the best quality sites in the UK were:
Single Home Builder – David Barratt of D F Barratt Ltd – site at Ivy House, Darlington
Small Builder – Michael Thomas of South Meadow Homes Ltd – site at Gibba’s Way (Phase 3), Pembroke
Medium Builder – Steve Walker of C G Fry & Son Ltd – site at North East Quadrant, Dorchester
Multi-storey Builder – Paul Dunnett of Berkeley Homes (South East London) Ltd – site at Saffron Square, Croydon
Large Builder – Kirk Raine of David Wilson Homes Mercia – site at Webbs Meadow, Telford
And the runners-up in each category were:
The competition is divided into five catgeories, determined by the size of the business the site manager works for. All site managers building homes registered for NHBC Buildmark warranty cover are included, whether they work for builders developing a single home or a large multi-national working on a complex high-rise development.
There are four levels of award to be won:
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