Best site managers in the UK named at house-building industry ‘Oscars’

Five exceptional housebuilding site managers have today been recognised for building homes of the highest standard, beating around 15,000 others to be named as the UK’s Supreme Winners during the NHBC Pride in the Job Awards 2014 gala final.

The Awards are run by NHBC (National House-Building Council), the UK’s leading warranty provider and standards setter for new-build homes. They are dedicated to recognising site managers who oversee housing projects from start to finish. They have the greatest impact on driving up quality standards on site for the ultimate benefit of homeowners.

The winners of the competition’s five builder categories are the best site managers in the UK working on projects registered for warranty with NHBC, which covers around 80 percent of the new home insurance market. They received their awards at a black-tie event in Westminster, London, hosted by comedian John Bishop.

The winners are:

  • Rob Summers of Redrow Homes South Wales won the Large Builder category for Cwm Calonl in Penallta Road, Ystrad Mynach Hengoed. Rob has worked in construction for 33 years, since leaving school at 16 to become a plasterer. He moved into site management in his late thirties.
  • Damian Bates of Berkeley Homes (South East London) Ltd was names as the Multi-storey Builder category winner for One Tower Bridge in Southwark, London. Damian has worked in house building for 14 years, moving from design into building and site management.
  • Stuart Gillespie of Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Ltd took the Medium Builder category title for the second year in a row, defending his 2013 title. The three-time Supreme Award winner was victorious for managing the build of Greenan Views in Doonfoot, Ayr. Stuart began his career at Mactaggart & Mickel 24 years ago as an apprentice joiner, working his way up into site management.
  • Derek Ratcliffe of Landex Living was took the title in the Small Builder category for Park Gate in Ipswich, Suffolk. A veteran of the industry with a career so far spanning 41 years, he started out as an apprentice carpenter in 1973.
  • Shaun Forrester of J J Lattimer won the Single Home category for Greensyke Lane in Dalston, Carlisle. Shaun has worked in construction for 25 years, working as a joiner with his father before joining J J Lattimer in 1995.

Mike Quinton, NHBC Chief Executive, said:

“NHBC exists to drive up standards in new-build housing, and the Pride in the Job Awards have been an integral part of that mission for nearly 35 years. Site managers play a central part in the success of any project, but the benchmark for success rises each year. Our champions beat an incredible number of others to win the title, and can justifiably claim to be among the best in the business.”

The runners-up were:

  • Large – Simon Jones – BDW Homes Mercia – Woodthorne, Wergs Rd, Wolverhampton
  • Multi-storey – Andy Shaw – Taylor Wimpey Midlands – Diglis Water, Dock Rd, Worcester
  • Medium – Gregg Taylor – Morris Homes (North) Ltd – Edgewater Park, Warrington
  • Small – Alan Lynas – Porter & Co – Farriers Green, Hillsborough, Co. Down
  • Single Home – Indi Hothi – CISSH Property Group – 9 Rambler Lane, Slough