National champions take pride of place for building exceptional homes

Five top site managers were named as the UK’s Supreme Winners last Friday during the NHBC Pride in the Job Awards gala final, winning house-building’s most coveted accolades for building homes of the highest standard.

Pride in the Job is the only UK-wide competition dedicated to recognising the exceptional people on the ground who oversee housing projects from start to finish. The Awards have been run by NHBC (National House-Building Council) – the UK’s leading warranty provider and standards setter for new-build homes – for over three decades, and have been instrumental in driving up standards in new home construction.

The winners of the competition’s five builder categories are the best site managers in the UK working on projects registered with NHBC, which covers around 80 percent of the new home warranty market. The category champions beat approximately 15,000 others to take home a national title, receiving their awards at a black-tie event hosted by comedian Al Murray.

The winners are:

  • Daren Clark of Taylor Wimpey North Midlands was won the Large Builder category for Bluebell Croft in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Daren joined Mclean Homes, now part of Taylor Wimpey, as an apprentice carpenter aged 16, moving in to site management at 20. Winning his first Supreme title, he has since won 18 Pride in the Job Awards at all levels.
  • Scott Brown of Miller Homes Ltd won the Multi-storey Builder category for overseeing the construction of Varcity in Edinburgh, on the site of the old Telford College near Fettes. He has now won 16 Pride in the Job awards, going one better than last year’s runner-up spot to take his category’s crown.
  • Stuart Gillespie of Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Ltd took the Medium Builder category title for building Greenan Views in Doonfoot, reclaiming the title he won in 2011. Stuart began his career at Mactaggart & Mickel 22 years ago as an apprentice joiner, working his way up into site management.
  • George Lattimer of family firm Lattimer Homes was victorious in the Small Builder category for an unprecedented ninth time, for James Duffield Close in Workington, Cumbria. Pride in the Job’s most prolific winner, George has well over 50 awards to his name accumulated during his 24 year career.
  • Chris Brinton of Churchill Retirement Living Ltd won the Single Home category for Watton’s Farm in New Milton, Hampshire. Chris started work in the building industry 29 years ago as a labourer and bricklayer. He has site managed for Churchill for the last twelve.

Mike Quinton, NHBC Chief Executive, said:

“Pride in the Job is something we at NHBC are incredibly proud of. Site managers are pivotal to the success of any project, and rewarding them through Pride in the Job is one of the most important things we do each year. The Awards has driven up standards in new home construction right across the UK for over three decades, and the benchmark for success rises year on year as entrants battle to be the best. The field of competition is huge, so winning is a definitive mark of success.”

The runners-up were:

  • Large – Mark Summersgill – BDW North East – Elba Park, Chester Le Street
  • Medium – Stephen Walker – C G Fry and Son Ltd – Poundbury, Dorchester
  • Small – Andrew Dawson – Risby Homes – St Helen’s Garth, Welton, E.Yorks
  • Single Home – John Cuffe – Octagon Developments – Stormont Rd, Highgate
  • Multi-storey – Bob Burgess – Barratt Homes Bristol – The Zone ND10, Bristol

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