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Pride in the Job regional winners demonstrate the quality of UK housebuilding

The first round of Regional Winners for NHBC's 32nd annual Pride in the Job Awards have been announced for London and the South East.

Four site managers were recognised as the region's winners across the categories of Large, Medium, Multi-storey and Single Plot - the first year this latter category has been awarded.

The NHBC Pride in the Job Awards are the most sought after accolades in the industry dedicated to house-building site management in the UK. They reward site managers for the unique contribution they make to the house building process, delivering high quality homes and directing projects from start to finish.

Over the next two months NHBC will award a further 32 Regional Winners in eight ceremonies across the UK.

London and the South East's Regional Winners included:

  • Geoff Turner (53) from Marlow, Bucks, of Pinner-based building firm Howarth Homes, who was recognised in the Medium Builder category for site-managing Paradigm Housing Association's new development, Minet Drive in Hayes.
  • Gary Newsome (34) from Hillingdon in Middlesex, of Watford-based Barratt North London, who won the Large Builder category for overseeing the build of the historic high-specification Bentley Priory development in Stanmore, Middlesex. Bentley Priory was a working RAF base until January 2008, and previously home to RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain.
  • Marcus Blake (41) from Chiswick, of Fulham-based St George South London, who took the title in the Multi-storey category for his work on St George's exclusive build, The Tower, at St George Wharf in Vauxhall, London. Marcus previously won the national title in NHBC's Health and Safety Awards in 2011.
  • Simon Morganti (41) from Chertsey in Surrey, of Esher-based Royalton Ltd, who became the first ever Single Plot Regional Winner in the category's debut year, for building a luxury £50m home, Red Lodge in Englefield Green, Surrey. The exclusive area boasts various celebrity residents and royalty.

Neil Jefferson, Customer and Business Development Director for NHBC, congratulated the winners:

"At a time where building levels still remain low, this first round of winners from London and the South East have demonstrated that attention to detail and commitment to quality in house-building remains high across both private and public developments. I wish them luck for the national final."

Along with the champions from eight other UK regions, the winners from London and the South East now progress to Pride in the Job's Supreme Gala event, being held in London in January, to find the UK's Supreme Winner in their respective categories.

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News Date: 10/09/12