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The UK's top site managers of 2009 are named by NHBC

The UK's best site managers have been named in the finals of NHBC's Pride in the Job Awards. Four winners scooped the top award from more than 13,000 entrants, having maintained consistently high standards during the year-long judging process.

These individuals, who are at the top of their trade, have been selected for consistency, expertise and exceptionally high standards of site management. Winning sites will now fly the Pride in the Job flag on their site, a hallmark of a successful site and a good indication that those homes have been constructed to an excellent standard making it one of the best in the UK today.

Four winners were selected one in each category of: large builder, medium builder, small builder and multi-storey builder. This year's winners include the first Supreme Winner from Northern Ireland in 15 years, plus two winners return from last year to secure their reign.

The overall winners in each builder category are:

  • Large builder category: 
    In the large builder category, David Bullock of Persimmon Homes Wales secured the top award for his development at Wyncliffe Gardens in Cardiff. David is the reigning Supreme Winner and not only has he maintained last years' winning standards, but according to the judges, he's taken them even higher.

  • Medium builder category:
    Tony Armson of William Davis Ltd takes the title in the medium builder category for his development at Cawston Fields, Cawston in Rugby in which Tony has continued to improve the standards on site. The judges were impressed with his exceptional attention to detail demonstrated across all trades on site. William Davis Ltd celebrate a double win with a runner up in the same category.

  • Small builder category:
    Philip McCullough of Dunlop Homes Ltd takes the award for Supreme Winner in the small builder category making him the first winner from Northern Ireland in 15 years. His development consists of high specification detached properties with a mix of brick, render and stonework on the external elevations. The judges were particularly amazed with the high quality of the internal finishes and the organisation on site.

  • Multi-storey builder category:
    Lou Apcevski of Ballymore Properties Ltd scoops the multi-storey award in what is a complex category. This vast site consists of a hotel and both social and private use dwellings in a town centre location. Lou demonstrated to the judges an intricate knowledge of all aspects of the build. The external wall detailing is second to none and it's clear that Lou lives and breathes his job as a site manager.

Announcing the awards today, NHBC Chief Executive, Imtiaz Farookhi, says: "Despite the economic downturn and its impact on the sector, we have been struck by just how many site managers have maintained their high standards and commitment to building quality new homes.

"Winners have exceeded in producing excellent standards despite unprecedented pressure, challenges and uncertainty, which is testament to their skills and dedication. It's an honour to reward them with the ultimate industry accolade."

Awards were also presented to runners-up in each of the builder categories:

  • Large category - Bill Hughes of Miller Homes North West Ltd for his site Scholars Way, St Helens in Merseyside and returns as a Pride in the Job runner-up having been crowned Supreme Winner for four consecutive years from 2003-2006.
  • Medium category - Martin Bottomley of William Davis Ltd for his site Morledge, Matlock in Derbyshire which secures a category win for William Davis Ltd with a Supreme Winner and Runner-up. 
  • Small category - Raphael Condon of Wilburn Homes Ltd for his site Braes of Balnagowan in Nethy Bridge and is the only finalist representing Scotland.
  • Multistorey category - Bob Burgess of Barratt Bristol for his site The Zone, Temple Quay in Bristol returns as a Pride in the Job finalist with 10 awards under his belt dating back almost 30 years.

Visit our Pride in the Job website for more details.


News Date: 10/01/10