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Local builders in the Scotland Region deliver quality homes through economic downturn

NHBC's annual Pride in the Job awards show that despite the recession, uncertainty about public spending and the toughest market conditions for decades, new homes continue to be built to the highest standards in Scotland.

Pride in the Job was launched by NHBC in 1980 to recognise the best site managers throughout the UK. As the competition celebrates its 30th anniversary, its importance in helping to raise standards in the construction of new homes has never been more relevant.

After 18 months of rigorous judging by NHBC Inspectors and Regional Directors, the winners of the 10 Seals of Excellence and four Regional titles were announced at the Hilton in Glasgow on 1 October 2010.  The Regional Winners now go through to compete for the ultimate accolade - the Pride in the Job Supreme Awards to be announced in January.

Scotland Regional Winner in the Large Builder Category:

Patrick Malyn from Bo'ness has been with Miller Homes for eight years, but has a wealth of experience, having spent more than 20 years in site management and over 30 years in the industry. Last year, Patrick was awarded his first ever Pride in the Job Quality Award and says he's delighted to have been recognised again this year for the same development, Clough Mill in Innerleithen. As a site manager, Patrick says he enjoys guiding the various trades to achieve best practice and high standards at all times.

Scotland Regional Winner in the Medium Builder Category:

Steve Lyon from Auchleven in Insch, knows a thing or two about building quality homes, as his father, Bert Lyon, was recognised four times with a Pride in the Job Supreme Award and given a Special Recognition award at the same event. Steve, is well on his way to following in his footsteps with a Pride in the Job Quality Award every year from 2006 as well as a Seal of Excellence from 2006-08. Steve says the best thing about the job is seeing happy customers when you hand over the keys.

Scotland Regional Winner in the Small Builder Category:

Stuart Gillespie from Wishaw has spent the entirety of his 20 year career with Mactaggart and Mickel Group and takes this award for his development at Marr Meadows, for which he also received a Pride in the Job Quality Award last year.

Stuart considers himself to be a good team player and says he motivates the team to get the best results and keeps the site running smoothly.

Scotland Regional Winner in the Multi-storey Category:

Scott Brown from Glenrothes in Fife is a relative newcomer with just six years in site management, but has been awarded a Pride in the Job Quality Award for the last three years, reaching Seal of Excellence and Regional Winner this year. These awards recognise his outstanding contribution on his development at Telford Crewe Road South in Edinburgh. As site manager, Scott says he enjoys the challenge and witnessing the final product.

NHBC's Regional Director for Scotland, Malcolm MacLeod, said: "Pride in the Job tests a site manager's commitment to quality. Only those who demonstrate exceptional standards in every aspect of their work on site and in the homes they build will succeed.

"NHBC's winners in Scotland have proved their commitment to excellence having been selected from almost 13,000 site managers across the UK. As well as carrying out spot checks of the day-to-day running of the site, each site manager is assessed across 38 areas of site management including their technical knowledge, consistency in the build process, leadership and organisational skills.

"Quality construction is the product of hard work, planning, leadership and technical expertise and I am delighted that as we celebrate 30 years of Pride in the Job, site managers in this region remain committed to making sure their customers buy homes of the highest quality. They are doing a great job in extremely challenging times.

"NHBC is proud to be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the industry's only competition that rewards and recognises the work of site managers."

News Date: 01/10/10