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Local builders in the South West 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 the South West.

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Pride in the Job was launched by NHBC in 1980 to recognise the best site managers throughout the UK. As the awards celebrate 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 15 Seals of Excellence and four Regional Winners were announced at the Winter Gardens in Weston-super-Mare on 22 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.

South West Regional Winner in the Large Builder Category:

Mike Crawford from Ivybridge in Devon is a relative newcomer with just seven years in site management, which has seen him receive 10 Pride in the Job awards, including Supreme runner-up in 2006. Construction is something that's clearly a family affair for Mike, with his father and brother not only in the same industry, but in the same business - Taylor Wimpey. Mike, whose current development is Warleigh Village in Plymouth, says he loves the recognition of Pride in the Job and is addicted to the buzz of winning awards.

South West Regional Winner in the Medium Builder Category:

Stephen Carr from Weymouth is a new face to Pride in the Job, receiving his first Quality Award, Seal of Excellence and Regional Winner awards this year. Stephen has been a site manager since joining his current firm C G Fry and Son, 10 years ago. One of the things Stephen enjoys most about his work is the differing styles of housing on his current development Poundbury in Dorchester.

South West Regional Winner in the Small Builder Category:

Tony Boulter from Truro has been in the construction industry since leaving school and formed his own building firm in 1973, before forming his present company, Boulter Smith Ltd, in 1980. Tony says he enjoys the personal satisfaction of producing quality homes on his development, School Hill in Truro, and the feeling that his hard work and efforts have paid off with a Pride in the Job award.

South West Regional Winner in the Multi-storey Category:

Nigel Johnson from Bracknell has been in the building industry for over 28 years, 20 of which spent as a site manager. With a passion for DIY in his spare time, Nigel has set an example for son Jack, who has followed in his father's footsteps, with both working for Barratt North London. Nigel, whose award is for current site, Eclipse in Berkshire, says he enjoys the challenges that each project brings as well as working with ever changing products and materials.

NHBC's Regional Director for the South West Region, Jim Lyons, 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.

"The winners in the NHBC South West Region 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: 25/10/10