We are delighted to announce that three of our site managers are amongst the winners of the first round of the National House Building Council’s (NHBC) Pride in the Job Awards. Just 450 site managers, out of a possible 11,000, have been selected with Mick Lee, Max Perrin and Keith Gazzard from our Eastern and Western regions being recognised for achieving the very highest standards in housebuilding.
For the last 40 years the NHBC, the UK’s leading new home warranty and insurance provider, has been awarding Pride in the Job Awards to site managers. There is a rigorous judging process, that looks at best practice and delivery, specifically focusing on six key areas; consistency, attention to detail, leadership, interpretation of drawings and specifications, technical expertise and health and safety.
Here is what our site managers think to winning a Pride in the Job Award.
Max Perrin, site manager at Oakthorpe in Peterborough
“I have been a site manager with Kier for 14 years and the development I currently work on is Oakthorpe which offers a selection of 1,2,3 & 4 bedroom homes for first time buyers, movers and also those that want the quieter pace of life on a weekend but commute to London mid-week, as you can get to Kings Cross in under an hour.
“If I had to summarise what makes an effective site manager, it would be good project management and people skills. My role is all about co-ordinating site activities so they come together with the outcome of providing quality houses that our customers are proud to call home.
“I am thrilled to have been awarded the prestigious NHBC Pride in the Job Award. This is the 4th NHBC award we have won across the three phases at Oakthorpe and I would also like to pass on my thanks to our supply chain, as without them our homes wouldn’t happen. Now more than ever we have had to work together to make our working environment a safe place. We have to respect social distancing measures and change the way we work to minimise risk but also deliver for our customers”.
Mick Lee, project manager at Elsea Park, Lincolnshire
“Being a site manager is a hugely rewarding job – from the plot of land you start with to building the foundations through to new homeowners collecting their keys and stepping in to their new homes, you are a part of that whole journey.
“Even after 14 years as a site manager, it never loses its excitement when you complete a development and know you have played a part in addressing the housing shortage and created a new community.
“I am committed to delivering quality homes and to have been recognised for this, as part of the NHBC Pride in the Job Awards, is the icing on the cake!”
Keith Gazzard, site manager at Briarwood, Plymouth
“I am delighted to have won a Pride in the Job Award from the prestigious NHBC, which I firmly believe is as a result of the collaborative efforts of all involved on site. I love what I do and I have high standards as I am committed to delivering new homes for families.
“To me, what makes a good site manager is someone who always has the homeowner front of mind – it helps when challenges are presented, it keeps teams focused and drives building excellence.
“My current site at Briarwood has 2 &3 bedroom homes that are ideal for first time buyers, families and even those wanting to downsize – and I feel proud in the knowledge that I will have helped leave a lasting legacy in Oceans City.”
Find out more about the NHBC Pride in the Job Awards.