Mactaggart & Mickel Group

Mactaggart & Mickel Group celebrates 520 years of service at annual awards

Mactaggart & Mickel awardFamily-owned housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel Group honoured 520 years of dedicated service by employees at its recent Long Service Awards.

The event celebrated 25 employees who have all reached milestones with the company beginning at 10 years’ service, with the longest serving member of the team clocking up an impressive 45 years’ service.

The event was a double celebration for the company as it is marking its 90th Anniversary this year. Now a fourth generation family business – a feat achieved by only 3 per cent of family run organisations in the UK.

The awards covered every area of the business from construction and manufacturing to sales and board members.

Ed Monaghan, chief executive of Mactaggart & Mickel Group, who was also recognised on the day for his 35 years’ service with the company, said: “The event was a great celebration of the entire team’s hard work. There is a real family atmosphere at Mactaggart & Mickel Group and I believe part of this is due to the loyalty and hard work demonstrated by our entire workforce.

“Events like our Long Service Awards are very important as they enable us to recognise and reward our employees who have shown so many years’ dedicated service to the company and played a role in the company’s success over the years.”

The Long Service Awards were part of a wider celebration of the company’s 90th Anniversary which included the annual Excellence Awards where staff members are rewarded for outstanding performance over the past 12 months.

Mactaggart & Mickel Group backs Glasgow School of Art with new scholarship

Derek Mickel

Derek Mickel

Mactaggart & Mickel Group has launched a new scholarship in conjunction with The Glasgow School of Art as it confirms its support for the acclaimed Glasgow institute.

Aptly named ‘The Derek Mickel Architecture Scholarship’, after the late chairman of Mactaggart & Mickel Group, the scholarship pays tribute to Derek Mickel’s lifelong connection to design and passion for nurturing young talent.

Launching during the company’s landmark 90th anniversary year, the scholarship is open to all undergraduate students studying in The Mackintosh School of Architecture at The Glasgow School of Art. It will fully fund the selected student throughout their programme of study in Architecture for three years.

Andrew Mickel, chairman of Mactaggart & Mickel Homes and son of Derek Mickel, said: “Inspired by my father’s vision and passion for architecture, this scholarship has an aim of not only supporting students but also inspiring them, helping them to realise their potential.

“We recognise and appreciate the knowledge and skill required by architects – providing support to the future generation is an honour and something we deem to be a responsibility.

“I’m really looking forward to reviewing the applications; I expect the calibre of entrants will be excellent. My father would be so proud – I hope this is the start of a lasting legacy for many future generations to come.”

Professor Christopher Platt, head of the Mackintosh School of Architecture at The Glasgow School of Art, added: “The Mackintosh School of Architecture is pleased to be working in partnership with Mactaggart & Mickel Group, known for quality and innovation in house building.

“This new scholarship will help a talented student for the duration of their course; financial pressures on our students can be considerable and this generous award will help ease the burden of undertaking a creative course of study.”

Mactaggart & Mickel Group has a long history of supporting young talent, from local teams, schools and groups to its sponsorship of Commonwealth Games hopeful, swimmer Jordan Hughes.

Private sector house building drives rise in new build completions

Margaret Burgess

Margaret Burgess

A 16 per cent increase in private-led new build homes has accounted for a large proportion of a continued rise in housing completions across the country.

Housing statistics released today by the Scottish Government shows a total of 12,188 private-led new build homes were completed in the year to end December 2014, an increase of 16 per cent (1,707 homes) on the previous year.

A total of 15,541 homes were completed in the full year to end December 2014, 4 per cent (657 homes) more than the 14,884 completions in the previous year.

During the same period a total of 3,353 social sector homes were built, a decrease of 24 per cent (1,050 homes) on the previous year. However more recent social sector data shows a substantial increase in completions for the quarter January to March 2015, resulting in a 4 per cent increase for the 12 months to March 2015 to 4,221 homes.

Total completions under the Affordable Housing Supply Programme, which reflects a broader supply of affordable homes, increased by 1 per cent to 7,069 homes in the 2014/15 financial year.

Housing minister Margaret Burgess said the figures show the Scottish Government is on track to reach its 2016 affordable homes target.

She said: “Housing is at the heart of the Scottish Government’s ambitions to create a fairer and more prosperous country and the supply of affordable housing is a key priority. I’m delighted to say we are well on track to meeting our five year target of 30,000 new homes by 2016.

“The figures for the first quarter to the end of March 2015 are positive and we will work with partners to deliver our target of 30,000 affordable homes across Scotland by next year.

“In addition, we will continue to work closely with the housing sector to support the construction of new homes across all tenures, supporting jobs in the construction industry and wider economy, and helping to strengthen communities, promote social justice and tackle inequality.”

However, Ed Monaghan, chief executive of Mactaggart & Mickel Group called for further action to maintain the upward trajectory.

He said: “The statistics released by the Scottish Government today showing a continued rise in new build completions are welcome news for the industry and can be attributed to the increasing investment from the private sector. This boost in consumer confidence can be linked to initiatives that stimulate the market such as Help to Buy (Scotland).

“This rare housing policy success has not only helped those in most need, it has also driven the industry on an upward trajectory. However now that the H2B scheme has come to an end in Scotland, more needs to be done to ensure the industry continues to prosper.  It’s important that we continue to encourage growth in the construction industry by offering housebuilder led assistance initiatives, boosting skilled employment and also through partnership working on innovative programmes in which the public sector has a vital role to play.”

Homes for Scotland said the hugely successful Help to Buy (Scotland) shared equity scheme is the catalyst behind the increase in private sector home building.

The trade body also pointed to a 22 per cent rise in the number of new homes built since 2012, the year before the scheme was introduced.

Chief executive Philip Hogg said: “Having already resulted in 5000 sales and now proven to have significantly increased housing production, the impact of Help to Buy (Scotland) is obvious for all to see.

“Not only has it stimulated the building of much needed new housing and helped people meet their aspirations to own their own home, it has also channelled investment to Scotland, supporting vital jobs and boosting the wider economy.

“Disappointingly, however, with demand resulting in early closure of the main scheme  just last week and no announcement on further support forthcoming from the Scottish Government, we now seem to be at risk of letting the opportunity to build on its success pass us by rather than capitalising on the wide-ranging social and economic benefits it has to offer.

“There is still a long way to go in addressing our country’s housing crisis but in order to harness the potential that Help to Buy (Scotland) has already demonstrated and maintain this momentum, we hope the Scottish Government acts on this clear evidence of success and provides an early signal on its intentions for a successor scheme from April 2016.”

Key Points:

New build housing

All Sectors

There were 4,210 new build homes completed between October and December 2014; 1 per cent up on the same quarter in 2013. This brings the total for the year to end December 2014 to 15,541, up 4 per cent (657 homes) compared to the 14,884 completed in the previous year.

There were 4,159 new build homes started between October and December 2014; 26 per cent up the same quarter in 2013. This brings the total for the year to end December 2014 to 16,486 which is up by 15 per cent (2,157 homes) compared to the 14,329 homes started in the previous year.

Private Sector

Between October and December 2014, 3,327 private sector led homes were completed; 8 per cent up on the same quarter in 2013. This brings the total for the year to end December 2014 to 12,188 – up by 16 per cent (1,707 homes) on the 10,481 completions in the previous year.

There were 3,311 private sector led starts between October and December 2014, 34 per cent up on the same quarter in 2013. This brings the total for the year to end December 2014 to 12,699, 19 per cent (2,019 homes) higher than the 10,680 starts in the previous year

Social Housing (Housing Association and Local Authority combined)

There were 883 social housing completions between October and December 2014; 17 per cent down on the same quarter in 2013. This brings the total for the year to end December 2014 to 3,353. This is a decrease of 24 per cent on the 4,403 completions the previous year.

Meanwhile 848 social sector homes were started between October and December 2014; 4 per cent up on the same quarter in 2013. This brings the total for the 12 months to end December 2014 to 3,787 which is 4 per cent more than the 3,649 started in the previous year.

More up-to-date figures show that, in January to March 2015, 1,677 social sector homes were completed (more than double the 809 completions in the same quarter in 2014), and 1,756 were started (up by 2 per cent on the same quarter in 2014).

Housing Association Homes

There were 614 housing association completions between October and December 2014; 22 per cent down on the same quarter in 2013. This brings the total for the year to end December 2014 to 2,386. This is a 25 per cent (790 homes) decrease on the 3,176 completions the previous year

There were 510 housing association approvals between October and December 2014; 5 per cent down on the same quarter in 2013. This brings the total for the year to end December 2014 to 2,573. This is a 4 per cent (91 homes) increase on the 2,482 approvals in the previous year.

More up-to-date figures show that, in January to March 2015, 1,334 housing association homes were completed (more than double the 656 completions in the same quarter in 2014), and 1,597 were approved (up by 4 per cent on the same quarter in 2014).

Local Authority Homes

There were 269 local authority completions between October and December 2014; 5 per cent down on the same quarter in 2013. This brings the total for the year to end December 2014 to 967. This is a 21 per cent (260 homes) decrease on the 1,227 completions the previous year.

There were 338 local authority starts between October and December 2014; 22 per cent higher than the number in the same quarter in 2013. This brings the total for the year to end December 2014 to 1,214. This is a 4 per cent (47 homes) increase on the 1,167 starts in the previous year.

More up-to-date figures show that, in January to March 2015, 343 local authority houses were completed (more than double the 153 completions in the same quarter in 2014), and 159 were started (down by 12 per cent on the same quarter in 2014).

Affordable Housing Completions

Affordable Housing Supply Programme (AHSP) statistics reflect the broader supply of affordable homes (i.e. for social rent, affordable rent and affordable home ownership) and include off the shelf purchases and rehabilitations as well as new build.

The latest information for the financial year 2014/15 shows that affordable housing completions have totalled 7,069 for the financial year, up 1 per cent on the previous year. This includes a small increase in social rent (up by 0.2 per cent or 8 homes), an increase in affordable rent (up by 17 per cent or 160 homes) and a decrease in affordable home ownership (down by 6 per cent or 111 homes). Total starts are up 11 per cent on the previous year to 6,641, while approvals are down 12 per cent on the previous year to 6,297.

A total of 26,972 affordable homes have been completed in the 4 years from 2011-12 as part of the Affordable Housing Supply Programme, including 18,670 homes for social rent.

Right to Buy Applications and Sales

Following the announcement of the end of Right to Buy in July 2013 the number of applications and the number of sales both increased. The most recent figures available are for October to December 2014. During this period there were 625 Right to Buy applications (3 per cent lower than in the same quarter the previous year, but 36 per cent higher than in the same quarter in 2012) and 474 sales (53 per cent higher than in the same quarter in the previous year, and 60 per cent higher than in the same quarter in 2012).

Scottish sites facing skills shortages ‘on a daily basis’

Ross Mickel

Ross Mickel

Skills shortages in the Scottish construction sector are becoming more acute as trained workers leave for higher wages overseas, a senior executive at Mactaggart & Mickel has warned.

Ross Mickel, who runs the family owned housebuilder’s timber frame business and is a member of its group board, told The Herald that the issue was “rising up our risk register incredibly quickly”.

Among the factors the sector is facing up to are an ageing workforce, difficulty attracting new entrants and coping with the gaps left by the thousands of people who left the industry during the financial crisis and recession.

Mr Mickel, part of the fourth generation of the family to be involved in the company, said traditionally the business has been able to bring through its own apprentices and also attract other people from across the industry.

He told the newspaper: “But more recently it has been a struggle to get the level of person or the actual criteria that you want filled.

“There is certainly a shortage of skills in trade and we are seeing that on sites on a daily basis.”

Mr Mickel said the company is able to cope by moving people around to where they are needed but it was likely to have to start making more use of sub-contractors to meet its growth plans.

He said: “We are fortunate that we have a lot of our trades in-house so can work sites and move people around. They don’t have to be on one site the entire time.

“We don’t use sub-contractors much more than we used to but it is becoming more of a necessity.”

At the moment the company has 11 apprentices on site with people being trained as joiners, brickies, painters, plumbers and roughcasters.

The company’s current chief executive Ed Monaghan, also chairman of Construction Scotland, started his long association with the company as an apprentice painter.

Mr Mickel says “a lot of effort” goes into the company’s apprenticeship programme and ways to allow people to progress through the business.

He added: “It is very core to future proofing the business.

“I’m fourth generation and if we don’t recruit apprentices to work through [their] fields then we will be left with not the core that we have currently.”

The loss of thousands of construction jobs during the recession along with the age profile of the remaining workforce is further adding to skills problems.

Mr Mickel said: “Not that we have a demographic issue in the company but if you look around the industry there is a lot of people who are going to be leaving it soon or have left in the recession. Trying to backfill that is very hard.”

Although some trades people have been attracted to the south of England or overseas by the promise of higher wages, Mr Mickel is concerned construction is also suffering from an image problem.

He said: “The [profile of the] trades seem to have been lost in the last seven years. When I was growing up we would have conversations about brickies and plumbers.

“Now when you read the papers it is the next generation of people inventing a game for console or a software billionaire or something like that.

“There is not the good stories about the profession [construction] can be. There is still a great deal of craft skill involved in building a house and our guys take a lot of pride in it.”

Minister praises Mactaggart & Mickel Group’s dedication to apprentices

Annabelle Ewing Mac Mic1Mactaggart & Mickel Group welcomed Annabelle Ewing MSP, minister for youth and women’s employment, to one of its leading developments yesterday as the company marked Scottish Apprenticeship Week (18-22 May).

Ms Ewing visited the Polnoon development in Eaglesham, which follows the guidance of the Scottish Government’s Designing Streets agenda. Created to meet the needs of pedestrians rather than vehicles, it encapsulates a new design approach to build a better quality living environment.

During the visit Ms Ewing was introduced to a number of apprentices and tradespeople who shared their experiences of working with the company. She also met Mactaggart & Mickel Group’s HR director, Marion Forbes, who provided insight into the firm’s ethos and practices when recruiting apprentices.

Having originally recruited many of its current managers as apprentices, and employing between two and four apprentices each year since 2009, Mactaggart & Mickel Group has an ongoing commitment to support apprenticeships in the construction sector – evidenced by its apprentice retention throughout a challenging economic climate.

Renowned for being an employer of choice, the family housebuilder is recognised for developing staff.

Ed Monaghan, chief executive of Mactaggart & Mickel Group, who began his career with the company as an apprentice painter, said: “We’re committed to nurturing future generations and recognise that in the current environment, with skill shortages looming, investment is critical.

“Skills development has to be at the heart of recovery for businesses to grow and economies to flourish. At Mactaggart & Mickel Group, we make it our mission to ensure skills are passed down to the younger members of our workforce through mentoring programmes. Apprenticeships are a great way to nurture the next generation, securing a skilled workforce for the construction sector for years to come.”

Minister for youth and women’s employment, Annabelle Ewing, added: “Scottish Apprenticeship Week is a celebration of the success of Scotland’s Modern Apprentices and for everyone associated with the programme which has become a key element of our approach to economic development and youth employment.

“This government is determined to support young people towards jobs and apprenticeships, as underlined by our aim to have 30,000 new opportunities a year by 2020. I am delighted to have the opportunity to visit Mactaggart and Mickel Group and their modern apprentices at the Polnoon site.”

One of the apprentices who met Ms Ewing was Shaun Kennedy, who has been named Apprentice Joiner of the Year by North Glasgow College three years running and recently received the James Birnie Craft Excellence Award.

Shaun said: “Working for Mactaggart & Mickel Group is like being a part of a family; they value every member of the team and are dedicated to developing staff.

“Since joining as an apprentice, I’ve learnt so much and that’s due to Mactaggart & Mickel Group and the superb training systems they have in place. Apprenticeships are a great way to work, learn and earn a wage – you really can do it all and I would recommend it to anyone.”

Damien Yeates, chief executive of Skills Development Scotland, organisers of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, said: “Modern Apprenticeships work for employers of all sizes, from family firms to global companies.

“Scottish Apprenticeship Week celebrates Modern Apprentice employers and the achievements of apprentices, who play a vital and valuable role in Scotland’s economy.

“The skills developed through work-based learning are valued by employers and also by young people looking to get the best possible start in their careers.

“The support for Scottish Apprenticeship Week from industry and employers demonstrates the importance they place in developing their workforce and promoting apprenticeships.”

Mactaggart & Mickel Contracts hands over Kilmarnock affordable housing development

West Langlands (2)The keys have been handed over for a £4.4 million affordable housing development in Kilmarnock, delivered by Mactaggart & Mickel Contracts, a division of Mactaggart & Mickel Group.

The 1.8 acre site at West Langlands has 39 housing units which will be used by East Ayrshire Council, providing much needed affordable stock to the local community. Reflecting the varying needs of housebuyers, the development features six property types ranging from one to three-bedrooms and offers fully accessible wheelchair living.

Peter Shepherd, director at Mactaggart & Mickel Contracts, said: “It was extremely rewarding to work with East Ayrshire Council on this project and help address the shortage of social housing in the area. With the delivery of affordable housing currently high on the political and social agenda, it’s important for local authorities and contractors to work together to help supply projects like this.

“We’ve been delivering partnership developments for a number of years and are well-versed in the need to offer value for money without compromising on quality. We’re currently working on several other affordable housing projects and plan to continue expanding our portfolio for delivering homes in partnership with local authorities and housing associations.”

Councillor Douglas Reid said: “The West Langland Street site is a really ambitious build with 39 new homes being built on the site of the former cattle market. It is like a pleasant oasis in the heart of the town centre. Only a few hundred yards from the bustling Kings Street, John Finnie Street and the railway station, there is a unique mixture of different house types, meeting a wide variety of housing needs, from large family homes to specialist wheelchair accommodation, which will benefit the community. This has probably been the biggest transformation of any housing site to date, on the site of the old cattle market which has lain derelict for years.

“This whole area was at one time a thriving industrial scene, with the former cattle market just metres away from Andrew Barclay’s Caledonia Works. Demolished in 2009, the cattle market site will soon be thriving once again with new tenants moving in.

“Throughout East Ayrshire over 200 affordable homes are being built, providing specially designed new homes for elderly and disabled residents. The tenants I have visited at the sites already completed find their new homes life changing and I know that West Langland Street will be no different.”

Mixed reaction to new housing statistics

Philip Hogg

Philip Hogg

Latest housing statistics released yesterday by the Scottish Government have been broadly welcomed by the industry though the figures were met with caution by Homes for Scotland.

The figures revealed that the number of homes built in Scotland for the full year to end September 2014 rose by six per cent compared to the previous year. 15,436 homes were completed in the year to end September 2014, 901 homes more than in the year to end September 2013.

In the same period there were 11,828 private sector led starts, ten per cent higher than the previous year.

The number of social sector homes started also rose by five per cent to 3,593 compared to 3,417 started in the previous year.

Whilst welcoming any increase in housing supply, Homes for Scotland questioned the sustainability of a reported rise in the number of new homes for the year to end September 2014 amidst the funding issue surrounding the Scottish Government’s Help to Buy shared equity scheme and a production drop-off in the last quarter.

Philip Hogg, chief executive, said: “We are sure that the Scottish Government shares our goal that more homes of all types are needed to meet Scotland’s diverse housing needs and address the chronic undersupply our country faces. Indeed, this is essential if the first minister’s aspirations for fairness and equality are to be achieved.

“However, the annual increase announced is reported as being driven by the private sector, activity which we believe is largely the result of the hugely successful Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme. With the Scottish Government advising that the budget for those buying from larger builders will be exhausted by summer, we fear the consequences this will have on housing output later in the year. Noting the fall in production for Q3 2014 shown in today’s figures following last July’s interruption in funding, we therefore expect the full year to be broadly flat.”

Hogg also highlighted the ambition being witnessed south of the border with the main Westminster parties all pledging to significantly increase house building using a range of initiatives as part of their general election manifestos, saying: “All parties have been setting targets and announcing new housing initiatives, even Wales has just announced its intention to extend its Help to Buy scheme to meet the demand that exists and provide much needed confidence to buyers and developers.

“It has been nearly two years since Audit Scotland highlighted the need for half a million new homes over the next 25 years so we urge the Scottish Government not to wait any longer and take the bold and decisive action which is long overdue and needed now on planning, land availability, funding and help for SME builders to ensure we have enough homes in the right locations to properly house our growing population.

“After all, creating jobs and providing homes which offer the safety and security necessary for people to develop their potential is a social and economic win win.”

Ed Monaghan

Ed Monaghan

Ed Monaghan, chief executive of Mactaggart & Mickel Group, said the annual rise in new build completions can be attributed to the increasing investment from the private sector.

He added: “This boost in consumer confidence can be linked to initiatives that stimulate the market such as Help to Buy (Scotland). In order to keep building on these positive results it’s vital that funding for programmes is maintained.

“It’s important that we continue to encourage growth in the construction industry by boosting skilled employment and also through partnership working on innovative programmes in which the public sector has a vital role to play.”

Mactaggart & Mickel lends support to Scottish Ski & Boarder Cross Championships

Mactaggart & Mickel Group logoMactaggart & Mickel Group has announced its sponsorship of the Scottish Ski & Boarder Cross Championships (SSBX) this weekend at Glenshee Ski Resort as it eyes the north east market.

The annual competition is run by Aberdeen Snowsports Club and has seen its popularity grow since its launch in 2010. Organisers will be welcoming 140 competitors to the slopes on Saturday 28 February and Sunday 1 March to compete in eight skiing and eight snowboarding categories.

Each round sees four competitors racing down the course at the same time, the winner progressing through to the next round. This allows for close ski to ski racing with many spills and thrills for competitors and spectators alike. Winners of the qualifying runs then go through to the grand final.

Mactaggart & Mickel Group has a long history of supporting sports, from local football teams and athletics to its sponsorship of Commonwealth Games hopeful, swimmer Jordan Hughes. It was also part of the City Legacy consortium which constructed the Glasgow 2014 Athletes’ Village.

Director Ross Mickel said: “We’re looking forward to our weekend at Glenshee – the SSBX is a personal favourite of mine and always brings with it an enthusiastic crowd. Aberdeen is a target for our Timber Systems and Homes business so it made sense to get involved and support Aberdeen Snowsports Club to deliver this event which is organised entirely by volunteers. We wish all the contestants the best of luck.”

A typical boardercross race

A typical boardercross race

Marshall to start work on £8m Newton Mearns care home

Newton Mearns Care HomeBuilding work has started on an £8 million private care home in Newton Mearns.

Located at the corner of Waterfoot Road and Broom Road East the state-of-the-art home is being built by Marshall Construction Ltd for Meallmore.

The 68 en-suite bedroom home will be built in a “U” shaped format and includes a range of communal living spaces alongside a range of administration, food preparation, laundry and storage rooms. It will have 25 car parking spaces.

Due to be complete in 2016 the two storey building makes extensive use of glass in the construction to create bright airy spaces with generous lounge, dining and activity areas for residents. The landscaped garden, part of which is located between two wings of the building, offers seamless access to the outdoors for residents.

Externally the design will have a dual pitched roof with gable ends, finished in a flat grey tile. The external walls will comprise render and stone with feature panels and cladding and there will be a feature wall at the entrance to the home, located off a new access road.

The building has been designed to be dementia-friendly, with consideration given to wayfinding and maximising the use of natural light.

It will form part of a wider private residential development being undertaken by Mactaggart & Mickel.

Gerry Hennessey, managing director of Meallmore Ltd, said: “This new home has been designed to offer the highest quality facilities for our residents, making the most of the outdoor space available.  Together with the apartments, it has been carefully designed to fit in with the surrounding residential area and architecture in Newton Mearns.  We look forward to welcoming residents in 2016.”

Traffic management arrangements will be put in place to avoid peak traffic times during the school terms and to minimise noise disruption for neighbours.

Meallmore currently has 21 care homes in Scotland that cater for elderly and vulnerable people.

Mactaggart & Mickel site manager named among UK’s best

A housebuilding site manager from Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Ltd has been recognised for building homes of the highest standard, beating around 15,000 others to be named as one of the UK’s Supreme Winners during the NHBC Pride in the Job Awards 2014 gala final.

Stuart Gillespie took the Medium Builder category title for the second year in a row, defending his 2013 title.

The three-time Supreme Award winner was victorious for managing the build of Greenan Views in Doonfoot, Ayr. Stuart began his career at Mactaggart & Mickel 24 years ago as an apprentice joiner, working his way up into site management.

The awards, run by NHBC (National House-Building Council), are dedicated to recognising site managers who oversee housing projects from start to finish. They have the greatest impact on driving up quality standards on site for the ultimate benefit of homeowners.

The winners of the competition’s five builder categories are the best site managers in the UK working on projects registered for warranty with NHBC, which covers around 80 percent of the new home insurance market. They received their awards at a black-tie event in Westminster, London, hosted by comedian John Bishop.

Announced alongside Stuart Gillespie were Rob Summers of Redrow Homes South Wales (Large), Damian Bates of Berkeley Homes (South East London) Ltd (Muli-storey), Derek Ratcliffe of Landex Living (Small) and Shaun Forrester of J J Lattimer (Single Home).

Mike Quinton, NHBC chief executive, said: “NHBC exists to drive up standards in new-build housing, and the Pride in the Job Awards have been an integral part of that mission for nearly 35 years. Site managers play a central part in the success of any project, but the benchmark for success rises each year. Our champions beat an incredible number of others to win the title, and can justifiably claim to be among the best in the business.”

The runners-up were:

  • Large – Simon Jones – BDW Homes Mercia – Woodthorne, Wergs Rd, Wolverhampton
  • Multi-storey – Andy Shaw – Taylor Wimpey Midlands – Diglis Water, Dock Rd, Worcester
  • Medium – Gregg Taylor – Morris Homes (North) Ltd – Edgewater Park, Warrington
  • Small – Alan Lynas – Porter & Co  – Farriers Green, Hillsborough, Co. Down
  • Single Home – Indi Hothi – CISSH Property Group – 9 Rambler Lane, Slough