Skills and quality key themes for new NHBC roadshows

Attracting young people into construction and new home quality are among the areas of focus to be discussed by industry experts at this year’s NHBC Building for tomorrow roadshows – ‘Future Skills, Future Standards, Future Quality’.

Building for tomorrow is the annual series of seminars where NHBC experts present the latest technical and regulatory updates in house-building as well as sharing best practice gleaned from the 900,000+ site inspections it carries out each year.

Now in their 27th year, the 2018 roadshows will focus on future proofing home building skills, with a look at the Home Building Skills Partnership. There will also be talks from pre-eminent sector professionals on issues including Regulation & Standards as well as an update from Department for Communities and Local Government on The Hackitt Review into building and fire safety regulations.

A look ahead to future quality will include a detailed update on the decision making process for product selection and how the sector can enhance this to help drive better standards for tomorrow’s consumers. The Health and Safety Executive will also provide a look at the latest H&S framework.

Commenting on next year’s agenda, Nick Cunningham, NHBC regional director for the South West region, said: “With increasing house-building volumes, the pressure to maintain quality and consumer satisfaction grows for all of us in the sector, making Building for tomorrow 2018 the perfect event to hear about current and future challenges.

“Building for tomorrow is also the ideal platform to network with professionals from across the UK house-building sector and to showcase your latest products to industry leaders, home builders and housing associations.”

The full date and venue listings are as follows, with specially tailored agendas for London, Scotland and Northern Ireland;

  • Tuesday, 27 February – South West – Taunton Racecourse
  • Thursday, 1 March – Southern – Oxford Belfry
  • Tuesday, 6 March – North East – York Racecourse
  • Thursday, 8 March – Scotland – Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld
  • Tuesday, 13 March – South East – Sandown Racecourse, Esher
  • Thursday, 15 March – East – Newmarket Racecourse
  • Tuesday, 20 March – North West – Haydock Racecourse, Merseyside
  • Thursday, 22 March – West – National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull
  • Tuesday, 17 April – Northern Ireland – Belfast, venue TBC
  • Tuesday, 24 April – London – Central Hall, Westminster

For further event details, and to find out more about the special 3 for 2 offer on all delegate bookings, please visit here, contact buildingfortomorrow@nhbc.co.uk or call 0344 633 1000.

Multiple award wins for CALA Homes site managers

Neal Toland receiving his NHBC award

Neal Toland receiving his NHBC award

Three site managers from CALA Homes have each scooped a highly prized accolade in recognition of their work at the highest standards of the housebuilding industry.

The developer was celebrating at the NHBC Pride in the Job Regional Awards, held at Glasgow’s Hilton.

For CALA Homes (East), Mark Foley was recognised for his work at Dalmeny Park, South Queensferry, with a Seal of Excellence, along with Neal Toland, site manager at the firm’s Ten Brunswick Road development in Edinburgh.

Stuart Dallas, of CALA Homes (West) was rewarded for his work at Thorntonhall, South Lanarkshire, with the three CALA representatives making up one quarter of all winners.

Adding to the success from the night, Neal Toland also scooped one of four Regional Awards for Ten Brunswick Road in the NHBC multi-storey category and will now be put forward for the UK-wide ceremony early next year.

Kevin Whitaker, regional chairman for CALA Homes, commended the managers on setting uncompromising standards and praised their wider development teams for their invaluable and sustained support.

He said: “We are very proud of Mark, Neal and Stuart for obtaining the Seal of Excellence and for Neal’s further achievement in winning a regional prize.

“Standards on development are set by our Site Managers and these three developments epitomise what CALA sets out to achieve about across the group, in terms of quality.

“An award of this nature is testament to the professionalism and expertise of our Site Managers who set the standards of excellence – and their ability to engender this between our staff on site and our valued subcontractors.

“We also recognise that the planning and delivery of great developments would not be possible without the support, hard work and talent of the regional office teams.”

Earlier at the luncheon, alongside the three Seal of Excellence winners, eight of CALA Homes’ project managers in Scotland (announced in June), were recognised with Pride in the Job awards.

Neal Toland said: “Ten Brunswick Road has been a challenging but hugely rewarding experience.

“It has recently sold out, three months ahead of schedule, bringing the entire build forward.

“Seeing such demand for the homes you are building along with the families and professionals that move into them remains such a special part of the job.

“I’m delighted that the team’s work on this site has now been recognised at the regional level and we look forward to the National Awards early next year.”

Following the conclusion of the NHBC Pride in the Job Regional Awards ceremonies, the winners of the UK Supreme Awards will be announced at a gala ceremony in London in January 2018.

Mactaggart & Mickel Homes celebrates NHBC regional best site manager award

Stuart Gillespie

Stuart Gillespie

Housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel Homes is celebrating after the quality of four of its site managers was recognised at the NHBC Pride in the Job Regional Awards held in Glasgow last week.

Stuart Gillespie, senior site manager at Mactaggart & Mickel Homes’ Greenan Views development in Ayr, was named Regional Winner for the medium housebuilder category as well as receiving a Seal of Excellence Award. Paddy Malone, who manages the housebuilder’s Polnoon site in Eaglesham, also took home a Seal of Excellence Award.

Alongside Stuart and Paddy, Garry Henderson (Braemore Wood, Troon) and Mike Loughran (Millerhill at Shawfair, Midlothian) were named in June as having been awarded NHBC Pride in the Job Quality Awards. All four were presented with these at the luncheon before the Seal of Excellence and Regional Winner awards were announced.

Regional Winner Stuart Gillespie started with Mactaggart & Mickel Homes as an apprentice nearly three decades ago and has progressed through their ranks to become one of their most senior site managers. Having received numerous site manager awards over the years, this is Stuart’s eighth regional title, and his 32nd Pride in the Job Award.

Ed Monaghan, chief executive of Mactaggart & Mickel Group, said: “My warmest congratulations to Stuart and Paddy, as well as Mike, Garry, and the wider site teams who have all contributed to the smooth running of our projects.

“At Mactaggart & Mickel Homes we pride ourselves on the superior quality of our homes, which are delivered by our exceptionally trained and committed staff. We’re honoured to be acknowledged for this through the NHBC Pride in the Job Awards.”

Following the conclusion of the NHBC Pride in the Job Regional Awards ceremonies, the winners of the UK Supreme Awards will be announced at a gala ceremony in London in January 2018.

MSP visits Greenock to discuss dangers on development sites

(from left) Maurice Corry – regional MSP West Scotland, Malcolm MacLeod – regional director NHBC Scotland, John McColgan – senior site manager (Keepmoat)

(from left) Maurice Corry – regional MSP West Scotland, Malcolm MacLeod – regional director NHBC Scotland, John McColgan – senior site manager (Keepmoat)

Conservative MSP for West Scotland, Maurice Corry, visited a new build housing development in Greenock to assess the measures being taken by the National House Building Council (NHBC) to ensure construction standards are being maintained on all New Build Housing sites.

In order to provide an overview of the NHBC and their role in developing and maintaining standards in new build housing construction, NHBC Scotland extended an invite to all recently elected MSPs to visit developments within their constituencies

Community regeneration and construction specialist Keepmoat played host to Mr Corry at the firm’s Garvald Street development, which is delivering 45 new homes in partnership with Oak Tree Housing Association.

Mr Corry was accompanied on the tour by NHBC Scotland director, Malcolm MacLeod, who discussed the NHBC’s role in assessing and monitoring construction sites, and how they ensure standards are maintained notably in relation to risk management, health and safety and technical standards for design, materials, and workmanship.

Keepmoat’s site staff guided them through the site, and outlined how they were working to NHBC guidelines, and the assessment and inspection regime that NHBC deploy on new build sites.

Malcolm MacLeod said: “We were delighted to be able to show Maurice Corry around the Garvald Street development by Keepmoat. It was a great opportunity to show him first-hand the new homes that are being built in Greenock and the role that NHBC plays in ensuring those homes are of high quality for his future constituents.

“As the UK’s leading insurance and warranty provider of new homes, NHBC works closely with housebuilders to support the delivery of high quality homes. We also work with Parliamentarians to develop and promote good housing policy.”

(from left) Nichola Gray – assistant site manager (Keepmoat), Maurice Corry – regional MSP West Scotland, Malcolm MacLeod – regional director NHBC Scotland, John McColgan – senior site manager (Keepmoat)

(from left) Nichola Gray – assistant site manager (Keepmoat), Maurice Corry – regional MSP West Scotland, Malcolm MacLeod – regional director NHBC Scotland, John McColgan – senior site manager (Keepmoat)

Regional managing director for the Regeneration division of Keepmoat in Scotland, Eamonn McGarvey said: “Keepmoat prides itself on being a responsible housebuilder, and will always take the full and unique needs of both our staff and the communities in which we are building, into consideration.

“It was great for the site team to welcome Mr Corry and the NHBC to showcase our commitment to health and safety and how we assess risk – an issue which is vital to all developer’s nationwide.

“We have a responsibility– particularly those entering the field – to maintain standards and so it was very apt that the Garvald Street development was selected for this visit.  As part of this project, we have worked with Oak Tree to deliver considerable training opportunities to help eradicate the skills shortage in construction and so were able to instil these standards at the earliest opportunities.”

Mr Corry added: “It was great of the NHBC and Keepmoat to invite me to the development in Greenock.

“It proved useful to see the work that is being done to ensure that the quality of housing provided to residents in the West of Scotland is of the highest possible quality.”

Scotland’s top builders honoured by NHBC

NHBCThe National House-Building Council (NHBC) has honoured 39 builders on Scottish sites for their dedication to building homes of outstanding quality.

The home warranty and insurance provider has revealed the names of the Quality Award winners – the UK’s 445 best site managers, placing them at the very top of their profession.

Now in its 36th year, Pride in the Job celebrates the exceptional contribution site managers make in creating homes of outstanding quality. As well as undergoing spot checks on the day-to day running of the sites, each site manager is assessed across 37 areas of site management, including their technical knowledge, consistency in the build process and the quality controls they have in place.

With more than 16,000 site managers competing for the awards, NHBC said this year’s Quality Award winners have been hand-picked for their excellent standards on site.

Mike Quinton, chief executive of NHBC, said: “Congratulations to all the 2016 Quality Award winners – the strength of this year’s entries coupled with the judges’ long and hard deliberations over selecting 445 winners from 16,000 site managers should give great pride to them all and their teams.

“For 36 years, our Pride in the Job Awards have played a pivotal role in NHBC’s work to raise standards across the industry through the celebration and sharing of best practice.

“Pride in the Job rewards those site managers who produce the best new homes which are built and finished to the highest possible standard. Most importantly, homeowners who buy a Pride in the Job award-winning home benefit from a high quality product.

“It’s no surprise that our data shows Pride in the Job winning sites have higher levels of customer satisfaction as these homes are without doubt among the best the UK has to offer.

“On behalf of everyone at NHBC, I would like to congratulate them on this wonderful achievement.”

As part of the year-long judging process, the Quality Award winners will now be shortlisted for Seals of Excellence and Regional titles which will be revealed in the autumn.

The regional winners will then go forward to compete for the national Supreme Winner title in their category at the Pride in the Job Gala, taking place in London in January.

The Scottish Quality Award winners, along with their company and development, are:

A & J Stephen Ltd

Alan Robertson Balgarvie Farm, Perth

Barratt and David Wilson Homes East Scotland

Gareth Lewis Bridge View South, Queensferry

Ewan MacLean Dalmeny Park, South Queensferry

Peter Lawrie The Elms, Kirkliston

Dick Sinnet Newcraighall Village, Edinburgh

Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Scotland Limited

David Scott Osprey Heights, Inverurie

David Oliver Millbrae, Bridge of Don

David MacLean The Grange, Elgin

Barratt and David Wilson Homes West Scotland

Murray Grierson Parklands, Coatbridge

Tom Leitch Bothwell Mews, Strathclyde

Alan Grant Highland Gate, Stirling

Matt McLaughlin The Botanics Glasgow, Strathclyde

Bellway Homes Ltd (Scotland)

George Carty The Marches, Stepps

Kevin Dineen Glenmill, Darney, Strathclyde

CALA Homes (East) Ltd

Mark Foley Dalmeny Park, South Queensferry

Colin Hawthorne Priory Meadow, North Berwick

Michael Harding Craigpark Quarry, Ratho

CALA Homes (North) Ltd

Fred Anderson The Links, Bridge of Don

Alan Whitelaw Milltimber Grange, Old Ford Village, Aberdeen

CALA Homes (West) Ltd

Michael Carrigan Woodilee, Glasgow

Stuart Dallas Peel Road

Hudson Hirsel LLP

Jeff Loughlin Leet Haugh, Coldstream

Mactaggart and Mickel Homes Ltd

Stuart Gillespie Greenan Views, Ayr

Colin Thain Thornybank Green, Dalkeith

Garry Henderson Braemore Wood, Troon

Miller Homes Scotland East

Jim Martin Roselea, Rosewell, Midlothian

Kris Aitchison Liberty Park, Bathgate

Miller Homes Scotland West

Stephen Mack Fullwood Gardens, Motherwell

Quartermile Ventures Ltd

Bob Strachan New Meadow, Edinburgh

Stewart Milne South

Allan Cunningham Earls Green, Troon

Taylor Wimpey East Scotland

Colin McNeish Almond Park, Musselburgh

Graham Spence Masterton Gardens, Dunfermline

Eddie McCann Calderwood, East Calder, East Lothian

Taylor Wimpey West Scotland

Paul Cunningham Dargavel Village, Bishopton, Strathclyde

Iain Alexander Smithstone, Cumbernauld

Alan Meek Ravenscliff, Motherwell

Scott McNulty Walkers Gate, Kilmarnock

Dougie Kirkland Newton Farm, Cambuslang

Tulloch Homes Ltd

Lewis MacKinnon The Park, Inverness

A full list of winners is available here.

NHBC reports 15 per cent increase in annual Scottish home registrations

NHBCThe number of new homes registered to be built in Scotland topped 12,700 in 2015, a continued increase of 15 per cent on the previous year, new NHBC figures have revealed.

In total, 12,755 new homes were registered by NHBC in 2015 compared to 11,138 in 2014.

The registrations were the highest for eight year in Scotland but fell short of the 18,577 homes registered in 2005 and 20,617 in 2007.

Malcolm MacLeod, regional director for Scotland at the NHBC, said: “Scotland has enjoyed another promising year, with NHBC registrations at their highest for eight years and 15 per cent up on 2014. Encouragingly both the private and public sector showed further improvement helped no doubt by the Help to Buy scheme. Over 2016 it is expected that housing growth in the Lothians, especially around Edinburgh will continue and the completion of the Borders Railway Line could result in making development in the Scottish Borders more viable.”

The number of new homes registered to be built in the UK has topped 156,000 in 2015 – a continued increase of 7 per cent on the previous year, new NHBC figures have revealed.

In the UK as a whole, 156,140 new homes were registered by NHBC in 2015 – compared to 146,359 in 2014. The figures show NHBC registered 75 per cent more new homes in 2015 than it did at the time of the housing crash in 2009.

Private sector registrations increased by 7 per cent (118,611 in 2015; 110,674 in 2014), with the public sector increasing by 5 per cent (37,529 in 2015; 35,685 in 2014).

UK’s best site managers honoured at house-building industry ‘Oscars’

Steve Walker, Paul Dunnett, Kirk Raine, comedian Kevin Bridges, NHBC CEO Mike Quinton, Michael Thomas and David Barratt

Steve Walker, Paul Dunnett, Kirk Raine, comedian Kevin Bridges, NHBC CEO Mike Quinton, Michael Thomas and David Barratt

Five house-building site managers were recognised for building homes of the highest standard at NHBC’s Pride in the Job Awards 2015 gala final.

They beat around 16,000 others to be named as the UK’s Supreme Winners during the black-tie event in London.

The Pride in the Job Awards are run by NHBC (National House-Building Council) and recognise the talent and expertise of top site managers who oversee house-building projects from start to finish, driving up 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 per cent of the new home insurance market.

The winners at this year’s event, hosted by comedian Kevin Bridges, were:

  • Kirk Raine of David Wilson Homes (Mercia) won the Large Builder category for his work at the Webbs Meadow development in Telford.
  • Paul Dunnett of Berkeley Homes (South East London) was named the winner in the Multi-storey category for overseeing work at the Saffron Square site in Croydon.
  • Steve Walker of CG Fry & Son took the title in the Medium Builder category for managing the North East Quadrant development in Dorchester.
  • Michael Thomas of South Meadow Homes was the winner in the Small Builder category for the Gibba’s Way (Phase 3) site in Pembroke.
  • David Barratt of DF Barratt Ltd won in the Single Home category for Ivy House in Darlington.

Mike Quinton, NHBC chief executive, said: “NHBC’s mission is to ensure the highest construction quality in new-build homes across the UK and site managers play a pivotal role in making this happen. Our PIJ champions and runners up beat an incredible number of others to win the title, and they can justifiably claim to be among the best in the business, knowing that the homes they build are of the very highest quality.

“Pride in the Job has now been running for 35 years and our analysis shows that winning sites have higher levels of consumer satisfaction with fewer claims and defects, reinforcing the importance of the competition for both NHBC and the house-building industry.”

The runners-up were:

  • George Carty (Large Builder category) – Bellway Homes (Scotland)
  • Bob Strachan (Multi-storey category) – Quartermile Ventures
  • Stuart Gillespie (Medium Builder category) – Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Ltd
  • Giles Murphy (Small Builder category) – Giles Homes Ltd
  • David Reed (Single Home category) – Richard Reed (Builders) Ltd

NHBC reports continued increase in new home registrations

NHBCScotland enjoyed an 8 per cent rise in the number of new homes registered by local authorities during the last quarter, according to new figures released today by NHBC.

Councils registered a total of 3,313 new homes between July and September in 2015, compared to 3,060 homes over the same period last year.

The NHBC figures also revealed that 9,737 homes were registered in Scotland since the beginning of the year to September compared to 8,163 homes from January to September in 2014.

Statistics for the UK fell marginally by 2 per cent during Q3 when compared to the same period last year.

However, the overall year-to-date figures up to and including September show that the number of new homes registered with NHBC is 9 per cent higher than this time last year (117,525; 108,118 in 2014).

In total 36,219 new homes were registered in Q3 compared to 36,955 a year ago. The private sector is static at -1 per cent (28,527; 28,906 in 2014), with the public sector down by 4 per cent (7,692; 8,049 in 2014).

The new statistics also show that London reported a 25 per cent rise in the number of new homes registered during Q3 (7,289; 5,812 in Q3 2014). On a national level Northern Ireland (+39 per cent) and Wales (+4 per cent) all enjoyed a positive quarter when compared to the same period last year. However, in England several regions reported a reduction in the number of registrations for the quarter. However, year to date figures show growth in ten out of the twelve regions in the UK.

Commenting on the new registration statistics, NHBC chief executive, Mike Quinton, said: “Despite the marginal drop in housing registrations this quarter, 2015 is still promising to be a strong year for new housing growth in the UK. Our year-to-date figures show that registrations in both the private and public sector are ahead of last year.

“The industry remains upbeat and is working hard to build the number of homes our country so desperately needs, despite the pressures associated with rapid growth.”

Slight quarterly dip in local authority housing registrations

NHBCThe upward trend in the number of new homes registered by local authorities in Scotland in 2015 was halted slightly between June and August, according to new figures.

The National House Building Council (NHBC) said that 3,471 new homes were registered over the quarter compared to 3,543 homes between May and July. The figure is higher than the 3,442 new homes which were registered between March and May and the 3,189 homes between January and March.

Year on year the number of new homes registrations is up almost 28 per cent on the 2,715 new homes between June and August 2014.

Across the UK as a whole, the new home registrations statistics reveal an increase of 11 per cent for the rolling quarter June – August, compared to the same period last year. A total of 40,101 new homes were registered in the UK during this period, up on the 36,149 new homes registered in the previous year.

The private sector increased by 12 per cent during this period (30,210 in 2015; 27,072 last year), with the public sector increasing by 9 per cent from last year (9,891 in 2015; 9,077 last year).

However, registrations for August were down marginally by 6 per cent (10,362 compared to 11,037 last year) – the first time since January that figures fell below last year’s respective monthly totals. For the month, the private sector was marginally down by 1 per cent (8,401 in 2015, 8,476 August 2014), with the public sector down 23 per cent (1,961 versus 2,561 last August); this decrease follows six consecutive months of growth when compared to last year for the public sector.

NHBC chief executive Mike Quinton said: “Despite a slight decrease for August, overall registration levels for the rolling quarter show the same steady growth we’ve seen throughout 2015.

“However, we are now seeing registration volumes fall in the public and affordable sector after a good start to the year. This may be due to many housing associations holding back on developments in light of welfare reforms and the cap on rental increases. We will closely monitor this over the coming months, along with the private sector, as the house building industry strives to build more new, quality homes that the UK needs.”

Region June – August


June – August


England – Regions
North East 1,444 1,241
North West 3,451 3,040
Yorkshire & the Humber 1,855 2,422
West Midlands 3,569 3,775
East Midlands 3,385 3,156
Eastern 4,642 3,838
South West 3,461 3,545
Greater London 8,310 5,006
South East 4,505 5,454
Totals for England 34,622 31,477
Scotland – Councils 3,471 2,715
Wales – Unitary Authorities 1,202 1,257
Northern Ireland – Counties 806 700
Totals for UK 40,101 36,149

Continued increase in new local authority home registrations

NHBCThe number of new homes registered by local authorities in Scotland has increased by over 40 per cent over the previous year, according to new figures.

The National House Building Council (NHBC) said that 3,543 new homes were registered between May and July this year, when compared to 2,492 homes during the same period in 2014.

The figure is also up from the 3,442 new homes which were registered between March and May and the 3,189 new homes registered between January and March this year.

In the UK as a whole, the number of new homes being registered to be built across the UK continues to outperform 2014 levels.

Following the strong figures reported for Q2 2015, the new statistics reveal an increase of 14 per cent for the rolling quarter May – July, compared to the same period last year, with 43,684 new homes registered in the UK (32,521 private sector; 11,163 public sector). Last year, 38,365 new homes were registered in the same three month period (28,804 private sector; 9,561 public sector).

The public sector increased by 17 per cent during this time, when compared to the same period last year, providing further evidence of noticeable growth as a result of the changes to, and the extension of, the Affordable Homes Programme.

In July, registrations increased by 12 per cent, with 14,876 new homes registered (11,270 private; 3,606 public) compared to 13,320 in the same month last year (10,389 private; 2,931 public).

NHBC chief executive Mike Quinton said: “Following the strong growth we reported in our quarterly statistics, it is pleasing to see this progress continue into the second half of 2015. However, as we have continually stressed since housing output began to increase two years ago, the UK is still building way below the volumes of homes that we desperately need.”

Full regional breakdown of total new homes registered May – July 2015 by region/country:

Region May – July2015 May – July2014
England – Regions
North East 1,638 1,375
North West 4,062 2,983
Yorkshire & the Humber 1,821 2,470
West Midlands 3,632 3,266
East Midlands 3,602 4,059
Eastern 4,752 3,555
South West 4,146 3,975
Greater London 9,118 6,326
South East 5,204 6,154
Totals for England 37,975 34,163
Scotland – Councils 3,543 2,492
Wales – Unitary Authorities 1,327 1,143
Northern Ireland – Counties 839 567
Totals for UK 43,684 38,365