Mactaggart & Mickel site manager praised after winning 12th top Scottish award
Mactaggart & Mickel senior site manager Stuart Gillespie has been praised for his “outstanding leadership qualities” after scooping a prestigious industry award for the 12th time.
Stuart, the senior site manager at Mactaggart & Mickel’s Greenan Views development in Ayrshire, was honoured in the National House Building Council Pride in the Job Regional Awards.
He was named Regional Winner for the Medium Builder category and now has amassed 12 NHBC Scottish regional awards which recognise site managers’ dedication and commitment to achieving the highest standards in housebuilding.
Stuart was quick to pay credit to his fellow construction professionals at the Greenan Views development in Doonfoot where they have been working against a backdrop of restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Commenting on the award, Stuart said: “It’s a terrific honour to be singled out for praise by the National House Building Council and I’m really proud to have my work recognised for the 12th time with such a prestigious accolade.
“But I have to dedicate my Pride in the Job Award to my colleagues who deserve immense credit for rising to all the challenges that have come our way thick and fast due to Covid-19 over the last year.
“We have all pulled together to overcome a range of obstacles to build new homes that not only we can be proud of but also that Mactaggart & Mickel customers can be proud to call home.”
Stuart, who lives in Wishaw, joined Glasgow-based Mactaggart & Mickel as an apprentice joiner more than 30 years ago, and has worked his way up to become a senior site manager for the company. His latest accolade means he is in the running to win the overall ‘UK supreme’ award in the medium builder category.
Peter Shepherd, director at Mactaggart & Mickel, said: “Everyone at Mactaggart & Mickel is immensely proud of Stuart and his 12 regional NHBC awards say it all about his outstanding leadership qualities and constant pursuit of excellence.
“Stuart epitomises that pursuit of excellence that is at the heart of Mactaggart & Mickel’s approach, but he also has a humility that makes him such an admired colleague throughout the company.”
Judging for the awards is rigorous, with Stuart assessed across six key areas: consistency, attention to detail, leadership, interpretation of drawings and specifications, technical expertise, and health and safety.
As well as undergoing spot checks on the day-to-day running of the sites, each site manager is assessed across 37 areas, including their technical knowledge, consistency in the build process and quality controls.
Over four decades, Pride in the Job has underpinned NHBC’s core purpose of supporting the delivery of high-quality homes. By recognising the very best site managers across the UK, showcasing best practice and rewarding excellence, the competition celebrates the vital role that site managers play in ensuring new homes are delivered on time, on safe sites and to exacting construction quality standards.
Commenting on the awards, NHBC chief executive, Steve Wood, said: “Despite the numerous challenges the industry has faced, the very best site managers of 2021 have remained focused on delivering high-quality new homes for their customers.
“A site manager’s role is one of the most challenging in house building and recognising their persistent drive for excellence is very much at the heart of the competition.
“Receiving a Regional Award places Stuart at the top of his profession. It’s no surprise that Pride in the Job winning sites have higher levels of customer satisfaction. The homes being built are amongst the best the UK has to offer.”
Stuart now goes forward to compete for the ultimate prize in house building, the Pride in the Job Supreme Awards which will be unveiled at a gala ceremony in London in January 2022.