Best in the business

Four exceptional housebuilders have beaten back stiff competition to be crowned the UK’s Supreme Winners at the NHBC’s Pride in the Job 2016 gala final. Housebuilder reports

The best site managers in the UK have been honoured at the NHBC Pride in the Job (PIJ) 2016 Supreme Awards.

Four exceptional housebuilding site managers were recognised for building homes of the highest standard, beating more than 16,000 others to be named as the UK’s Supreme Winners.

The Pride in the Job Awards are run by NHBC, the UK’s leading warranty provider and standards setter for new build homes. The Awards recognise site managers who oversee housebuilding projects from start to finish and drive up quality standards on site for the ultimate benefit of home owners.

(l-r:) NHBC's Mike Quinton; Bill Hughes, Miller Homes (north west); Russell Bond, Barratt London Aldgate; Steve Walker, CG Fry & Son; John Greggain; L Greggain & Co; comedian and actor Greg Davies

Judging is rigorous; the process involves more than 350 judges and takes place throughout the build process recognising site managers who know how to go one stage better, whose hard work ensures we live in high quality homes and rewards dedication and expertise.

The winners of the competition’s four builder categories are the best site managers in the UK working on projects registered for warranty with NHBC, which covers around 80% of the new home insurance market. They received their awards at a black-tie gala event in Westminster, London, which featured a performance from comedian Greg Davies and pop group Bananarama.

(Pictured) Greg Davies entertains the crowd

Commenting on this year’s competition, Neil Jefferson, NHBC’s managing director, said: “NHBC’s mission is to ensure construction quality of the very highest standard in new homes across the UK and site managers have a crucial role to play in this. 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 very best in the business, knowing that the homes they build are of an extremely high quality.

“Pride in the Job has now been running for 36 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 home owners, NHBC and the wider housebuilding industry.”

The 2016 winners are

• Bill Hughes of Miller Homes North West won the Large Builder category for his work at the The Views development in Billinge. Judges praised the exceptionally high textbook standards across the entire build.

(Pictured) Bill Hughes (centre) was crowned winner of the Large Builder category. Left: NHBC's Mike Quinton; right: comedian and actor Greg Davies

• Russell Bond of Barratt London Aldgate was named the winner in the Multi-storey Builder category for overseeing work at the Aldgate Place development in London. Judges admired the seamless control of a complex inner city project.

(Pictured) Russell Bond triumphed in the Multi-storey category

• Steve Walker of CG Fry & Son took the title in the Medium Builder category for managing the Phase 1 North East Quadrant development in Poundbury, where consistently high standards are achieved year after year.

• John Greggain of L Greggain & Co was the winner in the Small Builder category for the Myrtle Meadows site in Steynton. Judges praised the family business with “quality built into its DNA.”

(Pictured) John Greggain was named Supreme Winner in the Small Builder category

The runners-up to the 2016 competition are:
• Paul Cunningham (Large Builder category) – Taylor Wimpey West Scotland
• Mark Pinder (Multi-storey Builder category) – Midgard Ltd
• Stuart Gillespie (Medium Builder category) – Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Ltd
• Derek Ratcliffe (Small Builder category) – Landex Ltd

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