BN - SGB_0025 - Barratt and David Wilson Homes Fairfields Site Managers Joshua Croxford (L) and Deklan Hurst


Two ex-military Site Managers from Barratt and David Wilson Homes have won a top national award for the quality of the homes they are building.

Joshua Croxford (29) and Deklan Hurst (30), based at Fairfields in Milton Keynes, have won these prestigious awards for their work onsite, marking them down as the best in the UK.

Known as the “Oscars of the housebuilding industry”, the National House Building Council (NHBC) Pride in the Job Quality awards recognise the finest Site Managers from around the country.

Joshua won the award as Site Manager at David Wilson Homes’ Fairfields 1A. He has now been with David Wilson Homes for over three years, having previously been a Royal Marines Commando for just under six years.

He said: “I’m over the moon to win my first Pride in the Job Award! There was an awful lot of effort put in by everybody to try to achieve this award so it is a testament to my team and my sub-contractors on site.

“Fairfields is a very good place to work. My biggest enjoyment is watching the time lapse in build from the first bucket in the ground to handing the plots over to the customers. I must say a massive thanks to my team for putting up with me!”

Deklan, who was also a Royal Marines Commando for over six years, won the award as Site Manager at Barratt Homes’ Fairfields 1B. He has now been with Barratt Homes for more than four years.

Deklan said: “I feel extremely happy to win my first Pride in the Job Award, and it is great to know that the hard work put in by the team has been recognised.

“My favourite part of the site is the early stages of the build and the technical element of construction. I cannot express my gratitude enough for the subcontractors I am fortunate to work with, each of which is highly motivated and professional.

“It is a credit to Barratt Developments’ Armed Forces Transition Programme for Joshua and I to have won these awards. The transition has been really good, and I have recommended it to several of my friends already.”

In total Barratt Site Managers won 93 Pride in the Job Quality awards this year. This is the 17th year in a row that Barratt has won more Pride in the Job Quality awards than any other housebuilder, showing its long-term commitment to building high quality homes.

These awards, now in their 41st year, rate Site Managers against key criteria such as technical expertise, health and safety, consistency, leadership and attention to detail. The awards celebrate the vital role Site Managers play in ensuring new homes are delivered on-time, on safe sites, and to the highest quality standards.

Every Site Manager who is registered with the NHBC is automatically entered into the awards, with just 450 winners being selected from 11,000 entrants, showing how difficult they are to win.

These awards come off the back of a Barratt and David Wilson Homes Site Manager being crowned the overall winner in last year’s awards. Kirk Raine, Senior Project Manager, won the supreme award, the fifth time in the last six years that a Barratt Site Manager has won the top prize.

Amer Alkhalil, Managing Director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes Northampton, said: “These awards showcase only the best new homes and well-run sites. By winning so many awards it demonstrates that we are building some of the highest quality homes in the country. It also shows the long-term commitment we have to looking after our customers and making them happy. No other housebuilder can match our record at the NHBC Pride in the Job Quality awards.”

There awards closely follow Barratt Developments being awarded five stars by its customers for satisfaction in the annual Home Builders Federation (HBF) new homes survey. To be rated five star means that more than 90% of its customers would recommend one of its homes to a friend, with Barratt being the only major national housebuilder to be rated five star for 12 years in a row.

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