10 site managers who work for David Wilson Homes East Midlands, based in Coalville, have all secured top national awards for the quality of build at new housing developments across the region.
Five of the winning site managers oversee the delivery of new homes in Leicestershire, and have each received a top industry Pride in the Job Quality Award from the National House Building Council (NHBC). These prestigious annual awards are known as the “Oscars of the housebuilding industry”.
Nationally, site managers working for David Wilson Homes and its parent company Barratt Developments have won 98 Pride in the Job Quality Awards this year, achieving more awards than any other housebuilder for 18 years in a row.
David Wilson Homes Project Manager, Alex Coltman – who has been managing the Grange View development in Hugglescote for two and a half years – has now achieved his 14th Pride in the Job Award after 25 years with the developer.
Alex said: “It always feels special to win a top industry award. To achieve an NHBC award, it’s about building a team with the same beliefs and driving them to create the best results possible.”
Site Managers James Bailey, Tom Czerpak and Steve Curtis have all been named winners this year, each claiming their third Pride in the Job Award.
James has worked as a site manager for three years on the Fleckney Fields development in Fleckney, and has received the prestigious award each year at the site.
James (45) said: “I feel very proud to have won my third award – it’s a great achievement for my team. The continuous hard work from everyone over the years has really paid off, and we are all sure of what we need to do to achieve great results.”
Tom (37), has accumulated all three of his Pride in the Job Awards for his hard work at David Wilson Homes at Kibworth.
Tom said: “The win feels especially good this year after facing some particularly challenging hurdles with national labour and material shortages. It’s also down to my excellent team, who do the best to ensure the best standard of build is achieved.
“I’d like to give a huge thank you to our Senior Contracts Manager Ivan Towson, who has also helped to oversee the development as well as others. All three of Ivan’s developments won this award, which is a great effort!”
Steve (58), who has been a David Wilson Homes site manager for 12 years, has now secured his third award, this time for the quality of build achieved at Burnmill Grange in Market Harborough.
He said: “It’s a fantastic feeling to have achieved my third award, as it has been four years since my previous one; it’s certainly up there with my biggest career achievements.
“This award belongs not only to me, but to my brilliant team. I’d like to thank all of them, particularly Ivan, because without them this achievement wouldn’t have been possible.”
Site Manager Ben Jones – who has worked at David Wilson Homes for a total of seven years, and has spent nearly four of them working on the new homes at Wigston Meadows in Wigston – won his first Pride in the Job Award.
Ben (37) said: “I feel ecstatic to have won my first Pride in the Job Award. It’s all about teamwork and the people who have dedicated themselves to this fantastic site, it’s a win for all of us.”
The Pride in the Job Awards showcase the best site managers in the country who can demonstrate exceptional standards in building new communities, delivering the highest quality homes for their customers. Each site manager is judged on a range of key criteria including health and safety, their technical knowledge, customer service and attention to detail.
Every site manager who is registered with the NHBC is automatically entered into the awards, with just 450 winners being selected from over 11,000 entrants.
The awards also help to build quality standards across developments and teams, with winning site managers invariably having an assistant site manager working with them. They in turn learn the high standards that are needed to win, increasing quality throughout the industry.
John Reddington, Managing Director at David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said: “We want to make our customers happy by building high quality homes for them. These awards recognise only the best new homes and well-run developments and we are very proud of our record having won more of these awards than any other housebuilder for 18 years in a row.
“Every customer who buys a home built by a site manager who has won a Pride in the Job Quality award can have confidence that their home is of the highest possible quality.”
These 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 the developer being the only major national housebuilder to be rated five star for 13 years in a row.