Homebuilder Redrow is hoping to secure further success after being shortlisted in the prestigious LABC Building Excellence
Redrow’s Chorley-based Lancashire division has five managers in the running for Site Agent of the Year along, with three schemes shortlisted for Best New Development in the highly-contested awards, which are held annually to recognise outstanding quality and achievements in the North West construction industry.
The awards, to be staged at the Emirates Old Trafford stadium on May 19, are sought after, not least because they are held in conjunction with the building control departments of the local authorities in which the developments are located. Winners of a regional ‘Excellence’ award go on to compete nationally.
Keith Collard, construction director for Redrow, says: “It is always an honour to be shortlisted for awards because it rewards the effort and commitment we put into what we do, not just as a company but as individuals.
“We expect the best from our workforce and we hope to deliver the best to our customers; and to be in the finals of awards which are organised by those who demand the highest standards from us matters as much, if not more, than any. It says we are achieving our aims.”
Redrow’s five site managers shortlisted in the Site Agent of the Year category have all had to fulfil exacting criteria, which includes building a good working relationship with the LABC surveyor, showing evidence of quality and control on site, managing safety and highlighting and solving any issues or problems. Those shortlisted are:
Barry Holden, 42, from Euxton, Chorley, who manages Heritage Brook
in Buckshaw Village, Chorley, and has worked for Redrow for six years.
The father-of-two says: “It is a special award because it is organised by those who put such stringent controls on us. Only a handful of people are nominated and shortlisted so it means an awful lot. It is recognition for the work we are doing and the standards we are achieving, as well as reassurance that we are, however difficult it can be sometimes, getting it right.”
Simon Nix, 49, from Leyland, has been a site manager for Redrow for seven years. The dad-of-one who manages The Hedgerows
in Clayton-le-Woods is already the proud holder of an NHBC Pride in the Job Quality award and Seal of Excellence and says he constantly asks himself if he would like to buy a house on his own site. “The answer always has to be yes,” he says.
Site manager at Ricksby Grange
in Wrea Green near Lytham, is Martin Caldwell.
Martin, 35, a site manager for 11 years and owner of quality awards and two coveted Seals of Excellence in the NHBC’s Pride in the Job, joined Redrow four years ago after buying his own house from them!
Jim O’Hanlon, 57, from Liverpool is site manager for Redbridge Park
in Fazakerley, Liverpool. Despite a wealth of experience, he has only been with Redrow for 18 months but, having worked on award-winning sites before says: “I would like to think I can win one for Redbridge Park”.
Tony Diprose, 46, a father-of-two, from Penwortham in Preston has been with Redrow for two years and already won two NHBC Awards for Harbour Village in Fleetwood – a Quality award and subsequent Seal of Excellence - but adds: “It’s a lovely site to work on, the estuary views certainly help! It would be great, though, to win another award.”
The shortlisted schemes for Best New Development – which looks at overall appearance, layout landscaping and internal planning - are: Sandy Lane in Buckshaw Village; Abbot Gardens and Woodville Gardens in Moston, North Manchester, and Harbour Village in Fleetwood.
Keith Collard says: “For each site manager and development to be shortlisted is an achievement in itself and praise for Redrow and its team. Would we like to win? Of course we would. Though in many ways, continuing to provide top quality homes that people want to buy and enjoy living in, means we already have.”
For more information about Redrow Homes go to www.redrow.co.uk
Redrow was established in 1974. Today, it is one of the most successful and acclaimed property developers in the UK, building around 5,000 premium quality family homes a year in prime locations across England and Wales. Over Redrow’s history spanning more than 40 years, it has earned a unique reputation for quality and building beautiful homes, which people love to live in. To help achieve this it also focusses on two other key areas: valuing people and creating outstanding locations. Implementing its strategy whilst engaging with colleagues and stakeholders helps Redrow deliver significant value to investors and the wider community. Redrow is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index. For the year ended 30th June 2016, the Group reported record revenues of £1.38 billion. Redrow has been awarded the ‘Best Large Housebuilder’ title twice in the last three years at the What House? Awards. This year, Redrow was named as a UK Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer for the fourth consecutive year. Visit redrow.co.uk for more details.