Scotland site managers win top award for house building quality

Left to Right: Cathal Lamph (CALA Homes East), Fraser Stephen (Scotia Homes), Peter Lawrie (Bellway Homes Scotland East)

SCOTLAND’S best site managers have been recognised for achieving the highest standards in house building after winning the most highly regarded competition in the industry.

Organised by the National House Building Council (NHBC), the UK’s leading new homes warranty and insurance provider, the prestigious Pride in the Job Awards 2023 crowned three regional winners at Hilton Glasgow on Friday 29 September 2023:

  • Medium Builder category – Fraser Stephen of Scotia Homes for his work atChapelpark in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire
  • Large Builder category – Peter Lawrie of Bellway Homes Scotland East for his work at Earl’s Way in Dunfermline, Fife
  • Multi-Storey Builder category – Cathal Lamph of CALA Homes East for his work atWaterfront Plaza in Edinburgh, West Lothian

As well as their category wins, Mr Stephen, Mr Lawrie and Mr Lamph were awarded aPride in the Job Seal of Excellence. A further 11 site managers from across the region were also awarded this accolade after they gained a Quality Award in the first round of the competition in June. They were:

  • Scott O’Donnell of Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Scotland, Aberdeen
  • Colin McNeish of Miller Homes Scotland West, Glasgow
  • Barry Cooper of Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Scotland, Inverurie
  • Allan Barclay of Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Scotland, Aberdeen
  • Victoria Chalmers of Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Scotland, Aberdeen
  • Barrie Mitchell of Barratt Homes East Scotland, Edinburgh
  • Steven Maguire of CALA Homes East, Broxburn
  • Gavin McCann of CALA Homes East, South Queensferry
  • Ben Chapman of CALA Homes North, Aberdeen
  • Ewan MacLean of David Wilson Homes East Scotland, Edinburgh
  • James MacLennan of Stewart Milne Homes Scotland, Paisley

Now in its 43rd year, judging for the NHBC Pride in the Job Awards is rigorous, with each site manager assessed across six key areas: consistency, attention to detail, leadership, interpretation of drawings and specifications, technical expertise and health and safety. 

The flagship competition has three categories for different sized businesses: small, medium and large house builders, plus a multi-storey category where site managers are working on projects up to seven storeys for multiple occupancy and a high-rise category for multiple occupancy projects over seven storeys.

Commenting on the Awards, Steve Wood, Chief Executive, NHBC said: “For more than four decades, Pride in the Job has underpinned NHBC’s purpose of raising standards in house building. The competition recognises the best site managers in the UK, showcasing best practice and rewarding excellence. We are celebrating the vital role site managers play in ensuring new homes are delivered on time, on safe sites and to exacting construction quality standards.

“NHBC’s Pride in the Job Awards are an important part of our work to help homeowners by driving improvements in construction quality. We believe the calibre of the site manager and the way they inspire their site team have the greatest influence on the quality of the finished home. Winning site managers tell us it motivates them to give a little extra and to strive for ever-higher standards in the houses they build.

“Congratulations to all the 2023 Pride in the Job Regional and Seal of Excellence winners. They are an inspiration and should be very proud of the quality of new homes they are creating.”

A series of regional events are taking place throughout the UK to announce the Seal of Excellence and Regional Award winners and celebrate the achievements of the Quality Award recipients.

Mr Stephen, Mr Lawrie and Mr Lamph will now go 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 2024.

For further information and the full list of winners, please visit: Pride in the Job 2024 | NHBC.

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