Harlow site manager wins top award for building quality

Business / Fri 29th Sep 2023 at 08:53am

THE South East’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 four regional winners at Hilton Brighton Metropole, on Friday 15 September 2023:

  • Small Builder category – Aaron Parradine of Wickford Development Co Ltd for his work at Woodlands Park in Great Dunmow, Essex
  • Medium Builder category – Gavin Pullen of Rose Homes for Life for his work at Lawford Green in Manningtree, Essex
  • Large Builder category – Steve Morgan of CALA Homes South Home Counties for his work at Ockford Park in Godalming, Surrey
  • High-rise Builder category – Ian Brown of Hollybrook (Harlow) Ltd for his work at Burnt Mill in Harlow, Essex

As well as their category wins, Mr Parradine, Mr Pullen, Mr Morgan and Mr Brown were awarded a Pride in the Job Seal of Excellence. A further five 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:

  • Alan Clarke of Anderson O&U Limited, Faversham, Kent
  • Dan Reed of Barratt and David Wilson Homes Southern Counties, Peacehaven, East Sussex
  • Darrell Wilson of Bellway Homes Kent, Maidstone, Kent
  • Jake Beauchamp of Taylor Wimpey South Thames, West Malling, Kent
  • Valentyn Samchuk of Vistry Kent, Rochester, Kent

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.

All four of the regional winners for the South East 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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3 Comments for Harlow site manager wins top award for building quality:

Kim Oconnor
2023-09-29 08:58:57

I heard a lot wrong with theses new builds.. and not going back to fix problems.

2023-09-30 17:49:48


Lorraine Doull
2023-10-01 07:25:55

They're unbelievably ugly and make Harlow look like a London Borough

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