My name is Rhys, a first time dad blogging about my adventures and experiences of being a parent. [email protected]

Wales site managers win top award for house building quality

L-R: Luke Carter, NHBC Regional Director; Michael Thomas, Small Builder Category Award Winner; Craig Thomas, Large Builder Category Award Winner; Steve Wood, NHBC CEO

Wales’ top site managers gathered to celebrate their achievements at NHBC’s Pride in the Job 2022 Awards which were held at City Hall in Cardiff earlier this month.

Organised by NHBC, the UK’s leading new homes warranty and insurance provider, Pride in the Job celebrates site managers who have achieved the very highest standards in house building. It is the most highly regarded competition in the house-building industry and a prestigious benchmark for exceptional site managers.

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

Now in its 42nd year, judging for the 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 competition is split between three categories: small, medium and large house builders, plus a multi-storey category for site managers working on projects of five storeys or more for multiple occupancy.

This year’s Regional winners were:

Small Builder category – Michael Thomas of South Meadow Homes Ltd, for their work at Fourth Lane in Pembroke

Large Builder category – Craig Thomas of Redrow Homes South Wales, for their work at Mill Meadows in Caldicot.

As well as their category wins, Mr Thomas and Mr Thomas were each awarded a Seal of Excellence. A further five managers across the region were also awarded a Seal of Excellence at the ceremony having gained a Quality Award in the first round of the competition in June. They were:

  • Rhys Thomas of Barratt and David Wilson Homes South Wales
  • Paul Oakley of Bellway Homes Wales
  • Rob Evans of F G Whitley & Sons Co Ltd
  • John Greggain of L Greggain & Co Ltd
  • Gareth Davies of T I D Holdings Ltd

Over more than four decades, Pride in the Job has underpinned NHBC’s core purpose of raising standards in house building by championing high-quality homes and protecting homeowners. By recognising the very best site managers across the UK, showcasing best practice and rewarding excellence, the competition celebrates the vital role that site managers play in ensuring new homes are delivered on time, on safe sites and to exacting construction quality standards.

Commenting on the Awards, NHBC Chief Executive Steve Wood said: “For more than 40 years Pride in the Job has been an important part of our work to help drive construction quality. Winning site managers tell us that it inspires them to give a little extra and to strive harder for ever-higher standards of house building.

“At NHBC we believe that the calibre of the site manager and the way they inspire their site team has the greatest influence on the quality of the finished home. By promoting friendly rivalry, showcasing best practice and rewarding excellence, Pride in the Job supports the delivery of homes of the highest quality.

“Congratulations to all the 2022 Pride in the Job Seal of Excellence and Regional Award winners. They are an inspiration to us all and should be very proud of the quality of new homes they are creating.”

The Regional Award winners 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 2023.