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18 August 2021



A SITE manager from Ormskirk is celebrating after being named amongst the top 5% nationwide.

Dave Read received the prestigious NHBC Pride in the Job “Quality” Awards for his role in overseeing construction at The Hollies in Forton.

He is among just 450 out of more than 10,000 site managers to be recognised in the prestigious awards.

Dave, a first time winner who works for Kingswood Homes, said: “It’s a massive achievement for the team at The Hollies. I was elated when I found out.

“For Pride in the Job the management of the site is judged from the foundations right the way through to the finished product and includes a well-managed and organised site. You have to deliver the best possible workmanship to win. It shows that we care about what we do and we’re building the best homes that we can.”

Dave, who started his career as a joiner, has worked for Kingswood for more than a decade and has seen the company move from being a building company working on domestic and commercial projects to developing sites of its own.

“Site management is a very rewarding career but you have to work hard. We’re lucky that the trades working on site are really good as without them I wouldn’t have been able to win the award – it’s a team effort,” explained Dave, 41 from Rufford, near Ormskirk,

On a typical day, Dave oversees 20 to 40 people working on site at The Hollies.

Kingswood’s innovative Shape Your Home concept, which allows homebuilders to configure the internal layout of their home by selecting from a range of floor plans captured the NHBC inspectors’ attention.

“Shape Your Home is something the inspectors said was a nice option for customers as it’s something different from other housebuilders and means they can choose the layout that suits them,” Dave added.

Dave and colleague Daniel Cato, who oversees construction of homes at Green Hills in Blackburn, are the first Pride in the Job winners for Kingswood Homes.

The judging process assess site managers over a 12-month period with multiple inspections covering consistency, attention to detail, leadership, interpretation of drawings and specifications, technical expertise, and health and safety.

Construction director Stuart Bullough said: “Since I joined Kingswood Homes last year, we have developed a fantastic culture driven towards quality and teamwork. I’ve been encouraging all of the site managers to make a conscious effort to be contenders for the Pride in the Job Awards as quality should be expected as standard. The judging process is rigorous and only the best site managers are recognised.  I’m immensely proud of Dave, Danny and their teams – they’ve all worked extremely hard to achieve the high standards the NHBC inspectors demand. They’re worthy winners of this fantastic accolade. “