Two Kingswood Homes site managers have been crowned among the best in the business in their first year in the role.
Liam Reilly and Ryan Corlett rank among the top 5% of site managers nationwide after scooping prestigious Pride in the Job “Quality” Awards. The accolade is given out by the NHBC (National House Building Council) following a year of assessments covering consistency, attention to detail, leadership, technical expertise and health and safety.
For Liam, the final visit by NHBC inspectors as part of the assessment process came on an unusual day – Kingswood staff were being filmed at Green Hills in Feniscowles, near Blackburn, for a charity music video as part of the Great Big House Giveaway in aid of Derian House Children’s Hospice. Liam rewrote the lyrics to the Madness classic Our House, took on lead roles and had a starring role in the music video. On a typical working day Liam, 39, from Southport, supervises up to 70 people on site at Green Hills.
“It’s my first year as a site manager having taken over at Green Hills from Daniel Cato when he was promoted to area construction manager. He’d won the award previously so I’m really proud to have been able to secure one myself,” Liam explained. “It wouldn’t have happened without such a good team – a lot of the credit goes to the people around me building the homes at Green Hills. I always try to create happy work environment for people.”
“The award shows customers that we take pride in our work. Hopefully if offers buyers some reassurance about the quality of their home,” he added.
Ryan, 27, who lives in Bury, was recognised for his role in supervising construction at The Hawthorns in Elswick, near Preston.
“I’m on cloud nine – the day the winners were announced was the third best day of my life, after meeting my girlfriend and the birth of my daughter. It’s an incredible feeling to be recognised by the judges, particularly given that it’s my first year as a site manager,” he said.
Ryan started his career as an apprentice joiner, was a trainee site manager for 18 months, then worked as an assistant site manager for three years. He was promoted to site manager last year. On a typical day he oversees around 40 people working on site at The Hawthorns.
“Achieving the standards homeowners and the judges expect is a massive team effort, driven from the induction when the trades first come onto site. The subcontractors have done an outstanding job – I can’t thank them enough for their hard work and dedication,” Ryan said.
Ryan and Liam will be put forward for the Seal of Excellence and Regional Awards in the autumn. The national Supreme Award winners – the finale of the competition – will be revealed in January 2023.
Kingswood Homes construction director Stuart Bullough said: “To receive recognition from the NHBC Pride in the Job Awards is the pinnacle of any site managers’ career and I am incredibly proud of both Ryan and Liam, and their collective teams, for winning these converted awards. It is further pleasing that both awards have been won by first time Pride in the Job winners, which demonstrates the quality culture running throughout Kingswood Homes.”
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