Property

NI’s top site managers honoured at prestigious industry awards

Underpinning excellence: Padraig Venney (NHBC regional director), Philip McCullough (Strand Homes), Cathal Brannigan (Alskea), Paul Greville (Alskea) and Steve Wood (NHBC CEO)
Underpinning excellence: Padraig Venney (NHBC regional director), Philip McCullough (Strand Homes), Cathal Brannigan (Alskea), Paul Greville (Alskea) and Steve Wood (NHBC CEO) Underpinning excellence: Padraig Venney (NHBC regional director), Philip McCullough (Strand Homes), Cathal Brannigan (Alskea), Paul Greville (Alskea) and Steve Wood (NHBC CEO)

Northern Ireland’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 Slieve Donard in Newcastle, Co. Down on Friday November 10.

They were: 

  • Small Builder category – Philip McCullough of Strand Homes for his work at High Trees in Donaghadee, Co. Down
  • Medium Builder category – Cathal Brannigan of Alskea Ltd for his work at Oakfield Park in Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim
  • Multi-storey Builder category – Paul Greville of Alskea Ltd for his work at Belvoir Park in Belfast

As well as their category wins, Mr McCullough, Mr Brannigan and Mr Greville were awarded a Pride in the Job Seal of Excellence. A further six site managers from across Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man were also awarded this accolade after they gained a Quality Award in the first round of the competition in June. They were:

  • Karl McGee of Alskea Ltd, Holywood, Co. Down
  • Criona O’Hara of Braidwater Limited, Limavady, Co. Derry
  • Dominic McGreevy of Hartford Homes Ltd, Ramsey, Isle of Man
  • Michael Poole of Porter & Co, Hillsborough, Co. Down
  • Gavin Murray of Lagan Homes Ltd, Bangor, Co. Down
  • Sam Sayers of S & DS Construction Limited, Castlederg, Co. Tyrone
Sam Sayers from S & DS Construction Limited scooped a Seal of Excellence Award for Mount Bernard Rise, Castlederg
Sam Sayers from S & DS Construction Limited scooped a Seal of Excellence Award for Mount Bernard Rise, Castlederg Sam Sayers from S & DS Construction Limited scooped a Seal of Excellence Award for Mount Bernard Rise, Castlederg

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.

Excellence is no tall order at High Trees in Donaghadee. Pictured are the team from Strand Homes supporting Philip McCullough
Excellence is no tall order at High Trees in Donaghadee. Pictured are the team from Strand Homes supporting Philip McCullough Excellence is no tall order at High Trees in Donaghadee. Pictured are the team from Strand Homes supporting Philip McCullough

“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 McCullough, Mr Brannigan and Mr Greville 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.