Cardiff site manager to represent Wales at UK construction awards

A Cardiff-based site manager from David Wilson Homes South Wales has been recognised for exceptional on-site management at the National House-Building Council’s (NHBC) Welsh regional Pride in the JobAwards.

Paul Oakley, Senior Site Manager at Goitre Fach in St Fagans, was presented with three illustrious awards, a Quality Award, Seal of Excellence and a Wales Regional Award — a feat which will see him represent Wales at the NHBC UK national awards in January 2021.

With more than 450 site managers shortlisted, the NHBC judging panel opted to award Paul as an outstanding example of dedication, passion and leadership in Welsh construction.

Celebrating its fortieth year in 2020, the NHBC’s Pride in the Job Awards scheme has played a key role in promoting the high quality of new homes in Wales and the wider UK by showcasing and rewarding best practice among site managers in the industry.

The thorough awards process involves a series of spot checks on site, covering everything from technical skills and quality workmanship to customer service and site safety — all merits which Paul has excelled in this year.

This is the ninth Pride in the Job award Paul has received in his four years as Senior Site Manager. However it’s the first time he has won the Wales Regional Award — the title which has earned him a place at the NHBC UK national awards next year.

On achieving this milestone, Paul said: “I have won many Pride in the Job awards since joining the company in 2016, including four Quality Awards and four Seals of Excellence, but the Regional Award is the one all site managers work hard to achieve.

“Customer satisfaction is at the heart of everything we do, so to be recognised by the NHBC for the quality homes we produce for our customers fills me with great pride — especially when competing against thousands of other talented site managers within the industry.

“I’ve managed Goitre Fach for two years now, and overseeing its development through to completion has been extremely rewarding. House building is without doubt a team effort, and I would like to thank the Directors, Line Managers, Assistant Managers, my team and sub-contractors for their hard work and encouragement.

“My family have always been so supportive, too, so this accomplishment is a reward for them just as much as it is for me. I’m now looking forward to the national Pride in the Job Awards, taking place early next year.”

Meanwhile, site managers Kurt Patterson, who oversees Goitre Fach’s Barratt Homes branded sister site Maes Y Deri, Paul Ellis at Scholars Park and Rebecca Roberts at St Michael’s Gate also each scooped a Quality Award, flying the flag for Barratt and David Wilson Homes South Wales.

Now in his third year as Site Manager at Maes Y Deri, Kurt was proud to receive his very first NHBC Seal of Excellence, as well as the Quality Award, commenting: “My journey with Barratt Homes began just four years ago, and the support and wealth of experience I’ve received from senior management and other departments in this time is second to none.

“They always strive to achieve the highest of standards — an attitude that, in turn, filters through to the wider team and helps us deliver the best possible homes for our customers.”

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