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Site managers at three different developments in Bedford win industry awards

Three Bellway site managers from different housing developments in Bedford have each won a prestigious construction industry award.

The Pride in the Job Quality Award has been won by Sean Howard, site manager at Bellway’s Brook View site in Wixams and Alan Holmes, project manager at Bellway’s New Cardington Fields development in Shortstown. 

The coveted award has also been given to Josh Croxford, who is senior site manager at the New Cardington Gate development in Shortstown, which is being delivered by Ashberry Homes – part of the Bellway group.  

All three winners work for Bellway’s Northern Home Counties division, which is based in Milton Keynes.

Organised by the National Housebuilding Council (NHBC), the awards recognise those who achieve the highest standards in construction, with only 443 out of 8,000 site managers across the country being selected to receive the prize this year. The winners will now be considered for the Seal of Excellence and Regional Awards in the autumn.

This is the seventh Quality Award that Alan Holmes has claimed since he joined Bellway in 2012. He has also won two Seal of Excellence awards.

The 61-year-old, from Henlow, said: “Every time I win an award it feels wonderful and is recognition of not only my hard work but of the tremendous input of the team at New Cardington Fields. Everyone is pulling together and striving for excellence in all that we do and that shows in the results that we produce on site.”

Josh, from Northampton, is also no stranger to winning, as he won the Quality Award last year with another housebuilder.

The 30-year-old said: “I only joined Bellway in January this year as senior site manager at Ashberry Homes’ New Cardington Gate development so to win this award so early on in my career here is very good.

“The team on site is very good and they have come to know that my ethos is that if a job is worth doing, it is worth doing properly and to the best of your ability. I can enjoy the award but we must ensure we do not rest on our laurels. What we need to do is use this as a springboard to maintain this level of success.”

Sean, who lives in Bedford, has also won the Pride in the Job Quality Award for the second year in a row, for his work at Brook View.

The 30-year, who started his career in the construction industry as an apprentice carpenter 10 years ago, said: “It somehow feels better to have won the award for the second successive year. The first win felt great but this new award means that we have been able to maintain those incredibly high standards which, in some ways, is harder to do.

“I have been site manager at Brook View since it was launched in 2019 and everyone on the team here knows that I won’t settle for any substandard work on any aspect of the job. The customer is the focus of our efforts and we must never lose sight of that fact.”

Iain Hunter, Construction Director at Bellway Northern Home Counties, said: “For our site managers, winning an NHBC award in any year is rewarding, but this year has been a special achievement in such challenging circumstances, ensuring our building sites are kept to the highest standards we set ourselves at Bellway, and keeping our customers and residents happy with the work we are doing across those sites.

“Alan, Josh and Sean have consistently demonstrated their excellence in delivering new homes to our customers over the past 12 months and Bellway is extremely proud of and grateful for their efforts, resulting in the Quality Award they have been deservingly given by the NHBC. We would like to wish all three of them all the very best for the next stage of the NHBC awards this year, as they progress to the Seal of Excellence phase of judging.”

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