A civil engineer turned project manager has scooped his second NHBC Pride in the Job Award for his work on a multi-million residential development in Kingston-upon-Thames.
Majid Ridha, of Crest Nicholson Ltd (South), received the award for The Royal Gallery – a seven-storey 124-apartment project. The scheme also won a second commendation from the NHBC for its on-site health and safety performance.
Majid, who has been with the company for 10 years, said: “It is a great feeling to receive the award, but it is one for all the team working on the project. I believe it was the team’s attention to detail that enabled us to secure the award.”
For the former civil engineer, who turned to project managing sites several years ago, it is his second award in three years.
He said: “The award is also recognition for the way the team had to manage and build on a site where access was difficult, efficiency of material supply was key and planning was critical. We coped, but it was a bit of a challenge.”
The building, which has been designed into the shape of the letter ‘E’, features wings consisting of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, including 79 private and 46 affordable homes. The building is constructed on a concrete podium, with landscaped gardens between each wing.
All wings are linked into one build, and a doctor’s surgery is incorporated on the ground and first floors, with car parking at basement level. Apartments benefit from either a terrace or balcony, and the development also features a selection of penthouses with large rooftop terraces.
Kitchens will come complete with stylish units, electric ovens and brushed steel Bosch appliances, including an electric oven with chimney hood and gas hob. Penthouses will come with granite worktops, double electric ovens and stylish glass chimney extractor hoods. Bathrooms and en-suite bathrooms to master bedrooms will include elegant Hansgrohe fittings.
Nearly half of the properties have already been sold and the project is close to completion.
Heatmech Ltd carried out all the plumbing and heating work on the project. W Hanson Group supplied all the ply wood and timber for the scheme.
Crest Nicholson has been building new homes for over four decades and is firmly established as a leading developer with a passion for not just building homes, but creating vibrant sustainable communities.
Its development portfolio ranges from contemporary city centre apartments and townhouses to traditional detached family homes and complex regeneration schemes.