Site Manager Gerry Rice has won an NHBC award for his work on the Barratt Homes development, The Limes, for the second year running.
“Getting an award is very good for business for any company,” he told Premier Construction. “But to get nominated on the same site shows that we have kept the high standards up. The reaction of the team has been fantastic.”
Situated in the beautiful town of Lindfield in West Sussex, the development comprises 120 family and one-bedroom homes in various sizes and styles. An attractive setting with a country feel, the town boasts a variety of friendly pubs and a strong sense of community traditions. The main road through the town is lined with lime trees, whilst the Eastern Road Nature Reserve is also close by.
The new homes are particularly suitable for young people and families. Traditionally finished with materials such as timber cladding and tile, most of the spacious houses and apartments are spread over two floors. An exception to this is the Woodcote design, which is a three-storey, four-bedroom terrace with a master bedroom that is served by its own en suite and spacious dressing room.
The site has incorporated wide verges and grassy areas to complement the open spaces and countryside that characterise the local area. The development also backs onto open land that is punctuated by mature trees, creating an exclusive, friendly environment. London and Brighton are within easy distance of the development, whilst South Downs and the coast are just short drives away.
Most of the properties feature off road parking, whilst the Woodcote and the Virburnum have their own integral garages.
The success of The Limes has been further cemented by the completion of the 120 homes, 110 of which have already been sold.
Gerry Rice commented:
“Last year when we won the award we were about half way through the site and now the work is complete, it’s a great way to finish off the development. It’s a beautiful area and the internal and external finishes are of an extremely high standard too. The village of Linfield has a reputation for being a very sought after area and the sales have gone really well.
“It’s all about keeping the standards up and ultimately making sure that the product sellable. The little details make a big difference so we have done our best to ensure that the quality and standard of the development is very, very high.”
Like many site managers, Gerry has been in the industry since he left school. After finding an apprenticeship as a bricklayer on a five-year college course in Scotland, he joined Barratt Homes twelve years ago as an assistant manager and has since worked his way up to site manager.
Once his work on The Limes is complete, he will be working on a 135-home development in the nearby village of East Grinstead. He will be celebrating his NHBC success with his team at the awards ceremony in September.