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The Orchard, NHBC Awards, Rotherham

With a total of 34 previous awards for excellence in site management under his belt, David Mills, currently site manager at Duchy Homes’ The Orchard development in Braithwell near Rotherham, has scooped yet another Pride in the Job Quality Award.

This is the 14th Pride in The Job Award for David, who won his first Quality Award in 1994. He views the win as the result of a good team effort: “I would like to thank the whole site team for this achievement,” he said.

His remaining commendations include those from local authorities, in-company awards and safety awards. He started his career as a bricklayer and has been working in the construction industry for 41 years.

Speaking of the secret of his success, David said: “You only get out of your work what you put in – and if you work very hard and are quality conscious, then you reap the rewards.

“Also I enjoy building a good home for customers. If I can’t do a good job, then I don’t enjoy going to work. However I think you’re only as good as the last house you built – and you need a good team too. Good management, a good team and teamwork – getting the best out of everyone is the key.

“The whole site team is happy with the award. There’s a great team spirit here and they are all really good guys,” he said.

“You see so many TV programmes about bad workmanship from builders – everyone is looking for quality nowadays. So we really do our best to produce a good product. I always ask myself ‘would this standard of workmanship be acceptable to me if I was buying this house?’

Nick Booth, another Duchy Homes site manager, also won a Pride in the Job Quality Award for his site at Park Drive in Sprotbrough.

Commending their success, Jim Cropper, Group Managing Director at Duchy Homes said: “This is a great achievement and is testament to the hard work and commitment displayed by David, Nick, our suppliers and tradesmen who are also key components in ensuring our houses meet the very highest standards. We are delighted, once again, to receive recognition from the NHBC for our developments.”

The Orchard is an exclusive development of 14 executive homes set within the Braithwell conservation area, which has guided the design principles of this development, which in turn has led to a more traditional style, using natural materials in keeping with this rural location.

All the homes boast an impressive specification including kitchens with granite worktops and appliances including integrated stainless steel single oven, integrated built-in microwave, ceramic hob, stainless steel hood, integrated dishwasher and integrated tall fridge/freezer. Each property has a feature staircase, with white satin paint finish and an oak handrail, and a walk-in wardrobe with hanging rails and shelving in the main bedroom.

Garages have metal, vertical boarded electric doors operated by remote control and front and rear gardens are turfed and landscaped.

TRAD Safety System design, manufacture, supply and install a range of innovative, market leading temporary and permanent fall safety solutions to the construction industry. For Duchy Homes, TRAD Safety System supplied and installed its market leading, cost effective TRAD Deck working platform system which boasts a range of platform heights and the same loading capabilities as a birdcage scaffold, but yet is significantly quicker to install and dismantle.”

Oliver Gwinnell, National Sales Manager for TRAD Safety Systems, said:

“Having worked with Duchy on their first ever project in Sprotbrough, which also won awards, it was important to TRAD Safety Systems to continue our relationship with Duchy on yet another prestigious project such as The Orchard.”

Duchy Homes is part of the GMI family of companies – one of the UK’s leading construction and energy groups.

Over the past 25 years, GMI has built up an outstanding reputation based on its impressive track record of customer satisfaction and project delivery.

Duchy Homes’ relationship with GMI, along with their own extensive background in home-building gives them a track record in delivering successful schemes and a wealth of experience that’s second to none.

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