Success at the double for Paul and his team
Winning an NHBC Pride in the Job Regional Award in the Northern Ireland & Isle of Man Medium Builder category for the second year in a row for his site at Lagmore Glen, Belfast, is delighted Antrim Construction site manager Paul O’Neill.
And with a further eight previous NHBC Pride in the Job Quality Awards, plus three Seals of Excellence under his belt, he is certainly no stranger to success – although he puts much of this down to the work of his ‘dedicated and excellent’ site team.
“Winning the award is a reflection of the dedication of the team we have on site, we have some excellent contractors here and I certainly couldn’t have done it without them. Everyone came on board and they are really good guys to work with. It’s all down to teamwork and doing the job right first time. You need good teamwork to produce top quality homes,” said Paul.
He added that another important factor in winning the award is being consistent in maintaining a high standard and a good quality finish, giving the home owner the best possible product and also reflecting well on the construction company. A further key element is ensuring careful programming of trades and materials.
Said Paul: “The name of the award describes exactly what it takes to win it – pride in the job. I think that to be nominated for any level of NHBC Pride in the Job award is a career milestone. The management of the company were absolutely delighted when the site won the Regional Award for the second time – as were the whole site team.
“Antrim Construction is a well managed, well set up company and has been trading for almost 50 years. It’s a good thing to see their development win a regional award twice.”
Paul, who has been working in the construction industry for 30 years, won his first Pride in the Job Quality award in 2005. He started his career as a joiner before moving on to maintenance management, and finally site management.
Speaking of the Lagmore Glen site he said: “It’s a development that lends itself to the contours of the sloping site with multi-storey split level properties. We have just completed a block of 12 apartments in the most recent phase and are now starting a new phase of split level housing.”
The overall scheme comprises several hundred properties and has proved extremely popular with buyers.
Firmly established as one of the most popular developments in West Belfast, Lagmore has everything to offer the prospective home buyer. A full spectrum of properties is available, from two-bedroom apartments through to spacious four-bedroom family homes.
Such is its popularity, that many customers have simply ‘moved up and down’ the property ladder within the same development.
All of the properties at Lagmore Glen feature external elevations of traditional cavity construction, with brick and/or plaster render for the external finish, topped by a white uPVC square edge fascia, barge and soffit.
Roofing is in a contrasting grey coloured, rolled concrete tile, crowned by a dry fixed ridge tile. White coloured uPVC hexagonal guttering with square uPVC downpipes compliment the external trim.
Energy saving white uPVC double glazed windows with locking latches (except those deemed emergency escape routes) are standard. White coloured uPVC French doors or aluminium sliding patio doors are fitted where applicable. A low maintenance GRP front door and uPVC rear door with double-glazing complete the external elevation.
Internally, 4″ square edge MDF skirtings and 3″ contemporary MDF architraves painted gloss white are featured in each room.
Painted MDF cillboard nosed and rebated provides a seamless finish to the windows and is complimented by ash veneer internal doors with brushed chrome coloured latch furniture.
Redwood newel posts and handrails with stop chamfered balustrades treated with clear preservative where appropriate are incorporated in homes with stairways.
Ceilings are smooth plastered and ventilation/extractor fans are fitted in the kitchen, bathroom, ensuite (where applicable) and WC.
Externally, all front garden areas will have a lawn unless otherwise specified. Flat top garden edge and treated rail fencing will be erected where applicable. Fencing will include a timber privacy screen between adjoining properties; all other fenced areas will comprise treated timber posts and rail (approx 900mm high).
Driveways will be finished in bitmac and a decorative pavia path will be provided to at least the front and rear elevations, with level access to one external door.