The site has won an impressive range of awards in the last two years with Graeme as Site Manager, including two Pride In the Job Awards and third best Barratt Homes site in the UK.
According to Graeme, first impressions are crucial to success: “As you enter the compound we’ve got nice flower beds. Then you can see the attractive street-scene with block-paved driveways and lawns.” He was clearly pleased with the way that his team had maintained this quality, saying “a site manager is only as good as his crew”.
The site includes a wide range of two to four-bedroom housing in a roomy, green layout. Many houses feature integral garages, and en-suites and dressing rooms in the master bedrooms. There are also several plots featuring affordable housing built for a housing association.
Graeme stressed that the concern for good building work throughout the entire development. “We deliver Pride In The Job quality to private buyers and to the housing association,” he said. The site won a silver Considerate Constructers award.
Currently all of the social housing units are occupied. Graeme praised the expertise of June Thompson, salesperson, who Graeme described as “part and parcel of the team”. He told us that June has done a “grand job” selling the homes and offering helpful suggestions for improvements.
Speaking of the whole site team, Graeme said that they were very pleased to have won the award, and explained that they all got on very well. Barratt’s support team socialising and are funding celebrations for its winning teams.
Graeme started out in the industry with a small ground works company, but became disillusioned with a site that he was working on and instead went to work in a computer factory. John Styles, a Site Manager for McCleans (later Wimpey’s) asked Graeme to come back to work for him as a storeman, but trained him up. He has been with Barratts for four years, first as a Trainee Manager and then on Mandale park as Site Manager.
Later this year funding is expected to come through for further housing association developments, meaning another phase of HA and private homes should begin at Mandale Park. Graeme will undoubtedly be putting all his energy into achieving just as highly when he returns to the site.