NHBC Awards

Alan wins recognition in Scotland

NHBC BalgarvieA Site Manager at Perth-based housebuilders A&J Stephen Limited has been nominated for a NHBC Quality Award, one of only three nominations for the North of Scotland.

Alan Robertson, 48, hopes to further his success by securing a Seal of Excellence Award at the presentation dinner at Glasgow Hilton Hotel in October.

Alan, who has notched up 32 years with the company, served his apprenticeship as a carpenter and joiner and progressed to working as a sub-contractor before taking on his current role as Site Manager in 2005.

Congratulating Alan, Ron Sutherland, Construction Manager, said: “On behalf of the company, I would like to warmly congratulate Alan on this national recognition for his achievements on our Balgarvie development in Scone, Perthshire. Alan’s experience and attention to detail, together with his rapport with the team, has been recognised over time by the NHBC Inspector. Clearly, these qualities and the abilities of his team make him a worthy recipient of the quality award. Alan’s success underlines both his own talent and the A&J Stephen policy to grow and develop individuals to managerial levels from within.”

A modest Alan added, “It’s a special thrill to win a Quality Award but the achievement has undoubtedly been a team effort and it is a credit to the entire site team.”

The Balgarvie development has proved to be a winner with buyers over recent years due to the consistently high quality finish of its homes and its prime location. The site comprises a mixed housing development, ranging from two-bedroom bungalows to five-bedroom family houses. The homes are constructed with a traditional wooden frame and finished in a combination of rendering, brick and stone-work. The collection of 250 homes is now in Phase 6, with A&J Stephen commencing works on site in 2001.

Alan was presented with his Quality Award by John Mack, NHBC Inspection Manager on the Balgarvie development in July.

A and J Stephen are a family building firm established in 1935. They use their experience to train their staff to the highest standard and to give the homes they build the most outstanding finish, by combining classic craftsman techniques with innovative new design. They have produced developments throughout Scotland, all of them placed in stunning locations.

The development in Scone is no exception: it is well served by transport links to the ‘leisure capital’ of Scotland, Perth, and Scone’s magnificent attractions are close by. Rich in history, the village of Scone grew around the Augustinian Scone Abbey, which was founded in the 1100s and was frequently a host for the King of Scotland. The original medieval village can still be distinguished in the existing village. In the 1800s the local nobility began to build a new palace, designed by William Atkinson, and this is one feature in the superb backdrop to Balgarvie.

A and J Stephen also recently unveiled plans for eight new apartment homes in Pitlochry to add to their beautiful portfolio. These two-bedroom properties will be within walking distance of the town centre, an attractive spot for those seeking to downsize or buy a holiday home in the area. In keeping with A and J Stephen’s commitment to quality, the exterior facing will be even more desirable than the location – the homes will be built in keeping with local style and finished with slate roofs, wet-dash render and timber cladding.

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