London & South East NHBC Awards

Craig West wins NHBC Award on his first development

Wellington Gate Craig West Charles Church South East NHBC Awards 2012

Craig West from Charles Church South East has won an NHBC Pride in the Job Award on his first project as site manager.

The Wellington Gate housing development comprises of 80 two to five-bedroom homes in the village of Maresfield, East Sussex.

Previously farmland, the development enjoys a picturesque countryside location between the North and South Downs, and Maresfield has excellent road and rail connections for Tunbridge, Brighton and London.

The houses are timber framed and the site includes 24 Housing Association homes. Within the development there are a total of 26 different house types each with different finishes.

The architect on the project was Banners Gate.

Craig West, Site Manager and winner of an NHBC Pride in the Job Award said:

“Sometimes you build quite similar house types which can be quite repetitive, but there’s a lot of variety here so it’s a nice job to work on. The different designs and finishes mean that the build is quite varied, and the end result will look really nice.”

The project began in July 2011 and is around half way through. To date, 29 houses have been completed and another 29 are currently under construction.

Craig found out about his NHBC Award in June and was very pleased to have been given this recognition for his work on the Wellington Gate project.

Craig West said:

“The award has helped me feel confident about the work I have done on the Wellington Gate site, considering that it is my first project as site manager.”

Charles Church South East is part of Persimmon Plc, one of the UK’s leading house builders. Craig began working with the Persimmon Group as an apprentice carpenter when he was 18. After finishing college he remained with the group and was made an assistant site manager before becoming site manager a year later.

On his career development with the Persimmon Group, Craig said:

“I’m really happy here. Persimmon has given me all the opportunities I could have wanted; they are really good to me.”

Craig is looking forward to the upcoming NHBC Awards ceremony and the chance to represent the Persimmon Group in the South East.

Craig added:

“The awards ceremony is in Brighton in September. The Persimmon Group has won 20 awards throughout the country, but I am the only winner in the South East. I’m really pleased to have won and to be able to represent Persimmon in this way.”

Cox Carpentry is completing all of the carpentry work on the development including the construction of timber frames, roofs and front and back doors and is also carrying out all first and second fixings and proofs. The company has been involved with the project from the beginning and will continue to provide carpentry services throughout the duration of the development.

Cox Carpentry Ltd Director, Michael Ives, said:

“To have the Cox Carpentry Ltd name recognised against an award-winning NHBC project is very important to us. The work on the site is being completed to a very high-standard and this demonstrates that our company is more than capable of achieving these level of quality craftsmanship.”

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