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Meadows Keep scoops NHBC Award

Meadows keep in Felpham, West Sussex has been awarded an NHBC Pride in the Job Seal of Excellence Award.

Construction on the development was started in January 2010 and is due to be completed in the summer of 2016.

Award-winning Site Manager Phil Cripps told Premier Construction about the project. He said:

“Meadows Keep is part of a larger development in which there are around 770 units in total. Within Meadows Keep there are 147 units, including houses, apartments, retail units and we are also working with a housing association. It will be a complete new community.”

The main contractor is Barratt David Wilson Homes and accommodation at Meadows Keep ranges from two, three and four bedroom homes, coach houses – which are flats over garages – and two-bedroom apartments. All the building work is of traditional construction.

Phil said:

“The exterior work is within traditional planning, so we are using traditional flint and stone, some render and brick units and we are also using weatherboard cladding like the old style Boston houses.

“There is also a lot of landscaping being carried out. In terms of the progress of the project, out of the 147 units in total, we have 66 left to build with five currently under construction.

“We are very big on localism as well and consulting the local community. We have had regular meetings with the parish councils and district councils and are keen to use materials from the local area.”

Phil was awarded the prestigious NHBC Pride in the Job Seal of Excellence due to his work as Site Manager. He told Premier Construction how surprised he was to receive the award at the ceremony in Brighton.

“As we come under London and the South East in terms of area, we were up against a lot of high quality developments, such as £3 million penthouses. In our category, London had around 17 of the Seal of Excellence Awards and then I got one of the last three.

“I think there’s a mixture of reasons that I got the award; I have a good team around me, the quality is very good as well as the organisation and high health and safety scores. The NHBC take into account a  number of things when they are marking, they’re not just looking at the quality, they’re looking at the way the site is run, the welfare facilities, the site tidiness, health and safety.

“I have worked in the industry for 25 years. I started off as an engineer and then got into site management around 12 or 13 years ago and I haven’t looked back since. I’m very pleased with the award. It’s a great achievement not just for me but for the whole company. It’s always nice to win awards. It lets you know that your standards haven’t dropped and you’re doing the right thing – it’s nice to be recognised.”

Peter Green Contracts Ltd

Trading for 56 years, Peter Green Contracts supply and fit all types of floor-coverings, including carpet, carpet tiles, vinyl (sheet & tiles), slip resistant vinyl, linoleum, Amtico, Karndean, laminate and engineered wood.

They have worked with Barratts for over 30 years as a flooring sub-contractor and have also worked on various projects for schools, local authorities, housing associations and nursing homes.

They have also done work for the Diocese Of Winchester and Winchester Cathedral among other commercial works.

Adrian Daly from Peter Green Contracts said:

“On Meadows Keep we started by putting the flooring in the show homes and sales centre.

We also fitted carpets and vinyl flooring to the affordable housing on the site, and other flooring used in the private plots.

“This project is a large site due to continue over several years. We have had a good working relationship with Barratt Homes over many years and are keen to continue this in the future.

“Peter Green Contracts have built a reputation for competitive pricing combined with excellent customer service and quality in the commercial sector. We have a team of experts to guide clients all the way through the projects they are undertaking and are able to work to tight deadlines, remaining flexible enough to fit in with the client’s needs.”

AFM Safety Deck

AFM Safety Deck provide and install a system to ensure safety on building sites.

Andy Forcey from AFM Safety Deck said:

“The plastic system stops the construction workers falling into the building and restricts their fall from height.

“It  goes in at ground floor level for the carpenters putting the joists in and it goes up to the first floor level for the carpenters fitting the roof. We’ve installed this system on many projects, including on Lakeside in Eastleigh for Barratt Homes.

“It’s an easily installed system and can be done at short notice and out of hours if necessary- we pride ourselves on efficiency and really enjoyed working on Meadows Keep.”

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