Recent successes by Risby Homes have included Quality Awards in both 2014 and 2015. These are a result of careful preparation and planning of projects before commencement of building operations, and careful monitoring of quality standards throughout the building process. Sustaining the level of care required is not easy, and can only be done with a team that not only fully understands what they are doing, but also enjoys doing it. It is this combination of traits that has given Risby Homes their success to date, and we are determined to continue this into the future.
As an example, our St. Helen's Garth project in Welton perfectly illustrates the constant striving for quality. Awards and accolades in any profession are highly prized, but when you work in and come from East Yorkshire and you are runner-up in a highly prestigious national award – at your first attempt – then you have double reason to be proud of your achievement.
Site manager Andrew Dawson, 46, who works for local housebuilder Risby Homes at its St Helens Garth site in Welton, has reason to celebrate. He was a national runner-up in January, as the housebuilding industry celebrated its heroes at the NHBC Pride In The Job Awards finals.
It is the only UK competition dedicated to recognising the exceptional people on the ground, the ones involved in housing projects from start to finish.
Mr Dawson was given the runner-up spot as a reward for achieving the highest standards in all aspects of housebuilding.
The award takes into account everything from the wellbeing of his team to the satisfaction of new homeowners. Probably more importantly, it includes the quality and craftsmanship on site, which is monitored at every stage in the build process. He was awarded the runner-up title in the Small Builder category during a glittering gala awards ceremony in London, hosted by celebrity comedian Al Murray – aka The Pub Landlord.
RUNNER-UP: Andrew Dawson, centre, receives his award from Al Murray, aka The Pub Landlord, left, and Mike Quinton, of NHBC.
However, it is not Risby Homes’ first success at Pride In The Job. Mr Dawson said: “This is our sixth local award in a row and along the way we have picked up four regional awards as the North East of England winners. I have been lucky and worked closely with a previous Pride In The Job local and regional winner from Risby Homes. This is the first year I have entered, and I feel proud that I have reached the high standards required to be a Pride In The Job winner. You could say it was first time lucky but I only came second, so there’s still one more step to go.”
Mark Barrett, managing director of Risby Homes said: “As a company we are really proud of our record in these awards. The Pride In The Job Awards is the only UK-wide competition recognising the skills of site managers. It’s a very tough standard to maintain over a 12-month period and it’s unprecedented in our region for a builder of our size to win six in a row. We are not the only ones who gain from these awards, homeowners who buy a Pride In The Job award-winning house benefit from knowing they are buying a high-quality product that’s been recognised by our industry’s leading regulatory body.”
All of this comes in a very important period for the company and this run of awards could not have been better timed. Mr Barrett said: “We are just finishing off the final plots on our new prestigious site in Welton, called St Helen’s Garth. We are building six homes in the centre of this beautiful and highly desirable East Yorkshire village. These are fantastic homes, large in size and with a specification higher than anything we have built before. Andrew is our site manager at this development and the construction requires great attention to detail by all involved during the building process. It’s important that people realise the quality of the houses we build, not just at St Helen’s Garth but at all our sites.”
Mike Quinton, NHBC chief executive, congratulated Mr Dawson, saying: “Andrew should be incredibly proud. He’s beaten about 15,000 other site managers to get to this point, putting him in the top 1 per cent of his profession. It’s a fantastic achievement that proves the homes Andrew is producing are of an exceptional standard.”
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