Posted: 5 July 2017 by Amanda Dixon
A local senior site building manager and his team in Loughton have been delighted to receive a NHBC Pride in the Job award.
Ken Andrews and his team have recently been recognised for the work undertaken at Landmark, Loughton, a new residential development of 64 stylish apartments by local developer Higgins Homes.
A Pride in the Job award is the highest industry accolade a site manager can receive and is the only UK-wide competition dedicated to recognising site managers who achieve the highest standards in house-building.
Ken has been a site manager for the last 25 years and has worked for Higgins for 20 of that. Along with his team, Ken was automatically entered into the competition because Landmark is registered for an NHBC building warranty.
The process to be awarded the NHBC Pride in the Job was carried out by regular inspections from an area manager to assess all areas of the building process. Everything from observing the ways the team work through to the management set up, keeping areas clean and tidy and how staff are managed were considered.
“An important part of the inspections was looking at how we deal with any problems or job redesigns to make the end product for the buyer the best it can be,” says Ken. “My personal philosophy is that standards should be how I would expect them in my own home so the personal touch is very important.”
In the 20 years that Ken has worked for Higgins, he has built many homes for people, all with the same level of attention to detail. “Higgins has very high standards and expectations all round,” says Ken. “There is also a lot of trust between us and that allows us to make our own decisions based on what’s best for the building. It is a fantastic achievement to be awarded the Pride in the Job award. Although it is my name of the certificate, it really is a team effort and is great recognition for all the hard work we put in.”
Landmark is a highly contemporary building stylishly finished with a colour palette of white, cool grey and aluminium. Attention to detail is evident both inside and out and the curved silhouette of the building has formed an architectural gem. Landmark comprises 64 one- and two-bedroom apartments complemented by new retail space at street level and office space on the seventh floor.
Well-considered space, open-plan design and high end finishes are attracting a wide range of buyers and the NHBC approval is another tick in the box. “The regular involvement from a NHBC area manager will give buyers peace of mind and reassurance that their home is built to a very good standard,” adds Ken.