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Tarves and Aviemore Site Managers recognised as two of UK’s best

21st Jun, 2024


Scotia Site Managers from Tarves and Aviemore have been recognised as two of the best in the UK after winning a top housing industry award.

Fraser Stephen, of the Willowburn development in Tarves, is celebrating having received a Pride in the Job 2024 Quality Award from NHBC, the UK’s largest provider of new home warranties and insurance, for the 4th time, alongside Norman Bruce who has won Dalfaber's first award in Aviemore.

Now in its 44th year and widely considered the ‘Oscars’ of the house-building industry, Pride in the Job has become the benchmark for exceptional site managers. Judging is rigorous, with assessment across six key areas: consistency, attention to detail, leadership, interpretation of drawings and specifications, technical expertise and health and safety. Thousands of inspections, with meticulous scoring and detailed verifications, have taken place to determine the 449 winners from a field of more than 8,000 sites, representing the top 5% of UK site managers.

Celebrating his success, Fraser said: "I'm delighted to win my 4th Pride in the Job award and 3rd site in a row to win this prestigious award!

"It's been a huge effort from everyone at Willowburn since I took over last year. It can be challenging coming onto a site at a later date, but highly rewarding when you see the effort, dedication and commitment from everyone which has lead to the site winning its first NHBC Pride in the Job award,

"One very happy site management team! Thanks to everyone involved at Willowburn, Tarves!"

Commenting on the awards, Steve Wood, CEO at NHBC said: “For more than four decades, Pride in the Job has underpinned NHBC’s purpose of raising standards in house building. The competition recognises the UK’s top site managers, showcasing best practice and rewarding excellence.

“Winning site managers demonstrate dedication, passion and leadership to ensure new homes are delivered to exacting construction quality standards. While house building is a team effort, we believe the greatest influence on the quality of a finished home is the calibre of the site manager and the way they inspire their team. Congratulations to all the winners.”

Pride in the Job has five categories: small, medium and large builders, plus multi-storey for projects up to seven storeys and high-rise for projects more than seven storeys.

The Quality Award winners will now go on to compete for Seal of Excellence and Regional Awards in the autumn, with the national Supreme Award winners unveiled in January 2025.