Llanharry-based project manager wins house-building ‘Oscar’


Lovell site manager Chris King has been honoured with a leading industry accolade for his outstanding work on a popular new housing development at Llanharry, near Pontyclun.

Chris is a winner in the annual Pride in the Job Awards – known as the housebuilding industry’s own Oscars – organised by NHBC (National House-Building Council). The Pride in the Job Quality Award recognises his superb management of the Bryn Celyn scheme, one of developer Lovell’s best-selling developments of new homes for sale.

The accolade was won against fierce competition – this year only 446 Pride in the Job award winners were chosen from around 15,000 UK managers on housing projects across the UK.

Chris, who lives in Treharris, says: “It means a huge amount to get this kind of recognition from the NHBC. I’m lucky to have a job that I love and the support of a highly skilled and dedicated team; this award is for them as much as it is for me. We’ve all enjoyed working at Bryn Celyn and seeing the houses we’ve built proving so popular with homebuyers.”  Chris, 35, joined Lovell 19 years ago as an apprentice carpenter before moving into site management and becoming a site manager in 2007.

Lovell regional director David Gough says: “This is a fantastic achievement. The Pride in the Job awards are not easily won and this success reflects both Chris’s calibre as a site manager and the hard work and talent of those working alongside him. Their shared commitment to delivering homes of the highest quality helped make Bryn Celyn our busiest sales site in 2013.” The tremendously popular Bryn Celyn development on the edge of the village of Llanharry is now entirely sold out.

During the rigorous judging by independent inspectors, Pride in the Job winners must demonstrate consistently high standards at every stage in the build programme of their development, as well as meticulous attention to detail, excellent leadership, technical expertise and robust health and safety processes.

NHBC chief executive Mike Quinton says: “A Pride in the Job Award marks recipients out as top performers, showing their true diligence and commitment to producing the best quality homes possible. By recognising exceptional site managers, NHBC promotes best practice in house building, bettering the construction quality of new homes, year on year.”

Chris will now go on to the next round of the Pride in the Job competition when he will compete for a Seal of Excellence award in the autumn.

Image: Lovell site manager Chris King