WINNING an award from the National House Building Council (NHBC) has been a long-held ambition for Tom Church, but it was being in charge of a project in Crowborough that helped him finally achieve it.
Mr Church, 32, started work as Site Manager of the Ashdown Gardens residential development in Crowborough last year, and received his Pride in the Job (PITJ) quality award exactly one year later.
He had nearly won the Best Practice award previously, but this was the first site he had managed right from the start of construction, and he set his sights on getting the award this year.
NHBC provides warranties and insurance for new homes across the UK.
Every site registered with NHBC is automatically considered for the quality award, but out of over 8,000 sites inspected this year, only 444 site managers received an award.
Mr Church and the other 443 employees can now be considered for the Seal of Excellence award later in the year.
He only joined the Vistry Group, which includes the Linden Homes, Bovis Homes and Countryside Homes brands last year.
He thanked his colleagues on the Eridge Road-based site, saying: “We’ve got a great team here and they have all been here with me since day one. We have a great team ethos.
“It’s a big well done to all of them as they have all played a part in this award win.”
The 16-acre Ashdown Gardens development in the north of Crowborough will consist of a total of 119 homes, featuring a central public open space with a children’s play area.