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The best - and proud of it!; ECHO HOMES.

THE AWARDS are coming in thick and fast for North-West house builders.

More than 16,000 site managers across the UK have been competing for just 400 Pride In The Job accolades awarded by the National House Building Council.

The fact that many are being snapped up by managers in the North-West and on Merseyside proves the high standard of workmanship that can be found in the area.

Warrington-based Alfred McAlpine Homes North West, for instance, has revealed that eight of its managers in the North-West have shown their commitment to excellence in the house-building industry by picking up the awards.

Winners include Tony Buckley at Quebec Quay in the former south docks at Liverpool, Don Clegg at Gleneagles Park, Caldy, Wirral, Phil Cooper at Bishopsgate, St Helens, and Chris Wetherell at Ravenscroft, Up Holland, west Lancashire.

The company's construction director, Frank Tiplady, said: "We are naturally delighted that once again Alfred McAlpine Homes in the North-West has been recognised by the NHBC.

"Five of our site managers have been consistent winners of this prestigious award, which demonstrates their on-going dedication to their work, their colleagues and of course the end product."

Another company celebrating is Crosby Homes, with site manager Dan Challenor winning an award for his work at the Kingswood Park development in Birkdale, Southport.

Kingswood Park is a select mix of luxury apartments, mews, Victorian villa and detached style homes, with prices from pounds 145,000 to pounds 412,500.

Crosby construction director Ralph Bacon said: "Dan's got everything from a good technical mind and a methodical nature to the ability to motivate staff and run a highly organised operation. He's really made his mark at Kingswood and has earned this national recognition.

"A site can stand and fall on quality issues and this is where the site manager's role is crucial. Dan has worked with enthusiasm and commitment to ensure the success of Kingswood Park and is a worthy recipient of this award."

St Helens man Steve Gaskell has also won an award, as site manager on a Bett Homes development.

Bett construction director Steve Griffin said: We are extremely proud that Steve's skills and outstanding commitment have been justifiably recognised.

"Steve has demonstrated very high standards of house building, with clear and effective management of his team of tradesmen and subcontractors on-site."

Steve is site manager The Parks, in Crewe.

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ALFRED McAlpine Homes winners in the area include Don Clegg (top left), and, bottom row, Chris Wetherell, Tony Buckley and Phil Cooper, first, second and fourth from left consecutively
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 27, 2001
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