At a glittering awards ceremony last Friday night in the Culloden Hotel, Braidwater Group’s Brian O’Kane and Colin Britton were recognised as two of the best site foremen in Northern Ireland, among the elite collecting NHBC Seal of Excellence & Regional awards.
On top of that, Brian O’Kane scooped the Regional award for a medium-sized builder (up to 1000 units per annum) and will represent Northern Ireland at the NHBC’s National Supreme Awards in London in January.
The Pride in the Job Awards are one of the most highly regarded accolades in the housebuilding industry. They celebrate the exceptional contribution site managers make in creating homes of outstanding quality, with the NHBC judges selecting the winners.
For Brian O’Kane, this is his second consecutive quality award in recognition of his excellent onsite management at the Birch Hill development in Derry; first Seal of Excellence Award and first Regional Award.
Colin Britton won his first quality award for his overseeing of Clon Dara in Skeoge and also his first Seal of Excellence Award.
Ryan Boyle, chief operating officer for the Braidwater Group, commented: “The Braidwater Group management team would like to acknowledge Brian, Colin and their teams for their high standards of work. They have consistently created homes of outstanding quality at Birch Hill and Clon Dara, ensuring top-class developments with high-end finishing and brilliant customer service.’’
Both Brian and Colin praised the efforts of their respective teams: “We would like to thank both teams, onsite and in the office, sub contractors and suppliers, for their support, hard work and dedication, without which these awards would not be possible.’’
NHBC regional director, Padraig Venney, added: “The judges were impressed with the exceptional management of the winners’ sites and the demonstration of long-term consistency throughout the competition.
“Pride in the Job encapsulates all that is good in the house-building industry from the people to the quality they produce. The site manager is the leader, always supporting and motivating the entire team, to work together to create high-quality homes.”