A site manager, who is building new homes in Seaham, has won a prestigious national award for his work at a local housing development.

Site manager at Bellway’s Byron Heights, Geoff Ward, has been named as the winner of a National House-Building Council (NHBC) Pride in the Job Quality Award for his ‘excellence in site management’.

Geoff, 59, who began working as a site manager at Bellway four years ago, has now secured his first NHBC award while working for the builder.

Winners of NHBC’s Pride in the Job awards were announced on Friday 19 June, with fewer than 450 site managers out of 11,000 across the UK being honoured with the prestigious industry accolade.

The awards scheme, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, recognises site managers who demonstrate excellence and commitment to producing homes of outstanding quality.

Geoff said: “When I first received the email announcing my Pride in the Job award win, I was in disbelief.

“It still hasn’t really sunk in. It’s such a huge honour and I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this award without my wonderful team, including Chris the assistant site manager.

“I believe the traits of a successful site manager are to be a good team player, have clear communication skills and strong organisational skills.

“Bellway has helped to provide great opportunities and resources for the workers here, and you can tell this has helped to inspire the team to work to the best of their abilities.

“My wife unfortunately passed away a year and a half ago, and from that moment my attitude to life completely changed.

“I couldn’t have coped without work and without Bellway’s support. I really believe that the team here has given me the drive to help me achieve this award.

“Byron Heights is an extremely popular site, and the workers here have put their all into ensuring the homes and customer service are of the best quality they can be. I think my wife would be very proud of what I’ve been able to achieve, and I’m very thankful for my team.”

Over the course of nearly a year, site managers across the UK have been observed and judged by NHBC officials.

The judging process for the Pride in the Job awards takes in a multitude of criteria, including consistency, leadership skills, attention to detail, interpretation, technical skills and health and safety.

Geoff, along with other Quality Award winners, will now be put forward for a Seal of Excellence award, with winners being announced at NHBC’s Regional Awards events in Autumn 2020.

Construction Manager at Bellway Durham, Jason Molnar, said: “Winning an NHBC Pride in the Job award is a huge accomplishment in this industry, and we are very proud of Geoff and his team, as we feel they are truly deserving of this honour.

“It is our mission at Bellway to build high-quality homes which are delivered on time and which withstand the test of time, while also providing exceptional customer service for our buyers, and Geoff exemplifies this commitment to quality.

“His dedication to the job is part of the reason that we’ve consistently retained our five-star status with the Home Builders Federation, based on the fact that more than nine out of ten of our customers say they would recommend Bellway to a friend.

“On behalf of myself and the rest of the team here, we would like to congratulate Geoff and wish him the best of luck in the next stage of judging.”