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Newland Homes' hat-trick at industry awards

Gloucester-based housebuilder Newland Homes has scooped a hat-trick of accolades at this year's Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Awards.

Two of Newland Homes' site managers have been singled out for praise by the LABC and a housing development by the company has been highly commended in the LABC's Best High Volume New Housing Development category.

Shaun Hasell, site manager at Newland Homes' Newland Orchard development in Whitminster, was highly commended in the LABC Warranty Site Manager of the Year in the West of England region.

Mark Holden, site manager at Newland Homes' Old Pump House development in Bedminster Down, Bristol, has been rewarded with a LABC Warranty Site Recognition Award for the consistent quality of workmanship shown at the site.

And a scheme of 28 low carbon, energy-efficient homes at Rectory Gardens in Maisemore has been highly commended in the LABC's Best High Volume New Housing Development category. Homes at Rectory Gardens utilise the latest thinking in air source heat pumps to avoid reliance on fossil fuels, and the properties also benefit from a superfast fibre broadband connection.

The LABC Awards recognise the dedication and commitment it takes to deliver quality sites and site managers across the country are rewarded for their exceptional contribution to construction. The LABC works with over 3,000 sites nationally and are only able to recognise a small number of sites and individuals with these awards.

Newland Orchard is Mr Hasell's first site as a site manager; prior to this he was part of the team at Newland Homes' Twyning Green development in Twyning. His role is taskmaster to ensure that every new home is built to the highest possible standards.

He said: "I'm very pleased to have been shortlisted for Site Manager of the Year, especially on my first site as manager. I was nominated for the award by our LABC Building Inspector, who has over 40 sites in the area, so it's good to know he thinks Newland Orchard is one of the best."

Mr Holden added: "All sites are scored by LABC surveyors during their inspection visits, which take place regularly throughout construction. The assessment scores cover a number of different categories, including health and safety, site tidiness, standard of site management and the standard of workmanship. The high score for Old Pump House is a great pat on the back for me and my team."

Ian Hughes, acting head of construction for Newland Homes, said: "The awards are testament to the high standard of workmanship we achieve on our sites and the invaluable work the teams have undertaken in exceptional circumstances this year, given that they have also had a host of additional Covid-19 related health & safety measures to implement and comply with."

Sarah Sheppard, LABC warranty technical director and head judge said: "Even with the additional challenges posed by Covid-19, the standard of qualifiers across the board once again has been exceptional, raising the bar for construction standards."

Newland Orchard is a collection of 31 individually designed, sustainable three, four and five bedroom detached and semi-detached homes in Whitminster, with far-reaching views over adjoining countryside. Tailor made appointments to view the development are available daily between 11am and 5pm.

For further information please visit www.newlandhomes.co.uk/whitminster

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