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Norfolk House Builder Carries Off Two ‘Pride In The Job’ Awards

Pride in the Job Award winners Tim Walsingham right and Danny Pinner centre with Abel Homes MD Paul LeGrice sm

Two construction site managers from the same Norfolk-based house builder have been recognised as amongst the best in the UK, both winning prestigious ‘Pride in the Job’ Awards from the National House Builders Confederation (NHBC).

Tim Walsingham and Danny Pinner both work for Watton-based Abel Homes, and the pair will now go forward to the NHBC’s ‘Seal of Excellence’ Award (an accolade which Mr Walsingham has also won for the last six years in a row), the next stage in the annual search for the best site manager in the UK. 

The pair have now notched up a staggering 15 Pride in the Job Awards between them.

Mr Walsingham, from Beetley, is senior site manager at the firm’s Swan’s Nest site in Swaffham.  This is the ninth time he has won a Pride in the Job Award, with eight of these coming consecutively over the past eight years.  For the past five years he has also carried off the title of Best Regional Site Manager in the medium-sized builder category for East Anglia and the East Midlands.

He joined the firm in 1999 as a digger driver; he is currently in charge of a site where 427 new homes are being built. 

Mr Pinner, from Holme Hale, joined Abel Homes in 2001 as an apprentice carpenter, working his way up to become senior site manager.  This is the sixth time he has won a Pride in the Job Award.  He is currently overseeing the firm’s Three Squirrels site in East Harling.

The Pride in the Job Award is given following a ‘Michelin Guide’ style inspection by a NHBC inspector, who assess site managers against 38 strict criteria, including workmanship, excellent leadership skills, technical expertise, the ability to turn the designer’s intentions into reality, good health & safety standards and a commitment to raising standards.  The scheme has been running for more than 40 years.

Abel Homes managing director Paul LeGrice said, “Very few Pride in the Job Awards go to smaller house builders, so to win two is a reflection of the effort we put into keeping very high standards at all of our new home developments.

“We are very proud of both Tim and Danny for their achievements in winning the award yet again.  They have both worked their way up to their current positions during their time at Abel Homes, which is credit to their hard work, enthusiasm and great attitude.”

More details about the NHBC Pride in the Job Awards can be found at www.nhbc.co.uk/awards-and-events/pride-in-the-job/2024-awards.  More details about Abel Homes can be found at www.abelhomes.co.uk.