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Cardiff site manager shortlisted for national award

21 October 2021

A site manager from Cardiff is one of just five to be recognised as a divisional winner in the Persimmon Homes Construction Excellence Awards.

Dave Richards, site manager at our new homes development Regency Park at Llanilltern Village in Creigiau, was initially one of 31 nominees across England, Scotland and Wales longlisted.

Recently Dave was named top of the South West Division and will now go forward to compete for the overall Gold, Silver and Bronze awards to be announced in the winter.

Dave received his trophy from Persimmon Group chief executive Dean Finch in front of colleagues and directors and praised the entire team for making Regency Park a success.

The 32-year-old said: “As a team, we have been working towards this for two years since the start of the site.

“From the outset, we made it clear to everyone on site that this was the end game. Everyone from the contractors upwards has bought into the journey and we’re delighted to have achieved this accolade.

“Our focus is firmly on customer service and quality and this is a recognition of that.”

Regency Park, by our sister company Charles Church, is part of a large 1,500 home development off junction 33 of the M4 on the edge of Cardiff. The development will also include a primary school and sports pitches.

Dave, who also recently won a NHBC Pride in the Job Award, has been with Charles Church and Persimmon Homes for eight years having graduated from university with a degree in Project and Construction Management.

Group construction director Andrew Fuller said: “Over the past two years Persimmon has undergone a comprehensive review of operations, resulting in the introduction of ‘The Persimmon Way’ – a national framework for construction and customer care quality which is transforming the business.

“The Construction Excellence Awards will identify those site teams that have embraced The Persimmon Way and demonstrated initiative and outstanding management skills, encouraging everyone involved on their development to excel.”

Key to the implementation of The Persimmon Way was the appointment of a team of Independent Quality Controllers (IQCs), who assess every plot under construction at key stages and only allow work to continue if Persimmon’s higher standards have been met.

Site teams will have demonstrated achievement in areas such as clear communication, supporting staff training, build efficiency and quality, ongoing personal training and development, and delivering positive customer care and after sales service.

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