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Graham sets the gold standard at housebuilder awards

22 March 2022

Graham Pearce has been recognised for the quality of his health and safety work at Saltram Meadow with the gold award in the Health, Safety and Environment category at the recent ‘Excellence Always Awards’.

Graham is a project manager at the site in Plymouth and was recognised by judges for his skilled management on a large and challenging area, which includes a local primary school in the middle of the development.

The traffic management arrangements were deemed to be of an ‘outstanding’ standard and given the ‘utmost priority’ ensuring children, parents, teachers and workers were safe and secure.

Graham was also commended for the high level of cleanliness and organisation which made it difficult for judges to distinguish between the occupied areas and those still under construction at Saltram Meadow.

His environmental management at the site was also highlighted, in particular the handling of constant dust suppression measures to prevent nuisance to residents and minimising impact on the local community.

The accolade was announced at a ceremony which took place in Birmingham where Graham received the award in front of 200 of his colleagues from across the UK, each representing the 31 regions.

Commenting after the ceremony, Graham said: “It is a real honour to receive this gold award, particularly given the calibre and work of my fellow nominees in this category. 

“It is also testament to everyone involved at the Saltram Meadow development, from the effort of my highly skilled and dedicated team of professionals, to the assistance of residents and the local community.

“As you can appreciate, children understandably get excited by the sight of big dumper trucks, but by implementing comprehensive traffic management arrangements we’ve protected them, their parents and teachers at all times.

“We will not rest on our laurels at Saltram Meadow and will continue to uphold the highest safety standards possible so we can leave a legacy that delivers economic, social and environmental value to the local community.”

Congratulating Graham, Adam Church, managing director for Persimmon Homes Cornwall, added: “We are delighted that Graham, his team and our business have been recognised for the excellent work undertaken at Saltram Meadow.

“The health, safety and wellbeing of our customers, our workforce and our communities is paramount for Persimmon, and we will continue to prioritise reducing our environmental impact on our sites across the region.

“This is vital if we are to deliver on our vision to be Britain’s leading homebuilder, with quality and customer service at its heart, building the best value homes on the market in communities across Plymouth and Cornwall.”

Graham joined Persimmon Homes as an assistant site manager in March 2013 after gaining experience of managing commercial contracts such as schools and hospitals. He was promoted to site manager just three years later in 2016 and is now a project manager running phase five of the Saltram Meadow development.

The silver award in the category went to Darren Boggett from Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire with the bronze award received by John McMaster from the West Scotland region.

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