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Story Homes wins big at Northern construction industry awards

July 2014

Story Homes has scooped two prestigious titles at the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) awards ceremony held at the Hilton Hotel in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.

Barry Spedding won the LABC Warranty Regional Site Manager of the Year award for his work on the Mabel Wood development in Great Clifton, Cumbria. The Woodlands development at Shotley Bridge won Best High Volume New Housing Development at the awards.

Barry, 50, who has worked at Story Homes for three years was up against other site managers from across the Northern Region. He will now go on to compete for the national title of LABC Site Manager of the Year. Barry, from Workington, said: “I was rather surprised to be nominated and then to win the award just blew me away. To be nominated for an award like this by anybody tells you that you’re doing something right.

“With Story Homes you do build quality homes and it’s reflects in the fact you can win awards like this. I’ve worked with the company for three years and I feel at home here. I have worked in the construction industry for 32 years and I have finally found a building firm that puts quality above all else. The environment at Story Homes is one of encouragement and that’s really helped me to take a lot of pride in my work.”

Contracts Manager Richard Cannon said: “Awards like this mean a lot as we at Story Homes pride ourselves on build quality and quality of design. It’s made us well-regarded in the North East and it makes people want to come and see our developments. We’re all part of a good team. We love to win awards and we wouldn’t be able to do that without our staff and the people who work with us. It’s been great working in the North East. I regularly go on site at Shotley Bridge, people seem happy to be working there and it shows in the final development. Customer feedback has been good. The customers are delighted with the build and their new homes – it’s a real pleasure to see.”

LABC is a membership organisation representing all local authority building control departments in England and Wales. LABC Warranty is the provider of structural warranties for new build homes, and the LABC awards recognise and reward exceptional sites and site management across the UK. The regional awards are an opportunity for industry leaders to celebrate the excellent work of the construction industry within the Northern region. The judges consider a number of areas on each site including: site administration, health and safety welfare facilities, storage and protection of materials, waste control, protection of work in progress and site tidiness.

Mabel Wood is a development of 46 new build homes in the village of Great Clifton near Workington. The recently-completed site was one of Story Homes’ most popular developments, selling out more than a year ahead of schedule.

The Woodlands in Shotley Bridge, County Durham, is being built on the former Shotley Bridge Hospital site. The development is currently moving into its second stage of development.