Sutton site manager scoops building excellence award

Neil Vickers (third left) with his award at the Building Excellence Awards for the East Midlands region

A site manager from Sutton-in-Ashfield working for Mansfield based housebuilder Rippon Homes has won Residential Site Agent of the Year at the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards for the East Midlands region.

The annual awards evening celebrates the achievements of individuals in the construction industry, as well as excellent buildings, compliance with regulations, craftsmanship, and the ability to think of creative solutions for difficult problems.

Rippon Homes is a partner of the LABC, meaning that it ensures buildings are safe and follows standards set by the regulatory bodies through the building regulations.

Neil Vickers, 41, was one of only seven site managers to be nominated in this category. He has been automatically shortlisted for the Grand Finals which will take place on Friday 10th November at the Westminster Park Plaza in London.

Starting as an apprentice bricklayer and working his way up to site manager, Neil has been working for Rippon Homes for 25 years. He is currently working on a site in Mansfield called Oakham Gardens. Neil said: “I feel honoured to have won the award and I am very much looking forward to the Grand Finals later this year.”

Ian Dyke, Managing Director at Rippon Homes, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Neil has won the award and that he has been shortlisted for the finals. “He is an excellent site manager and winning this award is a testament to his hard work.”

Paul Everall, Chief Executive of LABC, said: “Our Building Excellence Awards are an opportunity for the industry to celebrate good practice.”Our winners demonstrate how positive working relationships with local authority building control teams achieves high quality, sustainable buildings. Our awards are unique because they recognise how this cooperation improves building standards and professionalism across the industry.”

Oakham Gardens on Hermitage Lane is an appealing development of 25 three bedroom semi-detached homes and three and four bedroom detached homes. With prices starting from £218,000 for the last remaining four bedroom homes, the development is ideal for young professionals and families.