“If you work on a quality site, you end up producing quality homes.”

Dan Royce, Senior Build Manager for Willmott Dixon, is a firm believer that if a site is run well and kept clean and tidy, it will result in a good quality build. This approach has certainly been approved by LABC Warranty, after Dan was named Site Manager of the Year 2019 for the South Yorkshire/Humber region for his work on a site near Conisbrough, Doncaster.

Why the award is more than a trophy

“I’m really proud of Old Road in Conisbrough and our team, but I didn’t really have any expectations for the awards,” Dan said. “It was great just to be nominated and be in with a chance of winning, but to win it means a great deal.

“The big thing for me is that we’ve been recognised by an external organisation for a job well done, and for creating a quality product for our customers. It gives you a chance to see how you stand up against others in the industry. When you’re involved so closely it can be difficult to do that.”

Willmott Dixon’s Old Road development features 41 affordable units on a brownfield site for Doncaster Council, boasting a mix of 2-, 3- and 4-bed homes and bungalows. The main difficulty of the traditional brick-and-block build was the site’s unexpectedly shallow bedrock in places.

Doncaster Council began their current house build programme in 2013, with more than 350 new homes handed to residents to date. Their in-house architect developed the house types and Willmott Dixon have been building them since 2014.

Doncaster Council’s Housing Programme Manager, Charlotte Johnson, praised Dan’s work at Conisbrough and other projects. She said: “I’ve worked with Dan now for a number of years and he is a credit to the Willmott Dixon family.

“He is incredibly hard-working and conscientious, always striving to go that extra mile. He works in true partnership with the customer and always works with us to deliver a solution. He’s great to work with and is committed to the vision that we have for affordable housing in Doncaster.”

Dan has been in the trade since leaving school at 16, and a Site Manager for 15 years. His largest project was Loughborough University’s £10m SportPark, now home to many of the country’s top governing bodies and national sports organisations.

Dan joins Jason Oakley (Bloor Homes, Central Region), Brian James (Hale Construction, South Wales), Mark Bailey (M H Stainton, North West), Radoslav Ivanchek (Persimmon, North Wales), David MacDonald (Willmott Dixon, East Midlands) and Chris Hayden (Berkeley, London) going through to the Site Manager of the Year finals at the LABC Building Excellence Awards in November.


Please Note: Every care was taken to ensure the information in this article was correct at the time of publication. Any written guidance provided does not replace the reader’s professional judgement and any construction project should comply with the relevant Building Regulations or applicable technical standards. However, for the most up to date LABC Warranty technical guidance please refer to your Risk Management Surveyor and the latest version of the LABC Warranty technical manual.


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