Birds, bats and a regional Site Manager award: all part of the job for Bloor Homes’ Jason Oakley
Bloor Homes’ Site Manager Jason Oakley has won 2019’s first regional Site Manager of the Year Award, becoming the first name on the shortlist for the LABC Building Excellence Awards finals later this year.
Jason, who picked up the award at the Central Region finals in Milton Keynes, puts his success down to hard work, organisation and having a great team around him. His Bloor Homes’ site, Ampthill Chase in Bedford, won Development of the Year at last year’s Bricks and this latest accolade shows the quality of the development extends to the people working on it.
Jason said Ampthill Chase is one of the most complex sites he has worked on – comprising of 259 units made up of 19 different property variants, a mix of tenures which includes social housing and affordable homes, together with acoustic barriers, bat runs, bird boxes and managing foundations around existing site services keeps Jason on his toes.
Perhaps the site’s complexity made the award all the sweeter for Jason and his team. “Winning such a prestigious award acknowledges our hard work and determination to produce top quality homes for our customers.” he said. “To win it last year was fantastic, but to win it again this year was overwhelming.”
What turns a good site manager into an award-winning one?
“The key to a good site manager is good organisational skills, an eye for detail and the drive to build top quality homes for my customers. Its also important to build a great team around you with the same drive and enthusiasm,” Jason said.
“You need to understand the lead times for materials, building achievable programmes to meet our targets. There’s a lot of forward planning involved. You need to work closely with all the sub-contractors planning and scheduling all work to keep on programme and customer expectations.
“For me, winning awards such as the Site Manager of the Year is recognition of my continued hard work, dedication and passion to provide quality homes for my customers. If I’m winning then so are my customers!”
Jason has worked on over 9 sites during his 16-year career as a site manager, ranging from a 12-unit prestigious development, to the latest eco village and now his current site at Ampthill Chase. By the time the development is complete, Jason will have been on site for over three years, delivering a high volume of homes each month.
So what motivates Jason and his colleagues when working on a site like Ampthill Chase?
“Working with a great team helps and we’re all striving for the same goal - customer satisfaction,” Jason explained. “We get great feedback from our customers and surveyors. That’s what this job is all about, building quality homes and having satisfied customers.”
Jason will now wait while other regional winners from across England and Wales join him on the shortlist to be crowned Site Manager of the Year at the LABC Building Excellence Awards in London on 8 November 2019.
- Congratulations also to Justin Williams from Redrow’s Saxon Square development in Luton and Craig Robson from Banbury Rise in Banbury, another Bloor Homes development, who were Highly Commended at the Central Region finals
Read more about the Site Manager of the Year awards here