The Bricks Winners 2020
Egerton Park by Morris Homes
The overall winners of The Bricks 2020 have been announced.
Find out what it means to win The Bricks - and what it takes to be an award-winning site.
In this article we speak to Mark Sherwood, Senior Site Manager from Morris Homes' Egerton Park, winner of Development of the Year (51-100 units) North.
What does this award mean to you, your team and your business?
I’m absolutely thrilled to have won this prestigious award. My site team are also thrilled to bits to get recognition for the tremendously hard work everyone has put in. My directors are obviously thrilled with this award and have each congratulated me. My site team have realised that they have been a major part of history in bringing back the Linotype building to its former glory.
Development facts and judges' comments
- Conversion of Linotype and Machinery Company factory Grade II listed building into 11 one- and two-bed apartments
- 121 new-build two-, three- and four-bed homes on the factory site
- LABC Warranty: New-homes cover for 52 units (to date)
What does winning this award mean to your customers and business partners?
The customers we’ve told are all in no doubt that it’s well deserved. Every single person I’ve taken around and inside the former Linotype building are amazed at what we’ve done. The people living here are overwhelmed with the quality and the heritage around them. Our customers living around the building are also unbelievably thrilled. They’ve seen it from the beginning and now realise what prestige it brings to the community in which they live.
Describe the biggest challenge you had to overcome in creating Egerton Park?
The biggest challenge at Egerton Park was walking into the Linotype building for the first time and realising the scale of the project. I thought, “What have I let myself in for?” But in all the years I’ve been site managing I’ve always been up for any challenge. I can honestly say Egerton Park has changed my life and this building will stick in the memory forever.
Special mention must go to my team of sub-contractors too, who’ve been on this journey for over two-and-a-half years with me and have never shirked a challenge. These are the people who supported us through all the challenges we faced.
Tell us what about Egerton Park makes you most proud
When I first arrived at Egerton Park I could never have imagined what we would achieve here. To see how a brownfield site can be made so beautiful, creating 120 homes with families living in them, where residents stop for a chat, when I walk through the first phase and all the residents wave or say hello, that’s what fills me with pride.