LABC Warranty Site Manager of the Year reveals the secrets of his double success

M H Stainton Homes Site Manager Mark Bailey has been crowned Site Manager of the Year just a couple of weeks after his development won an award at LABC Warranty’s The Bricks.

Mark collected his award at the LABC Building Excellence grand finals in London, to add to the Multi-Storey Development of the Year Award Managing Director Michael Stainton collected for The Broadway, a 50-apartment scheme on Morecambe’s waterfront.

A delighted Mark said: “It's absolutely brilliant, I am buzzing about it. I couldn’t believe it when they read out my name and I stopped and thought, ‘What, do you mean me?’”

Mark beat off stiff competition originally from a prospective 1500 Site Managers before attending the Grand Final with 15 other Site Managers, all England and Wales regional winners from developers large and small, to win the coveted title.

What makes an award-winning Site Manager?

People skills and working for a good developer make a good site manager, according to Mark. “For me I just need to be respected and liked by people on the development,” he said. “You have to learn how to work with different kinds of people, knowing what they’re like and adapting how you work with them.

“At times it’s like you’re a social worker because everyone comes to you with their problems. But that’s how it should work – if you’ve a got a problem on the site, come to me and I’ll sort it.

“What’s really good about working for M H Stainton Homes is that you get the time to do a really good, high quality job. Sometimes I’ve worked at places where there’s such a rush to get something over the line, and that’s when you question the trades and the finished result. The finish on The Broadway is fabulous. The residents love it and it’s really nice for me to walk around it.”

He also cited the importance of having the support of a good inspector. LABC Warranty Surveyors Deputy Manager Neil Gourlay worked closely with Mark on The Broadway.

“It’s really important to have a good relationship with your inspector. Neil was effortless to work with but invaluable and always there when I needed him. He was one of the first I had to thank for my success.”

Awards are a family affair

Mark was not the only Bailey to work on The Broadway. His three sons – 18-year-old Joseph, 22-year-old Charlie and 24-year-old Sam also worked on the development as apprentice bricklayer, electrician and joiner respectively.

“They said I deserved the award for all the hard work I’d put in,” he added.

“People stop and look at the development and that’s really nice to see. It’s definitely a landmark in Morecambe and I hope it helps kick-starts other developments in the area – and that we can get to work on them!”

Every care was taken to ensure the information in this article was correct at the time of publication.

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