Meet the Bricks 2019 Finalists – Part 4

The Bricks Awards are about the people behind the build as much as the developments themselves. Our Unsung Hero and Rising Star categories turn the spotlight on the individuals that help deliver outstanding quality, often underscored with a personal touch.

In the latest of our Bricks preview articles, meet the candidates vying to be the ultimate Unsung Hero and Rising Star of The Bricks 2019.

Unsung Hero

Our Unsung Heroes go above and beyond the call of duty. You can rely on them to make things happen, they ensure everything runs smoothly and believe nothing is too much to complete the job.

Nominee: Terry Mills

Company: Robertson Developments Limited

Nominated by: Jason Mitchell

“Terry has worked for the business for over 20 years, formerly as a Mason / Groundworker actively involved in the construction of the company’s building projects. As Terry has entered the twilight stages of his career, he undertakes many of the unseen roles within an active residential development, i.e. clearing out houses as the various different trades perform their works to ensure that each stage is complete, ready for the next trade to complete their tasks.

“Terry, who now works part time for the company having turned 70 years of age, is a vital part of the process. You know that when you go on site, Terry has been through the house, with everything left neat and tidy and presented in a professional manner. Terry has a tremendous deal of pride in both the company and his role within it and goes about his role with the minimum amount of fuss. Every site needs a 'Terry'!”

 

Nominee: Bob Chapman

Company: Oakeve Limited

Nominated by: Paul Newton

“Bob is one of our site managers at Oakeve. He has been responsible for whole-house projects, as well as finishing foreman on many previous projects. However, the reason for his Unsung Hero nomination is that at Clifton Grove, a development of five detached houses, he has single-handledly assumed responsibility for all groundworks and landscaping activities.

“He is very hands on, often driving machinery, planting trees, laying turf, directing sub-contractors to keep the significant landscaping works moving along with the progression of the new build houses. Landscaping is a very important element at Clifton Grove – set within Ancient Woodland – to retain the character of the site and soften the new build houses against their woodland backdrop. In addition, Bob has also returned to previous builds, where he has both performed works as well as organised other trades to attend to snagging works. He is a great asset to the company, and the work he does just gets done, without fuss or trouble – he really is an Unsung Hero!”

 

Nominee: Nathan Woolhouse

Company: Hammond Homes of Distinction

Nominated by: Debbie Hammond

“Nathan joined the company back in 2018 after being medically discharged from the Army. He had joined the army at the age of 16 and served in the Royal Artillery for four years. During this time, he undertook humanitarian roles, both here and abroad, rebuilding an orphanage in Kenya to giving up his Christmas leave back in 2015 to assist in flood evacuation here in the UK.

“Nathan joined us through the government backed Buildforce UK programme as a tele-handler driver. However, it was clear from the start that this wasn't his forever job. He had already enrolled at college on the Construction and the Built Environment course and had quickly expressed his interest in site management. He now not only continues to drive the tele-handler but has been promoted to assistant site manager where he has earned the respect of many subcontractors twice his age.

“He is first on site in a morning and the last to leave, often giving up his weekends if required. He has undertaken further training in first aid, health and safety, fire marshall and banks man to name but a few. His attitude and work ethic is second to none and I honestly couldn't think of anyone any more deserving. Nathan is an absolute credit to our company and will no doubt excel through the ranks. It’s the army's loss but definitely the construction industry’s gain.”

Nathan Woolhouse from Hammond Homes of Distinction

Nathan Woolhouse from Hammond Homes of Distinction

 

Rising Star

Our rising stars are graduates, apprentices or trainees, ensuring consistent high levels of skills and service and demonstrating a willingness to learn to develop their expertise.

Nominee: Harry Fox, studying to be a quantity surveyor

Company: Aspen Build (East Anglia) Ltd

Nominated by: James Doubleday

“Harry has been assisting me with Quantity Surveying and Contracts Management over the last year across five different projects for the London Borough of Redbridge. Harry is very dedicated and although studying to be a quantity surveyor does not mind also getting involved with site management and contracts management roles to help the team successfully handover these social housing projects.

“Harry has also made time to help train young students from a local school (The Forest Academy) by providing work experience in measuring sub-contractors accounts. Harry always goes the extra mile to help out the teams.”

Harry Fox from Aspen Build

Harry Fox from Aspen Build

 

Nominee: Lewis Charlesworth, Site Management

Company: Oakeve Limited

Nominated by: Paul Newton

“Lewis joined us as a graduate trainee in September 2015, having graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Product Design. He was keen to learn, and for his first couple of years, shadowed one of our more experienced site managers. Over the last 16 months he has been part of a site management team building detached houses in Chesham Bois, where he has grown in confidence and ability to become a leader and the “go to” man on site.

“He has passion, drive and commitment, often staying late to meet and discuss design decisions with clients, and has led the way in many of the design areas (kitchen design, wardrobes, fitted furniture), but is equally comfortable getting his hands dirty to meet deadlines and help out trades with the completion of time-critical activities. He is an affable person, and has forged truly remarkable relationships with clients and sub-contractors alike. He is only 26, but has learnt from his 4 years at Oakeve and is a most valued and respected member of the management team.”

 

Looking forward to The Bricks 2019

Who will be crowned winners of The Bricks 2019? Find out on Thursday 24th October, when the finals take place in Illuminate at the Science Museum, London.

See who else has been shortlisted by clicking the link below:

What do our Bricks judges look for when they inspect a site? Watch one of the judges, Mike Swatton, explain in these short videos.

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