Cornish Builder Wins NHBC Award

Linden Homes’ site manager, Jerry Dawkins, has won a prestigious NHBC (National Housebuilding Council) Pride in the Job Quality Award for his constant strive towards perfection at Royal Barham House in Truro.

Royal Barham House is not your typical new homes development. The Royal Cornwall Infirmary was left derelict after it shut in 1999 and was in a sad state of disrepair.Its roof was leaking, the roof timbers had rotted, most windows had gone, some stone was badly damaged and urgent work was required to salvage the grand building.

Fast forward 14 years and it’s a very different story. Jerry and his team have breathed new life into the former hospital - transforming the neglected building into 19 beautiful apartments.

Commenting on his award, Jerry said: “I felt I owed it to the building to restore as many features as possible, sometimes it took a bit of creativity but we worked closely with the Conservation Officer and I feel very proud of the result.

“It’s not everyday you get to work on a development like this and I’m over the moon with the NHBC award.”

Nigel Palmer, managing director of Linden Homes said: “It is testament to Jerry and the whole team that the quality of homes produced at Royal Barham House has been recognised as one of the highest in the country.

“Competition is really fierce and we’re absolutely thrilled that Jerry has been recognised – we wish him all the best in the next round.”

Linden Homes South West’s Rob Baker, project manager at the company’s Milbury Reach development in Exminster was also honoured with a NHBC Pride in the Job Quality Award.

They now go on to be judged in the second round stages of the competition and the regional award winners will be announced on 13th September at a ceremony in Bournemouth.

Pride in the Job is the housebuilding industry's most prestigious awards programme. Running for 32 years, Pride in the Job continues to recognise the UK's best site managers.

Linden Homes is currently building homes in Exeter, Exminster, Okehampton, Westward Ho!, East Ogwell, Stoke Gabriel, Goodrington, Plymouth, Liskeard, Duporth, Grampound, Truro, Wadebridge and Camborne.

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For further information, contact Emma Mackay on 01626 356666 or email emma.mackay@lindenhomes.co.uk

19 August 2013

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