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Building Site Manager Wins National Award For Challenging Affordable Housing Project

Julia Simmons/ Nathan Pyett – Site Manager, C G Fry & Son / Kevin Murch Construction Director C G Fry & Son and Teresa Murch.

Site manager Nathan Pyett from independent developer, C G Fry & Son has won a Considerate Constructors Scheme 2014 National Site Bronze Award.   Nathan received his award in London and was joined by his partner Julia Simmonds and Kevin Murch, Construction Director of C G Fry and his wife Teresa.  This award is in recognition of improving the image of construction and was for Holmdale site in Sidmouth built for DCH (formerly Devon & Cornwall Housing).

The Considerate Constructors Scheme's much-revered National Site Awards 2014, recognises and rewards the UK's most considerate sites that have raised the bar for considerate construction.  The National Site Awards are presented to the highest performing registered sites and are an opportunity for the industry to get together and celebrate its achievements in improving the image of construction. 

Every award-winning site demonstrated a true commitment to considerate construction, and as a result, has greatly benefitted communities, the workforce and the environment. 

The scheme of 12 flats for shared ownership was constructed to Code for sustainable homes Level 3.  Built on a very confined site of a former motor workshop, later used as a gym, the apartments fit well architecturally into the town centre environment.

Designed by ARA Architects, construction by C G Fry started on site in August 2012 and work was completed on 24 January. The scheme, which cost just over £1million to deliver, attracted a grant of £175,488 from the Homes and Communities Agency. 

Kevin Murch ─ Construction Director C G Fry & Son says: “Holmdale was a very difficult and tight site that required the use of a tower crane and needed road closures with scaffold erected over a live road. I have praise and admiration for the way Nathan managed this challenging project.  The presence of a construction site can have a huge impact on the local community and Nathan liaised with all the home owners and businesses to ensure that respect and courtesy was given to those affected by the works.  As a result this helped to minimise the impact of deliveries, parking and work on the public highway.  Nathan could not have been more dedicated to this housing project and he highly deserves the recognition of this award for a job well done.”

East Devon District Council with partners DCH unveiled the 12 new affordable flats in Mill Street, Sidmouth available to purchase under a shared ownership scheme. The smart new Holmdale apartments are the result of a partnership agreement between the Council, which retains the freehold of the town centre site, and DCH, who manages affordable housing schemes across the South West.

Rob Finch, New Business Manager at DCH, says: “We are delighted by this prestigious award win and see it as recognition of the fantastic collaborative working that was the founding principle of the project. C G Fry & Son again delivered excellent quality of build and project management; bricks, mortar and paperwork all second to none. We are extremely proud of these much needed shared ownership apartments. High quality affordable housing has obvious social benefits but it also plays a key role in supporting the local economy, providing accommodation for people who wish to live and work locally, employment for construction workers and income for local businesses who benefit from people remaining in or moving into the area.”

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