Dorset house-builder is UK runner-up for creating exceptional homes

Site manager Stephen Walker (54) from Sydling St Nicholas has been revealed as a national runner-up as the housebuilding industry celebrated its heroes at the NHBC Pride in the Job Awards. It is the only UK competition dedicated to recognising the exceptional people on the ground who oversee housing projects from start to finish. 

Stephen of C G Fry and Son Ltd was rewarded for achieving the highest standards in all aspects of house-building, taking pride in everything from the wellbeing of his team to the satisfaction of new homeowners as well as quality craftsmanship, judged at every build stage.

He was awarded the Runner-up title in the Medium Builder category during a glittering gala awards ceremony in London last Friday, hosted by celebrity comedian Al Murray – a.k.a. “the Pub Landlord”. The Awards have been run by NHBC (National House-Building Council) – the UK’s leading warranty provider and standards setter for new-build homes – for over three decades, and have been instrumental in driving up standards in new home construction.

New homes today are built to higher standards than ever before, and are highly energy efficient, which saves homeowners money. Prospective homebuyers in the Dorest area can do little better than to book in a viewing at Stephen’s Poundbury site in Dorchester, which has been judged by NHBC and independent industry experts to be among the very best in the UK.

Mike Quinton, NHBC Chief Executive, congratulated Stephen:

“Stephen should be incredibly proud. He’s beaten around 15,000 other site managers to get to this point, putting him in the top one percent of his profession. It’s a fantastic achievement that proves that the homes Stephen is producing are of an exceptional standard.”

Following his award, Stephen Walker talked about how he approaches his work:

“In my work, I enjoy challenging designs and seeing the end results, of good quality. I bring 37 years of experience, a keen eye for detail, and I treat every property as though it’s my own.”

Stephen has won three previous Pride in the Job Awards for his work at Poundbury. With 37 years of experience in house-building, he has work for C G Fry and Son Ltd for the last 22 years. He was one of five Supreme Winners and five runners-up announced at the gala event in the competition’s various builder-size categories.