Top award for Bernicia's in-house build team

Bernicia’s talented in-house building team has scooped a top construction industry award for the quality of workmanship and site management at our Castle Square development in Backworth, North Tyneside.
LABC Warranty, one of the largest providers of structural warranties in the UK, has given the scheme a North East ‘The Bricks Site Recognition Award’, praising its high standards of construction, overall site management, health and safety and tidiness.
The award is just recognition for the team comprising project manager Rod Hutchinson, site manager Ian Marshall, commercial manager Dave Bell, Katie Hall, contracts administrator, and gangers Ross Nairn and Kevin Borthwick.
They are all under the leadership of Simon Grylls, head of construction. The scheme, comprising 32 homes, a mix of two, three and four bedroom homes, two bedroom bungalows and two bedroom apartments, is due for completion next August. The homes will be available for affordable rent and for shared ownership.
The Castle Square scheme is the only building site in the North East to win a Bricks Recognition Award in October.
Simon said: “This award is so well deserved for the team – Rod has got the site so well organised, with the whole team working hard to keep it tidy. The brickwork is some of the best I’ve ever seen.
“It’s a pleasure for me to walk around the site, to see how well organised it is. I can see the pride the team is taking in the building work and maintaining the site to the the quality we promised we would.”
The Bricks Site Recognition Award winners are chosen every month and are then further shortlisted at the end of the year, where only the best of those sites will be rewarded with The Bricks annual award trophy, one of the construction industry’s most prestigious awards given to outstanding sites from England and Wales.
LABC Warranty is one of the largest providers of structural warranties in the UK. Working in partnership with Local Authority Building Control (LABC), its combined team of more than 3,700 surveyors work with house builders, contractors and housing associations.
Sites are scored by LABC Warranty risk management surveyors during their inspection visits, which take place regularly through construction.
Those sites that score consistently high for general co-operation with inspectors, health and safety, site tidiness, standard of site management and standard of workmanship, are nominated for a Site Recognition Award.
Sarah Sheppard, Technical Director at LABC Warranty, said: “It takes skill, commitment and a dedication to quality of construction for a site to receive The Bricks Site Recognition Award. Nothing pleases my team and I more than to see developments meet and maintain such high standards.”
Pictured are Rod Hutchinson, centre left, with Ian Marshall, centre right. Left and right are bricklayers Neil Grey and Rob Nesbitt of S & B Brickwork Services, contracted by Bernicia to work on the site.