A MABEC site manager who has dedicated 30 years to the local construction industry has won a prestigious award.
Dave Branley, site manager working on Bracebridge Heath’s £40 million renovation project St John’s Village with developer Mabec Nottingham Ltd, was named as ’best site manager’ in the 2014 Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards.
Dave was given the regional title for his work on St John’s Village in Lincolnshire, which is governed by North Kesteven District Council. He has now been shortlisted for the national title to be held later this year.
Dave said: “It is a real honour to be given this award after more than 30 years in the industry. I have really enjoyed working on St John’s.
“It is great to be working on a project that is so iconic to the surrounding community and be a part of its transformation. Without the development the former hospital would have been left to fall into disrepair.”
Dave has a vast amount of experience in refurbishment and renovation projects throughout his career and he joined Mabec in 2013.
He added: “Experience is key when working on renovation projects such as St John’s. Building control is crucial as old buildings often need to be stripped right back to then be built back up again so they are structurally sound.
“It is an expensive and lengthy process but we want to achieve a stunning end product for generations to enjoy.
“It is also crucial to have a good line of communication and as the site manager, I am the first point of contact for both the surrounding community and the workforce. It is about knowing how to treat people correctly and make sure everyone knows what we are doing as part of the build.”
The LABC award ceremony took place a few days ago at the Sleaford-based district council offices.
Mark Elliott, director at Mabec, said: “We are thrilled that Dave has been awarded with the LABC’s regional best site manager title, it is very well deserved.
“He has been integral to helping the company to take St John’s from being an empty building falling into disrepair to the fantastic site it is now becoming. We are very excited to be bringing the site back to life.”
LABC regional winners are automatically shortlisted for the grand finals which are held in London in the autumn. Dave was put forward by an independent LABC building control surveyor after making an impression for his work on St John’s.
The LABC Building Excellence Awards celebrate all things great in the construction industry and judge on the criteria of any vital elements in the creation of excellent buildings; technical innovation, sustainability and high performance. The awards state that they also ‘seek the ‘X’ factor special working relationships that produce new or creative solutions’.