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HOUSEBUILDER NEWS 17


Berkeley’s East Thames branch picks up RoSPA trophy


yet effective example of this being various trade contractors sharing the same offices on site, ensuring that learning was shared and communication improved.” In recognition of Berkeley Homes East Thames’ record on health and safety, the business will be invited to become and active member of RoSPA’s National Occupational Safety and Health Committee for 12 months.


have some future stars among the group!” Each of the students were presented with a safety helmet and high-visibility vest, which they were able to take away with them. Rachel Thomas, headteacher at Cottesmore Millfield Academy, said: “Interviewing staff at Larkfleet Homes will form part of the students’ work to learn about different jobs, which they will then share with other students on the young journalist academy website.


“The students had a great time learning all about construction roles, and enjoyed the tour of the showhome. They are also delighted with their builder’s helmets and high vis jackets!”


Berkeley Homes East Thames has been awarded this year’s Sir George Earle Trophy by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) at its 2017 Health and Safety Awards. The Sir George Earle Trophy is the pinnacle of the RoSPA Awards scheme, and is internationally recognised. Bringing together organisations from a range of industries, the annual ceremony celebrates best practice in health and safety management. Berkeley Homes East Thames beat 20 other companies to be awarded the Trophy, with judges praising the passion of its senior leadership team in upholding robust and effective health and safety standards. Karl Whiteman, divisional managing


director for Berkeley Homes East Thames, commented on the award: “Our talented and varied workforce is our strongest resource, and their health and safety is paramount. “We believe that a safe environment is created through the active participation of senior management and staff in identifying hazards and taking positive action to eliminate or control them, and are proud of our record in doing so.” Errol Taylor, RoSPA’s acting chief executive, said the panel was impressed with Berkeley Homes East Thames’ “competency assurance throughout the supply chain, as well as their readiness to assist partners in improving their own performance.”


“Innovation was also a strong feature of their entry,” he continued, “with a simple,


Larkfleet donates £4,000 to young students


Larkfleet Homes has donated £4,000 to an Oakham school, while helping young student journalists to learn about jobs in the construction industry.


The housing developer welcomed year five and six students from the Young Journalist Academy at Cottesmore Millfield Academy in Oakham to receive a cheque for £4,000 for the school and to learn about the roles of Larkfleet employees. Students used a camera, microphone and pre-prepared questions to interview Larkfleet employees. The talented group asked questions such about what each member’s role involved, what qualifications they needed to attain the role, and what their proudest moment at the company was.


The information the students gathered will form part of a real-life report for other students to enjoy and use as a guide when planning their future careers. Sam Hart, Larkfleet sales director, said his experience as an interviewee was “a great pleasure.”


“They all enjoyed a tour of our show


home,” he continued, “followed by the cheque presentation for £4,000. “I was extremely impressed with their enthusiasm and talent, and we definitely


Duchy Homes staff win health and safety award


Site managers David Mills and Dean Ellis of Duchy Homes have been announced as ‘Commended Winners’ at the NHBC Health and Safety Awards. Mills and Ellis are two of 56 site managers from across the UK housebuilding industry that have been commended in the first round of judging for their management of their South Yorkshire developments: Tower Gardens in Scawthorpe and Watermill Gardens in Penistone, respectively.


Both will go on to compete for the Runner up and National Award, to be released at a gala event held in Birmingham on 7th July 2017.


The awards are the sixth year running that Duchy Homes have been recognised in the Small Builder category for excellence in Health and Safety. Stephen Ashworth, NHBC health and safety services manager, gave his “congratulations” to them on their success. He said: “To win an award at this level clearly shows commitment to preserving an excellent health and safety record, and ups the ante for other site managers. “We wish both David and Dean the very best luck in the next stage of the competition.”


Now in its eighth year, the NHBC Health & Safety Awards recognise site managers’ excellence in health and safety. The awards also help to drive up safety standards in housebuilding by showcasing and sharing best practice.


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