DANIEL Rutherford is hoping to build on success after scooping an award.

He is the senior site manager of a Hexham McCarthy Stone development.

Mr Rutherford is a winner at this year’s NHBC (National House Building Council) Pride in the Job Quality Awards for his work and commitment to the development of Hewson Court.

The retirement living complex is currently taking shape in the town.

Mr Rutherford has been selected from a field of more than 10,000 UK site managers and is now among 450 who have won a Quality Award, representing the top five per cent of those who entered.

The judging process for these award began in July 2020, and each site manager was evaluated on their consistency, attention to detail, technical expertise, leadership, interpretation and health and safety skills.

Mr Rutherford has worked at McCarthy Stone for six-and-a-half years and is already the winner of a Pride in the Job Award for his work at Swinden Court in Darlington. He is now overseeing the build at Hewson Court.

The site is the first in the country for developers McCarthy Stone, to pilot a new eco-friendly and modern method of construction. It has been built using a light gauge steel frame (LGSF) in conjunction with Leeds based business, Sigmat. It is claimed this method increases the speed of build by six weeks overall versus traditional solutions, and more sustainably.

Mr Rutherford said: “I’m honoured to have received this level of recognition from such an important industry body. It really does highlight everything the site team has achieved and it is a testament to the successful teamwork between our on-site team, subcontractors and office-based colleagues.

“This achievement is definitely one of the proudest moments in my career and I’m so thankful for the support and talent of the team working alongside me in Hexham.”

Fiona Brooks, sales and marketing director for McCarthy Stone, said: “This year more than ever, the Pride in the Job Awards are exceptionally relevant as the construction industry deals with the ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic. For Daniel to receive this honour during the most difficult time is an even bigger testament to his skill and commitment to creating high quality new homes that are tailored to the wants and needs of our growing ageing population, and which they can feel proud to call home.”