Building the Best

Posted on October 17, 2011 | Awards

ONE of the building industry’s top regional quality awards has gone to a South Lakeland site manger for the fifth time. Mike Hillbeck, of Kendal-based Russell Armer Homes, scooped the prestigious Pride in the Job award at a northwest National House Building Council (NHBC) ceremony in Manchester. Described as a ‘remarkable achievement’, the 54 year-old said he was pleased and honoured to receive recognition of his work at the site of an old steam laundry in Ingleton.

Mike – who has been with Russell Armer for 15 years – has spearheaded the Old Laundry Mews development, which boasts five houses and 11 apartments. He said: “This award is special because it comes from the building industry. We have to prove we have proper, effective control over every aspect of a site – and produce high quality homes. “It’s all about attention to detail and being organised! “Obviously, it’s great to win for the fifth time, not just for myself, but for the company. It shows our commitment to producing top quality houses that we’re justifiably proud of.”

Mike, who lives in Kendal, has stolen the honours with different Russell Armer developments and says to date, he has overseen the building of around 170 homes for the company. Russell Armer s construction director, Andrew Taylor, said: “This is a remarkable achievement and another prized award for us. We continue to get recognition because we are committed to building the best!” Picture shows: Russell Armer’s construction director Andrew Taylor (left) and Mike Hillbeck, receiving the prestigious NHBC Pride in the Job award at Manchester’s Hilton Hotel.