Scottish house building winners announced

Individuals from Scotland's home building industry have been recognised at the industry's key annual event held at the EICC in Edinburgh on Friday 1 May, which attracted almost 500 senior industry representatives.The theme of this year's Homes for Scotland Awards, now in their seventh year, was chosen to reflect the challenges presented by the severe economic downturn, acknowledging that it will be the efforts of those remaining at the industry's core which will deliver the many new homes that Scotland desperately needs.

Homes for Scotland represents an industry which, prior to the financial crisis, was the largest source of private investment in Scotland, building 20,000 new homes per year and contributing £6bn to the economy and directly impacting on the employment of 100,000 people. However, 26,000 jobs within the sector (half the industry's directly employed workforce) have been lost in the last twelve months.

John Low, managing director of Stewart Milne Homes North, who was elected as the new chairman of Homes for Scotland at the organisation's AGM which took place earlier the same day, said:

"Scottish home building has borne the brunt of the credit crunch fallout, resulting in dramatic drops in activity and the loss of many thousands of jobs. It will be the talent, passion and commitment of those who remain that will move the industry beyond the current crisis - it is they who will implement its recovery in the months and years ahead."

This years award winners were announced by broadcaster Isla Traquair. They included a special Homes for Scotland Industry Achievement Award which went to Mike Walker, chairman of the Walker Group (Scotland).

The independent judging panel, chaired by Mary Mulligan MSP of the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee, considered a total of eight categories.

The award winners are:

Winner of Architecture & Design Award

Kenneth Cooper, architectural manager, Miller Homes

Winner of Construction Award

Paddy Malone, Mactaggart & Mickel

Commended in the Construction Category

John Main, managing director, Springfield Properties

Commended in the Construction Category

Robert Teasdale, manager, R&D Construction Group

Winner of the Environment Award

Liz Farrell, land manager, Mactaggart & Mickel

Commended in the Environment Category

Andy Pearson, managing director of Tweed Homes

Winner 0f Land & Planning Category Award

Brian Leith, land director, Miller Homes

Commended in the Land & Planning Category

David Morgan, land director, Miller Homes

Winner of Customer Care Category

Ann Wojcik, after sales manager, Springfield Properties

Commended in the Customer Care Category

Mike Mullen, site manager, George Wimpey (East Scotland)

Joint Winner of Regeneration Award

Ron Smith, project manager with Glasgow City Council

Joint Winner of Regeneration Award

Tom Gallacher, development director, Persimmon Partnerships

Winner of Sales & Marketing Award

Margaret McMurdo, sales adviser, Persimmon Homes

Commended in the Sales & Marketing Award

Elizabeth Symonds, sales adviser, Miller Homes

Winner of Homes for Scotland Industry Achievement Award

Mike Walker, chairman of the Walker Group (Scotland)

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