A WEE COUNTY builder has scooped some of the construction industry’s most coveted awards in recognition of his outstanding work.

Ian Welsh, a senior site manager for CALA homes bagged the prizes at a prestigious awards show held in Glasgow recently to acknowledge the pinnacle of housebuilding standards in Scotland.

The Sauchie man was rewarded with a Seal of Excellence for his work at Mayburn Park, Midlothian.

Adding to the success from the night, Ian also scooped one of four highly-prized Regional Awards – for the large builder category – and will now be entered into the final stage of the awards process, representing Scotland at the Supreme Awards held in London early next year.

He said: “I must thank all my teams on site for sticking resolutely to the highest possible standards.

"At times the site has been challenging with steep slopes requiring a lot of skilled work.

“The subcontractors we use all understand the importance of our approach to quality and health and safety. They have proven themselves throughout as professionals working at the highest level.

“I’m delighted to pick up this accolade and now look forward to representing CALA East and Scotland at the next stage.”

Kevin Whitaker, chief executive for CALA Homes, praised the manager for his commitment to setting and maintaining the highest standards.

He added: “We are very pleased for Ian for obtaining the Seal of Excellence, this recognises their own high standard and skills. Ian’s further achievement in winning a regional prize is exceptional.

“For the second year in a row CALA will have one of our talented site managers representing Scotland at the Supreme Awards, up against the very best developments and professionals in the UK.”

Earlier this year 11 of CALA Homes’ site managers across the UK were recognised with Pride in the Job awards. This put them in contention for the Seal of Excellence awards, which are then awarded to a very small number of site managers following a number of intensive site visits.

Organised by NHBC, the UK's leading new home warranty insurance provider, “Pride in the Job” is one of the most highly regarded competition in the house building industry dedicated to recognising site managers and their construction teams who achieve the highest standards in house building. It has been instrumental in driving up the quality of new homes for 38 years.

Following the conclusion of the NHBC Pride in the Job Regional Awards ceremonies, the winners of the UK Supreme Awards will be announced at a gala ceremony in London in January 2019.