The manager of one of Liverpool Housing Partnership’s sites has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.
Jimmy O’Hanlon, 58, from Walton, Liverpool is in the running for Site Agent of Year in the prestigious LABC Building Excellence Awards, held to recognise outstanding quality and achievements in the North West construction industry. Regional winners go on to compete nationally.
He had worked as a shop-fitter before securing a job as site manager with another developer for 11 years, joining Redrow just 18 months ago to take charge of Redbridge Park in Fazakerley. The development features 60 three and four-bedroom homes on the site of two former schools and is part of an innovative collaboration designed to build 1,500 new homes across the city over a five-year period.
Jimmy says: “It’s my role to make sure everyone has a job at all times and keep an eye on what they are doing, to make sure that things are getting done properly. Health and safety is paramount on site, ensuring it is safe and secure and that standards of every aspect of the build are of the highest level.”
Jimmy has worked on other award-winning sites and says: “It is a difficult job at times because the buck stops here, as it were. But the site manager is only as good as the team around him – and the team here deserves to win. So, I would like to think I can win an award for Redbridge Park.”
The awards, to be staged at the Emirates Old Trafford stadium, in Manchester, on May 19, are sought after, not least because they are held in conjunction with the building control departments of the local authorities in which the developments are located.
Keith Collard, construction director for Redrow Homes, says: “It is always an honour to be shortlisted for awards because it rewards the effort and commitment we put into what we do, not just as a company but as individuals.
“We expect the best from our workforce and we hope to deliver the best to our customers, and to be in the finals of awards which are organised by those who demand the highest standards from us matters as much, if not more, than any. It says we are achieving our aims.”
Pictured are Jimmy O’Hanlon, centre, with Redrow’s other LABC Building Excellence shortlisted site managers, from left, Simon Nix; Barry Holden; Martin Caldwell; Tony Diprose.