NCH pair take home national best practice awards

Two Nottingham City Homes (NCH) employees were recognised earlier this week for their commitment to excellence in the 2015 Direct Works Forum Awards.

The Direct Works Forum represents the housing associations, local authorities and registered social landlords that employ their own tradespeople for repairs and maintenance works.

The annual Repairs and Maintenance Awards evening recognises those individuals from its member organisations that have achieved excellence in their field. The event took place on Monday 8th June, at the Ansty Hall Hotel in Coventry.

Nick King, new build project manager for Nottingham City Homes, has been named Manager/Supervisor of the Year for 2015.

Nick was nominated for his work as project manager on the Eddleston Drive new-build project, completed in Clifton last year. The homes were some of the first houses to be built by a direct labour organisation (DLO) in the UK, and the first five properties to be owned and managed by Nottingham City Homes.

Steve Hale, Director of Property Services at Nottingham City Homes, said:

“Nick contributed enormously to a groundbreaking project in the DLO and worked hard with his team to help them deliver on this new challenge.”

“The team not only took on the task of building new houses with enthusiasm and professionalism, but also delivered the project on time, to a high quality standard and on budget. Nick played a huge part in the project reaching such a successful conclusion and his leadership and personal progression throughout the scheme has been fantastic to see.”

Craft worker Glen Pearce works for the NCH responsive repairs team. He was named the runner up in the Craft Worker of the Year category.

Glen was nominated for his work on the damp and condensation project. A large part of his role is to identify the route causes of damp, condensation and mould in tenant properties. He also works hard to educate tenants about reducing the risks and causes of damp.

Steve added:

“Glen continues to have a direct impact on our ability to create homes and places where people want to live. He has gone the extra mile and is working to develop a training programme for colleagues and tenants to help mitigate and increase awareness of damp and condensation issues.”

“We’re hoping this scheme will have huge benefits to the health and wellbeing of our tenants as well as reducing the costs associated with eradicating damp.”