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Project manager credited at national awards for Hull development


Published by Diana Maccarthy for Frank Haslam Milan in Housing and also in Communities

Gary Williams receiving award with Denise Van Outen. Gary Williams receiving award with Denise Van Outen.

A PROJECT Manager has been credited in the national Pride in the Job Awards for work on a Hull homeless centre which featured a host of historical challenges.

Frank Haslam Milan’s Project Manager Gary Williams received the runner up award in the National House Building Council’s ‘Multi-Storey Builder’ category. The event, widely considered to be the 'Oscars' of the house-building industry, took place in London on Friday (13 January) and was hosted by TV presenter Denise Van Outen.

The landmark project in Hull included searches for unexploded WWII bombs and archaeological remains of a defence network built by Henry VIII.

The project involved the construction of the £5 million homeless centre for client Riverside-ECHG. The Crossings, a 46 bed facility, now provides temporary accommodation, support and training for homeless people in the city.

Gary went through to the national stage of the Pride in the Job Awards after he was crowned North Eastern regional winner in the Multi-Storey category in November last year.

Gary, aged 44, who started his career as an apprentice bricklayer at the age of 16, said: “It’s an honour to have received the award, the historical challenges made the Crossings quite unique and I’m proud to have got down to the top eight site managers in the country.

“A site manager is only as good as his team and I want to thank everyone involved in the project for their commitment. Due to the history of the site, this really was a unique construction project and one that I have been incredibly proud to have managed during my career.”

The historical legacy of the site presented a host of challenges for Gary and his team. Hull was one of the most severely bombed cities during WWII and the team had to accommodate specialist searches for unexploded bombs.

The site was also documented as lying in a part of Hull which contained town defences established by Henry VIII. The team also worked with archaeologists on site, who were searching for traces of the early defences, thought to consist of a curtain wall which linked a castle and an outer fort or blockhouse. 

Coupled with the physical location of the site, next to a dry dock, the River Hull and an occupied warehouse, The Crossings, which sits at Great Union Street on the city’s former maritime gateway, proved a unique project for Gary, his colleagues at FHM and subcontractors.

Pride in the Job is the only award scheme that rewards site managers for the unique contribution they make to the house building process. It also recognises the role they take in delivering high quality homes by directing projects from start to finish.

Martin Smithurst, FHM Managing Director, said: “Congratulations to Gary, whose dedication, supported by a committed team, has delivered a landmark development, against the context of significant historical and geographical challenges.”

Andrew Williamson, Senior Project Manager for Riverside, commented: “This is a fantastic achievement for both Gary and the Project Team. The competition in this category was very strong and for our development to achieve the runners up position is a credit to the hard work from everyone involved with the build. We are all delighted with the award.”



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