A DEVELOPMENT of new homes on the site of a soft drinks factory in Hambledon has won an award for its quality.
East Hampshire housebuilder Bargate Homes was handed a Pride in the Job award by the National House Building Council, which recognises the UK’s best site managers for their dedication in building high quality homes.
The Old Brewery site is in Hambledon’s West Street, and is on the site of the former Hartridges soft drinks brewery.
It was founded in 1882 by Francis Hartridge, who purchased the Alliance Brewery, an independent brewery, and Hartridges Soft Drinks Company was born.
Now it has been the subject of a £7.5million redevelopment which netted Bargate’s Dave Guy the award.
Bargate managing director Angus Cook said: ‘This is a fantastic achievement and places Dave in the top 400 site managers in the country.
‘We now go onto the national finals and fingers crossed we’ll win that too!
‘This award demonstrates that we actually put into practise what we say we do – build high quality homes in places where people want to live.
‘It really underpins the way we as Bargate conduct ourselves at every level of the business.
‘I am so proud of Dave and the whole team, which includes the numerous sub-contractors we work with – some of the best in the area, all of whom are committed to delivering the best new homes in our region.’
Dave, 46, of Old Netley, Bursledon, has worked with Bargate, based in Fair Oak, since it was founded in 2005.
He said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled with this award.
‘We take a great deal of pride in the work we do at Bargate and to be recognised for that is a huge honour.’
The demolition of the factory was done by Fareham firm Wessex Demolition, during a 10-week project.
A spokesman for the firm said: ‘Wessex Demolition were awarded the contract to demolish the building, dispose of hazardous liquids, survey and remove asbestos and crush the hardcore and concrete on site.
‘Being surrounded by houses in a quiet village, great care was taken to ensure noise and dust levels were kept to a minimum.
‘We felt we achieved this because we received no complaints and only commendation from the residents of neighbouring properties.’
The site in West Street comprises 28 one, two, three and four-bedroom homes together with 3,000 sq ft of office space.
The Old Brewery show home is open from Thursday to Monday from 10am to 5pm.