Q&A: The Inside Track on Work at Malpas
Site manager Steve Wood talks about what makes a successful development and his aims for the future of the site
How long have you worked at Bovis Homes and in the housing industry?
I joined Bovis Homes in July but have been a site manager for 22 years.
How would you sum up your role in one sentence?
My role as site manager is to produce quality homes for all my customers and to make a safe and enjoyable working environment for the people working on my building site.
What makes Hampton Lea stand out from other new-build locations?
Hampton Lea is a wonderful spot to build quality new homes with fantastic views of the Cheshire countryside, combined with the quality village life of Malpas. The neighbourhood is peaceful and quiet but also just a short drive to Wrexham or Chester, should home buyers want a bit more excitement!
What house types are available at Hampton Lea?
We are building two and three-bedroom social properties plus a wide range of three, four and five-bedroom homes, so we literally have a new property for everyone.
How would you sum up a Bovis Home in one sentence?
A Bovis Home, for me, is someone’s biggest purchase, so we do everything we can to make their purchase special.
What can visitors and home buyers at Hampton Lea expect from the Bovis Homes there?
All visitors and purchasers get a warm welcome and we are happy to show visitors our site. If they are a buyer, we are also happy to provide updates on the build progress of their property, including inviting them to the site and taking photographs as their home is built.
How often are you in touch with customers at Hampton Lea?
We are constantly in touch with our clients. We like to be available to our customers, even if it’s just to say good morning. They know where we are, if they ever need us. In our short time here, we have moved in a number of home buyers. They all seem to be happy new homeowners who wave as they drive past or chat as we walk by. Long may that continue.
How would you describe your team at Hampton Lea?
My team consists of my long-term assistant, Paul, who has worked with me for many years,
although he insists everyone calls him “Woody” (even his wife calls him Woody). I have a new forklift driver on location and an agency labourer, Matthew, who has worked on site since before I started. We have now sent him an offer of employment as he has impressed us so much. We have taken on some new contractors since we arrived and feel all of us are working together to produce the best homes we can.
What’s happening next at the location?
The location is currently undergoing a re-plan for the remaining properties, including the new Bovis Homes housing range, which we are all excited about.
What is your overall aim for Hampton Lea as site manager of the location?
The plan for Hampton Lea is to complete the build by the end of 2019. Our aim is to leave a legacy for Malpas of quality new homes in a rural environment, with happy and contented customers.
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