MSP visits Greenock to discuss dangers on development sites



(from left) Maurice Corry – regional MSP West Scotland, Malcolm MacLeod – regional director NHBC Scotland, John McColgan – senior site manager (Keepmoat)
(from left) Maurice Corry – regional MSP West Scotland, Malcolm MacLeod – regional director NHBC Scotland, John McColgan – senior site manager (Keepmoat)

Conservative MSP for West Scotland, Maurice Corry, visited a new build housing development in Greenock to assess the measures being taken by the National House Building Council (NHBC) to ensure construction standards are being maintained on all New Build Housing sites.

In order to provide an overview of the NHBC and their role in developing and maintaining standards in new build housing construction, NHBC Scotland extended an invite to all recently elected MSPs to visit developments within their constituencies

Community regeneration and construction specialist Keepmoat played host to Mr Corry at the firm’s Garvald Street development, which is delivering 45 new homes in partnership with Oak Tree Housing Association.

Mr Corry was accompanied on the tour by NHBC Scotland director, Malcolm MacLeod, who discussed the NHBC’s role in assessing and monitoring construction sites, and how they ensure standards are maintained notably in relation to risk management, health and safety and technical standards for design, materials, and workmanship.

Keepmoat’s site staff guided them through the site, and outlined how they were working to NHBC guidelines, and the assessment and inspection regime that NHBC deploy on new build sites.

Malcolm MacLeod said: “We were delighted to be able to show Maurice Corry around the Garvald Street development by Keepmoat. It was a great opportunity to show him first-hand the new homes that are being built in Greenock and the role that NHBC plays in ensuring those homes are of high quality for his future constituents.

“As the UK’s leading insurance and warranty provider of new homes, NHBC works closely with housebuilders to support the delivery of high quality homes. We also work with Parliamentarians to develop and promote good housing policy.”

(from left) Nichola Gray – assistant site manager (Keepmoat), Maurice Corry – regional MSP West Scotland, Malcolm MacLeod – regional director NHBC Scotland, John McColgan – senior site manager (Keepmoat)
(from left) Nichola Gray – assistant site manager (Keepmoat), Maurice Corry – regional MSP West Scotland, Malcolm MacLeod – regional director NHBC Scotland, John McColgan – senior site manager (Keepmoat)

Regional managing director for the Regeneration division of Keepmoat in Scotland, Eamonn McGarvey said: “Keepmoat prides itself on being a responsible housebuilder, and will always take the full and unique needs of both our staff and the communities in which we are building, into consideration.

“It was great for the site team to welcome Mr Corry and the NHBC to showcase our commitment to health and safety and how we assess risk – an issue which is vital to all developer’s nationwide.

“We have a responsibility– particularly those entering the field – to maintain standards and so it was very apt that the Garvald Street development was selected for this visit.  As part of this project, we have worked with Oak Tree to deliver considerable training opportunities to help eradicate the skills shortage in construction and so were able to instil these standards at the earliest opportunities.”

Mr Corry added: “It was great of the NHBC and Keepmoat to invite me to the development in Greenock.

“It proved useful to see the work that is being done to ensure that the quality of housing provided to residents in the West of Scotland is of the highest possible quality.”



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