Taylor Wimpey site manager Michael Couderc has picked up a top prize for his exceptional work in charge of the Limes Park development in Basingstoke.
Hard work, determination and the willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty to achieve success at a development of new homes in Basingstoke have seen Michael Couderc crowned Taylor Wimpey West London Site Manager of the Year 2011.
The 38 year old from Gosport, Hampshire, has been recognised for the effort he has put into maintaining the highest standards of quality and service at the leading house builder's Limes Park development of brand new properties for sale in Basingstoke.
Couderc has been overseeing work at Limes Park for the past five years, and has shown outstanding leadership to ensure the potentially tricky transformation of a historic hospital site into a development of quality new houses and apartments in Basingstoke goes as smoothly as possible.
"It's a nice surprise to get this award and very satisfying to know that the enthusiasm the team and I have for the job has been recognised," says Couderc.
"While I'm a Taylor Wimpey employee, I treat the role as though I'm running my own business unit, so I don't really look at it as a job - it's my livelihood.
"Everything has to be right, and I make sure that happens by looking after my staff and the people who buy the homes here.
"I believe in karma, so I like to give my staff and the customers everything I've got and by doing that you get a lot back from them."
Couderc's approach to the job has seen him progress from a bricklayer, to assistant site manager, and then to his current role with Taylor Wimpey.
"I left school knowing what I wanted to do, so I got a trade as a bricklayer and then made sure I was always looking for the next step up," says Couderc.
"I love my job and it makes everything worthwhile when I speak to customers when they've moved in and they're really happy with everything."
Couderc will continue to manage the Limes Park site until its completion, and believes the development's reputation as a great place to live will continue to grow.
He says: "Limes Park has so much going for it and I have spoken to so many happy buyers here.
"It has a great location, being handy for commuting to London and also near enough to the coast for day trips. The development itself is very quiet, it's a lovely area and the sort of place that people want to live.
"Once the whole development has been completed and begins to mature, it will be a place that really stands out from the rest when it comes to choosing a place to live."
Stylish two bedroom apartments are now on sale at Limes Park from just £173,000, while three and four bedroom houses are available from £234,995 and £274,995 respectively.
Selected plots are available with the First Buy scheme, which lets qualifying first time buyers secure their new home for 80 per cent of its full price.
Other incentives available at Limes Park include NewBuy, which offers 95 per cent mortgages on selected homes, and Part Exchange for those with a property to sell.
Limes Park is revitalising the former Park Prewett Hospital estate, which was bought by English Partnerships, now known as the Homes and Communities Agency, in 2005.
Taylor Wimpey is working closely with the Homes and Communities Agency to ensure the original masterplan which secured its bid for the site, in the heart of a conservation area on the north west fringes of the town, is realised to its full potential.
Key features of the hospital estate are its fine Edwardian buildings, expansive landscaped grounds and mature trees. The task of retaining its character has fallen to Taylor Wimpey, which has been working under the supervision of English Heritage to ensure the buildings and landscapes of historical significance are preserved.
Retention of mature trees, flora and fauna has been a key part of preserving the character of the site, which takes its name from the beautiful lime trees within the grounds. An avenue of trees has also been newly planted, adding to the leafy feel of Limes Park, which itself is surrounded by a belt of mature beech and sycamore trees.
The development includes designated cycle routes, public open spaces and new bus services to connect with main routes and provide an alternative to the car for residents.
Basingstoke town centre is just two miles away, and combines historical influences with bustling modern shops and exciting leisure pursuits, while Festival Place shopping centre comprises more than 150 shops, restaurants, bars and cafés.
The town is also home to a choice of music venues, multi-screen cinemas, tennis courts, a leisure park, sports clubs, an ice rink, a swimming pool and bowling alleys. The open countryside is also just a stone's throw away, offering nature trails and opportunities for woodland walks and cycling.
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