Our family team is at the heart of our business, and we’re proud that many of our colleagues have been with us for many years. In a new series we’ll be introducing the people behind our homes, from the Head Office team who run the business side of things, to the Sales Advisors who guide our customers through the process of buying a home from us, to the skilled craftsmen who transform our sites into beautiful new communities across Yorkshire and Lancashire.
And who better to kick off our Meet the Team feature than Lee Hinton? Lee has moved up within the ranks of the company and really risen to the challenge in his role as Site Manager, which is reflected in the fact that he was recently shortlisted for the LABC North West People and Place Award for Site Manager of the Year!
What experience do you bring to your role at Skipton Properties Lee? How long have you worked for the company?
My entire career has been in construction, and I first started working for Skipton 23 years ago, as a plasterer. Four years ago I was promoted to Assistant Site Manager, and I became Site Manager two years ago.
What’s your favourite development you’ve worked on?
I really enjoyed overseeing The Sycamores at Coniston Cold – I got a real sense of achievement watching it evolve from a farmer’s field to a development of six stone homes, which we built to a really beautiful standard. Currently I’m at St. Stephen’s Place in Skipton, which is a complex, Grade II listed site. I’m really proud of the finish myself and the team are achieving on the homes here.
What’s the hardest thing about building houses?
Getting the timings right. There are multiple trades to arrange when constructing homes and it’s crucial that they get access at exactly the right time and don’t hold the process up. To give you an idea, we’re talking bricklayers, joiners, plumbers, electricians, glaziers, tilers, kitchen fitters, painters, carpet fitters…it’s a bit like conducting an orchestra!
What’s the best thing about building houses?
When everything’s done and the home is completed to a high standard so it can be handed over to a hopefully very happy customer.