We thought it fitting to share one of our meet the team interviews with one of Brian’s very first hires, Alan Massie
Alan has worked with Brian for 32 years and has been by his side decade after decade, first joining the company as a bricklayer and moving through the company to Site Manager. Alan has had a long career in the building industry and has been an instrumental member of the team. To date, he’s probably had a hand in building over 1500 homes.
What is it like to work for Skipton Properties?
I’m proud to have worked for Skipton Properties for over 30 years. You don’t work for someone for that length of time without having an enormous amount of respect for the family and their values, the team they have built, and for our homeowners. Many changes have taken place over three decades but Sarah and Caroline still live and breathe those values.
What is your most significant professional achievement working for SP?
Working alongside Brian, assisting him to make Skipton Properties the company it has become. I can think of no professional title that fits that working relationship.
You’ve worked here now for 32 years, what has kept you here for so long?
The love of the Construction trade I learnt from a 16yr old apprentice brickie through to becoming a Site Manger. The comradeship between BV and his staff that moulded us to be the best, to build the best homes and do it with pride.
What is the most interesting and involved project you have worked on so far?
We’ve taken on a lot of interesting and difficult projects over the years that many companies would walk away from. Ebor Mills and the conversion of three traditional workers cottages have to be the most difficult, yet interesting renovation to date. Seeing the beautiful renovation of the first building, The Warehouse, and seeing our customers make them home, makes it all worth it.
What was your first development?
The first development I worked on as a bricklayer was Balderstone near Preston where we converted 5-6 barns to new properties. The first site I was a Site Manager was Waterside at Oxenhope where I won my first site manager award and a top 100 award with the NHBC. BV went on to win The Region Award for the site across the road a few years later.