Forres-based builder wins two accolades
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A CONSTRUCTION firm from Forres has won two titles in national industry competition.
David MacGillivray and his company, MacGillivray Construction, won the Heavenly Builder and Low Carbon categories in the Scotland Master Builder Awards 2019.
He said: "To build a good rapport with a client makes it much easier to gain a true understanding of what vision they have and what they are trying to achieve in their design.
"I felt honoured to be nominated, let alone win these awards. Im particularly proud of the low carbon award as I am passionate about eco-friendly house builds. Low carbon standards are increasing at a rapid rate and will become an important factor in value and future market desirability of a home."
Since 1999, the Master Builder Awards has showcased examples of fantastic craftsmanship, exceptional customer service and building excellence from small and medium-sized companies.
Organised by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), the awards programme is unique in that any project entered by the builder must be backed up by the customer.
The Heavenly Builder category looks for evidence of professionalism, courtesy and exceptional customer service.
Mr MacGillivray collected the prize for work carried out on a new build home for his client, Lieselotte Franke.
Mrs Franke said: "David has exceptional people skills. His calm, soothing nature soon smoothed any of our anxieties. He was always available and very generous with his time - not once did we feel he was in a hurry to get somewhere else."
She added: "He clearly loves his work and takes pride in it. We feel we have built a house with a friend rather than just a contractor who we employed."
Judges were impressed by Mr MacGillivray's client liaison skills, technical ability and passion for his work.
MacGillivray Construction collected the award for best Low Carbon Project for Lochaber Cottages, an energy efficient build. The highly insulted, triple-glazed and airtight building is technically advanced while the timber-clad structure sits comfortably in its environment.
Judges were impressed by the team who surpassed the clients’ high expectations, recognising that they pushed the boundaries with what can be achieved in energy efficient building.
The awards were presented at the FMB Scotland Master Builder Awards at The Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh. The firm will now go through to compete in the national finals for the chance to win the UK category title. The national ceremony will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Park Lane, London on September 20.
FMB Scotland director, Gordon Nelson, said: "David should feel justly proud of his achievement in winning the Heavenly Builder award and of his companies win, and the whole team every success in the national competition."
If Mr MacGillivray wins the overall national Master Builder Awards title, selected from all national category winners, his firm will drive away with a new Isuzu D-Max Utah truck worth more than £30,000. The client will also receive a cheque for £1000 for their efforts.