Highland League footballer Zander Sutherland has become the youngest site manager to win the Seal of Excellence awarded by the National House Builders Council.
Zander, of Tulloch Homes, collected his NHBC ‘Pride in the Job’ award, announced three months ago, at a dinner in the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow – but the Seal of Excellence trophy came as a major surprise.
The 31 year old Brora Rangers player said: ”I was 20 years younger than the other recipients of Scotland’s ‘Pride in the Job’ awards – but then being asked to step up to receive the Seal of Excellence was a pleasant shock.
“It’s all the more satisfying as Broomhill at Muir of Ord is my first challenge as a fully-fledged site manager. It’s really hard to credit I’ve gained such national recognition in such a short time.”
After being assistant site manager at four Inverness developments, Tulloch Homes promoted Zander to a development of his own only 14 months ago, and their confidence has been rewarded.
A joiner to trade, Zander has four Highland League championship medals,two with Buckie Thistle and two with Brora. He is in his sixth season with the Sutherland club.
Zander added: “Broomhill is a beautiful location and the whole Tulloch Homes team there must share in this double recognition”, said Zander. “We’ve put the emphasis on quality and craftsmanship and the development has proved so popular that a new phase of 46 homes is underway.
"Joining Tulloch Homes just over six years ago has proved to be the best move I could make.”
Zander, married with two young daughters, lives in Inverness.
George Fraser, chief executive of Tulloch Homes, said: "The Seal of Excellence Trophy completes a wonderful twin achievement by Zander, who deserves warm congratulations for making such progress.
“This endorses the value of our ‘grow our own’ policy in terms of identifying and training our own range of site managers, who thus become ingrained with the Tulloch way of doing things and our commitment to excellence.”
Billy McKay, Tulloch Homes’ construction director, also congratulated Zander on his success.
He said: “We are very proud to be the only housebuilder in the Highlands to be awarded an NHBC Seal of Excellence.
“Winning this award demonstrates that our site managers are building quality homes and shows our commitment to construction and putting our customers first.”
Help is at hand if you are looking to buy a Tulloch Home, but don’t have a large deposit.
If you are eligible for the Help to Buy (Scotland) Affordable New Build Scheme, you could receive assistance of up to 15% of the purchase price of a new Tulloch home.
Help to Buy funding - for completions before March 31, 2019, is available on all Tulloch homes up to £200,000.