Kenyan born builder wins UK construction award

Sury Patel Pride in the Job
Sury Patel collects his Seal of Excellence at NHBC's Pride in the Job regional awards.

Kenyan born site manager Sury Patel was one of the coveted Seal of Excellence winners in last year’s NHBC Pride in the Job regional awards.

The father-of-two, who lives in Kingsbury, London, won his award as project manager of a recently completed 26-storey, high rise development of 142 two-bedroomed apartments with double basement car park.

The development is part of a huge £500 million ten-year regeneration Barratt development at Hendon Waterside in London and 43-year-old Sury puts his award down to going the extra mile for his customers, and his team.

Sury Patel
Sury Patel at the Barratt Hendon Waterside development in London.

As project manager on the development, Sury ensured his team’s welfare was well taken care of.

“When you work on a high rise, you don’t want to have to go all the way down to the ground floor for food or a toilet break. So I introduced welfare facilities on the level on which the team is working,” he explained.

“It’s having these extra considerations in mind that make the difference. The team really appreciated it. And if your workforce are happy, and see you going the extra mile for them, they will do the same for you.”

Sury comes from a family of construction professionals. His grandfather ran a successful building company in Kenya, where Sury was born, and his father also worked as a site manager.

So when 10-year-old Sury moved to the UK with his family, he knew exactly what career he wanted to pursue.

“My family and ancestors are all from a construction background so I knew I wanted to follow them too,” he said.

“I really enjoy it. It is very challenging but you get a lot of job satisfaction.”

Sury completed a construction degree at university, joined Barratt as an assistant site manager, quickly working his way up to site manager before becoming a project manager for the Hendon Waterside regeneration project.

He received his award at the London region Pride in the Job finals last November.

Pride in the Job is the most highly regarded competition in the British house-building industry. The awards scheme is dedicated to recognising site managers who achieve the highest standards in house-building.