Rising star who is overseeing 68-home development aged just 22 scoops top industry award

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 8 Nov 2018

A rising star who is overseeing the construction and delivery of 68 new homes at the age of just 22 has won a top national award.

Declan Hunt is site manager at the Yaddlethorpe Grange development at Bottesford, which is the first venture into residential development by HG Homes.

He has scooped the Rising Star award at The Bricks, a prestigious LABC Warranty event celebrating the very best businesses and individuals in the UK housebuilding industry.

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Declan is employed by Scunthorpe-based civil engineering and building firm Britcon, which along with HG Homes, forms part of the Hunt Group of companies.

He was nominated for the award by his work colleagues and the regional warranty inspector, who described Declan as "a most caring and conscientious employee who has gained the respect of his peers, contractors and new home purchasers."

Declan, Shaun and Michelle Hunt, pictured with North Lincolnshire Council leader Rob Waltham at the opening of a show home on the Yaddlethorpe Grange development earlier this year (Image: Scunthorpe Live)

The Bricks recognises developers, builders, contractors and individuals who go the extra mile to deliver the highest quality and standards in house building.

Working alongside Local Authority Building Control and the housebuilders, LABC Warranty provides full warranties across this industry, with more than 3,000 developments or individuals being eligible at the start of the nomination process.

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Declan, who combines house-building with his part-time degree studies at Sheffield Hallam University, was presented with the award at a glittering ceremony in London.

He said: "Not only am I extremely proud to have won the Rising Star trophy, I feel humbled that my colleagues recognised this and put me forward for such a prestigious award.

"This is a fantastic way to kick off my career in the housebuilding industry.

"Since being very young I have always wanted to be involved in house building and I hope that my dedication and commitment is reflected in the very high-quality standards we aim to achieve on the builds and with customer care.

"To be recognised for my work within the Hunt family business makes it even more rewarding."

Britcon, which has its headquarters in Scunthorpe, has been established for almost 30 years and is now a £45 million turnover business. It directly employs 110 people on its project sites across the country.

Britcon managing director Paul Clarkson said: "We are very proud that Declan has won this prestigious UK industry award. It is a fantastic achievement for Declan, given that he's been in our industry for less than five years.

A show home at the Yaddlethorpe Grange housing development, which is being overseen by Declan Hunt

"As a business, we are committed to supporting and recognising our talented individuals at every opportunity. The fact that he's a Hunt family member makes it even more special and truly reflects the continuing family ethos and values running through our business today."

Shaun Hunt, chief executive of the Hunt Group and Declan's dad, said: "I'm very proud of Declan's achievements to date and the maturity he displays for such a young man.

"He's certainly striving forward in our new business venture and it's most pleasing to see this being supported by his peers and already recognised by industry professionals.

"I, the wider family and all those within the group businesses wish him every success and all the very best in the future."

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