A manager at a development near Wigan by McCarthy and Stone, the UK’s leading developer and manager of retirement communities, is celebrating being awarded the coveted Seal of Excellence from the National House Builders’ Council (NHBC).

It is the second time that Daniel Blakley, Senior Site Manager at McCarthy Stone’s Brideoake Court Retirement Living development on Wellington Place in Standish, has been honoured by the NHBC. This award follows his achievement of the organisation’s Pride in the Job Quality Award earlier this year in recognition of his contribution to construction in the north-west region.

Having been in the top 5% of entrants nationally to the Pride in the Job scheme, Daniel is now among just 13 winners of the Seal of Excellence Award from across the region.

Established in 1980, these awards showcase excellence in all areas of housebuilding, honouring commitment not just to meeting but to exceeding standards in the delivery of truly outstanding homes.

In this case, Daniel is being recognised for his relentless focus and commitment to the highest levels of quality at Brideoake Court which is home to 31 luxurious one- and two-bedroom retirement apartments, designed to provide the over-60s with the opportunity to live a fulfilling and independent life.

The judging panel, comprising independent experts from across the housebuilding sector, assesses each entrant in more than 40 areas including build consistency, attention to detail, leadership and organisational skills, interpretation of drawings and specifications, technical knowledge, and health & safety. This is supplemented by site visits, spot checks and ongoing verification to ensure only the most deserving entrants receive awards.

Daniel commented: “I was thrilled to receive the Pride in the Job award earlier in the year, but this is another level completely – this award is very much a recognition of the whole construction team at Brideoake Court who have been unrelenting in their efforts and commitment to quality, excellence and safety right through the project. We have delivered something truly special at Brideoake Court and it is very gratifying to see the strong community that has already developed there since it opened earlier this year.

“Commitment to quality is a constant thread throughout the business and I am already looking forward to my next McCarthy Stone project.”

John Tonkiss, McCarthy Stone CEO, added: ‘’Our site managers are carefully chosen for their knowledge, experience and commitment to quality in every aspect of the build – Daniel’s professionalism and unfailing drive for the very highest standards at Brideoake Court make him a worthy winner of the Seal of Excellence.”

Located in the village of Standish amid beautiful Lancashire countryside, Brideoake Court is also just a 20-minute drive from Wigan with all the amenities expected in a large town, and two railway stations providing easy access to the rest of the UK. On-site facilities include a residents’ lounge hosting regular events; beautifully landscaped and maintained gardens; and a hotel-style guest suite allowing friends and family to enjoy an overnight stay.

Prices at Brideoake Court currently start from £259,999, for outright purchase.

More than nine out of 10 customers would recommend McCarthy Stone to a friend, meaning it has received the full Five Star award for customer satisfaction from the Home Builders Federation. McCarthy Stone is the only UK housebuilder of any size or type to achieve this rating every year it has taken part in the survey.

For further details about Retirement Living in Standish call 0800 882 1829, or visit



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