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Project manager takes great pride in his job – and it shows

National House Building Council recognises his work on Kent development from Fernham Homes

If you are considering buying a property at Fernham Homes’ Ellesmere development in Hollingbourne we have news that may help you to firm up on your choice. The project manager in charge of the development is an award-winner who has just picked up a coveted Pride in the Job Seal of Excellence Award from the National House Building Council (NHBC). He had gained a Quality Award in the summer.

Senior project manager Simon Bettridge (35) works for the Tonbridge-based housebuilder. The Pride in the Job Quality Awards only recognises sites which are run to the highest possible standards and are consistently delivering new homes of outstanding quality. Of those selected by the judges, only the very best will go on to receive a Seal of Excellence Award. This demonstrates the commitment of Bettridge, as well as that of AB Canham (Fernham Homes’ sister company, the builders of these award-winning homes), to excellence in construction and making customer satisfaction a top priority.

Simon, who lives locally in Chatham, says: “It is an honour to be recognised for the work that we put in to make sure the homes at Ellesmere are of excellent quality. I’d like to thank the whole team that works tirelessly, we are very proud of the homes we deliver.”

This year, there were around 11,000 applicants and just 450 individuals were selected to receive Pride in the Job Quality Awards of which two came from AB Canham. Of thes 450, just 14 site managers from the South-East were awarded a Seal of Excellence.

Paul Rosbrook, operations director for Fernham Homes, adds: “For Simon to have not only won a Quality Award, but to go on to be selected for a Seal of Excellence Award is a real achievement, and shows just how hard our construction teams work to produce the very best homes for our customers. We are extremely proud and would like to congratulate Simon and his team at Ellesmere for their hard work.”

Founded in 1997 by Ian Fern and Michael Canham and later joined by David Masters, the company has been building homes throughout Kent for more than 20 years. Fernham Homes is now marketing a range of distinctive developments in locations including Boughton Monchelsea, Hollingbourne, Greenhithe and Westerham, and has also recently launched an innovative bespoke homes scheme in Linton Hill, near Maidstone. The housebuilder hopes to achieve its ambitious growth plans and bring new sites into the business, across its Kent heartland, as well as in East Sussex and Greater London.

This month, Fernham has also exchanged on a new site which will offer 45 new homes, including 18 affordable homes, in the village of Matfield, near Royal Tunbridge Wells.

To find out more about the new homes available with Fernham Homes, please call 01732 757158 or visit


David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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