Former apprentice Allan is building a good reputation

TOP TALENT: Allan Burgin, left, and Dan Robinson.

TOP TALENT: Allan Burgin, left, and Dan Robinson.

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A FORMER building industry apprentice who has worked his way up the ladder at a leading construction firm is in the running for two top awards.

Allan Burgin started with Gus Robinson Developments Ltd as an apprentice joiner in 2002, shortly after his 18th birthday.

It is nice when your work is recognised, but as long as I’m doing my job to the best of my ability then I’m happy.

Allan Burgin

Now he’s hoping to crown 13 years at the firm by being named Site Supervisor of the Year at the prestigious LABC Building Excellence Awards,as well as a £2million project he helped to deliver being up for a second gong.

Married dad-of-three Allan, now 31, has risen to site manager and after taking charge of a North East project, he caught the eye of judges at the Local Authority Building Control competition which recognises excellence in the sector.

Allan has been shortlisted for the regional section at the Hilton in Newcastle on June 5, and if he progresses through that, he will go to London for the national finals later this year.

Allan said: “I’m delighted to be recognised, and it would be nice if I can win this section and go on to the national stage.

“It is nice when your work is recognised, but as long as I’m doing my job to the best of my ability then I’m happy.

“I’ve spent a long time with Gus Robinson Developments and I am thoroughly enjoying it.

“I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given.”

Allan was put in charge of the Plymouth Walk project, in the Throston area of Hartlepool, by the firm’s chairman Dan Robinson.

The 38-week project saw the construction of 10 plots comprising of five three-bedroom properties and further five two-bedroom homes.

It was completed to schedule on behalf of the Thirteen Group, and was handed over on March 26.

Dan said: “Allan is a great example of someone who has worked their way up through the company since joining us all those years ago as an apprentice.

“He has deserved his opportunities, and I’m delighted that he has been recognised by being nominated in such a prestigious awards ceremony.

“The Plymouth Walk project is the first one he has overseen from start to completion, and it really is an excellent project of which he should be very proud.”