Former Apprentice targets national acclaim

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A former building 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 Hartlepool firm Gus Robinson Developments Ltd as an apprentice joiner back in 2002, shortly after his 18th birthday.

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 the role of 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.

He said: “I’m delighted to be recognised, and it would be nice if I can win this section and go onto 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.”

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-beds.

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

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