Finalist Spotlight: Darren Cocker, Bancon Homes
Finalists have been announced for the Trades Awards 2019! One of those deserved nominees is Darren Cocker, Senior Site Manager from Bancon Homes, who is up for Young Construction Professional of the Year. Darren is thrilled to be a finalist and we caught up with him recently to find out more about his work, including the recent “ASPIRE THE MEWS” development (pictured), and how it would feel to win.
Hi Darren. Congratulations on your nomination for Young Construction Professional of the Year! What drew you to a career in construction?
“From a young age I always enjoyed making things with wood with my Grandad. I always had a project on the go. So when I left school I decided to do an apprenticeship in joinery and became a joiner to trade. From working on sites as a joiner, I had a real interest in the construction industry as a whole and have real passion not only for the joinery side of things, but the entire project as a whole – from the foundations to the smile on the customer’s face.”
And now you’re being recognised for your outstanding contribution to the construction industry. You must be delighted.
“Absolutely! To win the Young Professional of the Year Award would be amazing. From attending my first Trades Awards as an assistant site manger 3 years ago, never did I dream I would be up on the stage receiving an award. It would be the highlight of my career.”
Speaking of highlights, what are some of the highlights of your career so far?
“My career highlights would be project managing my last development “ASPIRE THE MEWS”. This was a totally different build to anything I had ever done. This included the challenges I faced with this development, and how I personally overcome them to meet the handover date just before Christmas, even after losing 4 weeks on the programme for various reasons. Seeing the clients get moved in and happy with their new homes was real sense of achievement for me.
“Another big highlight for me is becoming the Project Manager for Gathimba Edwards Foundation. A charity I became involved with after volunteering on their first ever Kenya building trip, I now design the houses, programme the works, oversee the building budget, do all the Health and Safety for the charity and also help build the homes.”