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Buckie Thistle stars turned builders Lewis Mackinnon and Zander Sutherland are hat trick heroes for Tulloch Homes as they notch up their third HNBC Awards


By Calum MacLeod

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NHBC award hat trick winners Lewis Mackinnon (left) and Zander Sutherland with Billy McKay (centre), Tulloch Homes construction director.
NHBC award hat trick winners Lewis Mackinnon (left) and Zander Sutherland with Billy McKay (centre), Tulloch Homes construction director.

Former footballers Lewis Mackinnon and Zander Sutherland are hat trick heroes after the Tulloch Homes site managers each gained their third National House Builders Council (NHBC) Awards.

Mr Mackinnon is site manager at The Maples, Ness Side, where he also won last year, having gained his 2016 award for The Parks, Inverness. Mr Sutherland’’s latest win is for Milton of Leys, having won in 2018 and 2019 for Broomhill in Muir of Ord.

The duo played together at Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Brora Rangers and Buckie Thistle, where they won two successive Highland League titles. Mr Sutherland is now retired, but Mr Mackinnon remains active in the game as centre half and assistant manager at Buckie.

Tulloch Homes construction director Billy McKay said: “To land two top awards in the same year is outstanding and shows the quality and commitment of Lewis and Zander and the teams around them.

“Completing a double hat-trick is a considerable achievement and a real honour, given the stringent examinations conducted by NHBC inspectors.”

Mr Mackinnon said: “To win for the second successive time is a terrific boost. It shows our team at the development has maintained its high standards and I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Mr Sutherland said: “To win for my first year at Milton of Leys is a welcome accolade. I’m fortunate in the level of craftsmanship we have on site – it’s a young team but they’ve stepped up to the mark.”

NHBC chief executive Steve Wood said: “Pride in the Job has been pivotal in improving the quality of new homes for more than 40 years. We are very proud of Pride in the Job, what it stands for and the impact it has across the sector.

“Congratulations to all our 2021 Pride in the Job Quality Award winners in Inverness – be proud of what you are building and the standards you are setting.”


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