Keith Collard, left, is retiring. Credit: via Active PR

Phoenix rises at Redrow

Shaun Phoenix, who started out as an apprentice joiner with the housebuilder’s Lancashire division, has been appointed as its head of construction.

In taking the reins, Phoenix replaces Keith Collard, who retires as construction director after almost four decades with the business.

Phoenix joined Redrow Lancashire 28 years ago at 16 years old, since when he has served in roles including site manager, project manager and area construction manager.

He said: “It will certainly be big boots to fill. Keith has been my mentor for such a long time and I look forward continuing to instil the core values he maintained of quality and teamwork.

“I’ve never been afraid to roll my sleeves up and get stuck in so I’m looking forward to the challenge my new role will bring.”

He added: “Redrow is committed to growing its own talent and I am testament to that. If you want to work hard and build your career, the company will nurture you, provide training and back you all the way.”

Collard himself joined as a trainee assistant site manager in 1989 after starting as a forklift driver for the Whelmar Homes operation, which was acquired by Redrow.

He said: “It’s been a privilege to work with some great people over the years and build some long-standing relationships with our suppliers and sub-contractors as well as giving new people opportunities to grow their career or, in the case of local subcontractors, their businesses. Redrow is like a family and loyalty always goes two ways.”

Lancashire is one of Redrow’s largest operating divisions – directly employing around 150 people and delivering around 500 legal completions in the last financial year. The division is currently on site at 11 live outlets across Lancashire and parts of Greater Manchester and Merseyside, stretching as far south as the M56 corridor.

Flagship Lancashire developments include Worden Gardens, in Leyland, where Redrow is building 236 new homes and creating an extension to neighbouring Worden Park, and Sycamore Manor, in Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley.

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