David hangs up his hard hat

David receives his certificate of retirement from Doug McLeod after 46 years service to the construction industry
David receives his certificate of retirement from Doug McLeod after 46 years service to the construction industry

Barratt North Scotland’s construction director, David Stewart, has finally hung up his hard hat after more than 46 years in the industry.

And David, from Ellon, has spent 41 of those years with the award-winning housebuilder.

A joiner to trade, David has headed up construction at the firm for more than 20 years.

During this time he employed more than 1,000 tradespeople, including 92 apprentices, and secured a portfolio of construction industry awards including NHBC Pride in the Job and Health and Safety Awards for construction excellence.

As a motoring fanatic, David is now looking forward to spending more time in the garage and on the road with his wife, Maureen.

Speaking of his time with Barratt Homes, David told the Times: “I’m very proud of my long service at Barratt Homes which has grown to be the biggest and most successful housebuilder in the North of Scotland.

“I’ve really enjoyed playing a leading role in bringing much needed new homes to the area, as well as nurturing new construction industry talent. Many of our tradespeople and apprentices enjoy long careers with Barratt Homes, and move into senior management roles like myself.

“I’m now looking forward to spending more time on my family and my hobbies and will be wishing all my colleagues continued success each time I hit the road!”

Douglas McLeod, regional managing director for Barratt Scotland, said: “From everyone here at Barratt Homes I would like to thank David for his hard work and commitment to the business over all these years. I wish him all the best for the future and a long and happy retirement.”