Prestigious lifetime accolade for Grimsby master builder

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 20 Jul 2017

HIGHLY respected Grimsby builder Mick Quickfall has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award by a prominent organisation that he has served for decades.

The Yorkshire and Trent region of the Federation of Master Builders has bestowed the honour on its former president.

And the surprise accolade came as he makes plans to retire from the national council, and – he hopes – make way for Grimsby branch secretary Chris Carr, who regards him as a fine mentor.

Of the honour, presented at a join event with the North West region at Norton Grange Hotel and Spa in Rochdale, Mr Quickfall said: “The niceness was not knowing I was going to receive it! I now go in for a national award, and for that there are a lot of worthy people, but I’m in with a shout!

“I have been a member of the FMB for over 40 years and I have held various offices. I have been regional president and I am also on the managing board which is the national council, where I have been for some time. I am coming to my time, I will probably retire in 2018, and I would like Chris to take my place, certainly that’s the aim.

“He does a lot down there in Westminster, he is well suited to the job, and a lot younger than me, too.”

Chris Carr, collecting the award from Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB

Mr Quickfall was a second generation at the helm of Quickfall Construction, which traded for more than 30 years in Grimsby, latterly from Ladysmith Road. Having been started by his parents Jack and Zelma, it was bought out by Scunthorpe-based Hanson in 2005.

More recently, Mr Quickfall has traded as MJ Quickfall Builders Ltd, which runs in conjunction with Ashby Hill Top Farm Ltd, better known as Willow Lakes, itself now in the midst of a sale process, with grand plans to develop the holiday accommodation offer and realise a cafe / tea room facility on the plot with an incredible view over North East Lincolnshire and the mouth of the Humber.

“The building company is still quite busy, we do a lot locally, and we have Willow Lakes, which we are hopefully on the verge of selling. It is an exciting time, possibly getting planning to make it a super place. The people interested want to build the cafe that we have planing for, and put more lodges around the bottom lake.”

He has prided himself on taking a ‘hands on’ approach to business management, and with theFMB has been Grimsby branch president on three separate occasions, as well as social secretary, treasurer and branch secretary.”

Mr Carr, who is also chairman of the FMB’s national home builders’ group, said: “It was well deserved. Mick has put decades of time and effort in to the FMB, not just on a local level but at a national level too, where he is a director.

“He has been a great mentor for the branch as a whole, as well as me personally, he encouraged me to carry on my role with theFMB, to get to where I am, instilling self-belief.” 

On the home front, Mr Carr also collected an award at the event.

When not representing the FMB he is joint managing director of Cleethorpes-based Carr & Carr Ltd.

The company’s recent four-unit development at Waltham collected a second award. Blacksmiths Cottages has capitalised on a tight corner plot at the heart of the village, and was judged to be best in the ‘new homes’ category. Just like Mr Quickfall, it will now go on to represent the north in London in September.

Blacksmiths Cottages, Waltham

And while the accolade, adding to recognition from South Yorkshire and Humber Local Authority Building Control, is pleasing, one of the biggest endorsements has come with the site now being included in an extended conservation zone by North East Lincolnshire Council.

Mr Carr said: “This is all about the quality and ability of the sub-contractors, and great leadership, too.

“It was a tight site, very challenging because of a lack of space, and we were having to have materials ordered within a finite time as there was no storage, so it was exceptionally hard in that respect.

“The remit from the council was it had to replicate the opposite side of the road, and once the landscaping is complete, within a year or two it will do just that. The fact the conservation order now covers the new homes underlines it.”

The innovative development sits at the junction of Cheapside and Brigsley Road, opposite the village’s cenotaph.

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