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Highland footballer wins recognition for his work in construction industry

By Andrew Dixon

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Lewis Mackinnon with Billy Mackay.
Lewis Mackinnon with Billy Mackay.

A former Inverness Caley Thistle player found there was a double cause for celebration on his daughter's birthday.

Site manager Lewis MacKinnon was at his daughter Imogen’s 10th birthday party when he found out he was a winner in this year’s National House Builders Council awards.

It was his second such success in five years, and a fourth time in five years that his employer Tulloch Homes has gained recognition in these awards.

The 35-year-old site manager at Tulloch’s new The Maples development at Ness Side in Inverness, is a former Caley Thistle footballer who is now centre half and assistant manager of Highland League outfit Buckie Thistle.

“I had an extra piece of birthday cake after getting the call that I’d won the award,” he said.

“I’d won it in 2016 for The Parks development in Inverness and The Maples is such an upmarket location that I was keen for it to figure in the honours.

“I’m fortunate to have a cracking team working on the site, including forklift driver Derek Strachan and labourer Alan MacCubbin who were also with me when I won in 2016. They’re my trusty lieutenants.

"I’ve been a site manager with Tulloch Homes for 11 years, coming through the company ranks, and this latest honour is a real boost. My only disappointment is that the gala awards dinner won’t happen because of coronavirus.”

He added: “I haven’t had the chance to play football since March because of lockdown but I’ve bought an exercise bike to keep up my fitness levels for both work and playing.”

The firm’s construction director Billy McKay said: “This is the third year running that one of our developments has produced an award-winning site manager, which shows our attention to quality and craftsmanship is paying off.

“Lewis is an excellent organiser with keen attention to detail, which is why he was selected last year to take charge at Ness Side. At 750 homes, it is the largest single development Tulloch Homes has ever undertaken and this award highlights the superior finishing in this first phase.”

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