Phil Sabin

Photo of Phil SabinPhil Sabin is Tarmac’s Business Development Manager. He achieved a BSc in Metallurgical Science at Wolverhampton College. Phil started in the field of civil engineering with Tarmac in 1982 having previously worked as a metallurgist and chief chemist in the aerospace industry. During the last 25+ years with Tarmac he has worked in many areas of the UK and Europe gaining wide experience in quarry operations, asphalt and concrete production, highway design and construction and latterly building products. 



What is your main role in the project?
Project Manager for Tarmac

What are you looking forward to?
Being able to prove that masonry construction is not only a developers most effective and trusted build method of the present, but is also capable of becoming the preferred build method for low energy homes of the future.

What are you most nervous about throughout the project?
The final test results.

Why do you think this project is valuable?
There is a popular misconception that timber frame construction is the best and most sustainable way of building energy efficient homes. This project will demonstrate that masonry construction can not only meet the impending requirements of the Code for Sustainable Homes but can do so quickly, cost effectively and in a repeatable way.

What do you think you’ll learn by being involved?
Building homes from my office desk is straight forward, I’ve learned already that doing it for real is a whole different ball game.

Personal Info


Town where you live?
I couldn’t describe where I live as a town, it barely make the status of village! But for the record it’s Church Eaton in Staffordshire.

Who you live with?
My wife Joanne and our 2 children Olivia and Edward

Any children? Pets?
Dog (Trafford), cats (Angel and Felix) and chickens (Dolly, Daisey, Poppy and Scatty). Goat on order! I dread to think what’s next as my wife is keen on taking a Safari holiday.

Hobbies/interests
The name of my dog gives it away. I’ve been a season ticket holder since 1973/4 season. And before you all shout "glory hunter", I was born in the same village as the great Duncan Edwards and grew up with his legend and 1974 was the year we were relegated to Division 2.

What you like to do at the weekend?
See above. The rest is spent playing with children and cleaning out animals. Cannock Chase is a favourite destination with wife, kids and dog.

Any other info that you think sums you up (eg, which football team you support) or a claim to fame or a little known fact about you)?
Played in the FA Vase Final at the old Wembley Stadium.  I also crawled round Brands Hatch on my hands and knees looking for a problem with a 3mm bump in a construction joint I had formed when I resurfaced the whole circuit. I eventually found it as passenger on the back of Carl Fogarty’s Ducati. Let me tell you at 125mph it is no “little bump”.


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