Council holds civic reception for Places for People

Wed 04 Apr 2012

Milton Keynes Council hosted a civic reception to recognise the global achievement of developer, Places for People’s  landmark development, Wolverton Park, which  has scooped a worldwide award for urban design and best practice. Wolverton Park  beat off stiff competition from across the world to land the ULI Global Award for Excellence, presented at a ceremony in Los Angeles.

The ULI Award for excellence, given annually by the Urban Land Institute, recognises development projects worldwide that exemplify superior design, relevance to contemporary resourceful use of land while improving the quality of the built environment. The historic former Royal Train Shed and railway works in Wolverton have been developed to provide 300 mix tenure homes. Alongside commercial space, community facilities and a 2.5 acre park, three Grade II listed buildings stand next to two brand new buildings that in the  opinion of the judges, complement each other well and provide a variety of housing options.

David Cowans, Chief Executive of Places for People, says, "We're very proud of what Places for People has done at Wolverton Park and it is a real boost when an organisation as important as the Urban Land Institute recognises the quality of what has been achieved here."

David Cowans added, "It's always great to be recognised by your peers. The ULI Award will bring Milton Keynes and Wolverton Park in particular to the attention of a lot of people in the industry both here and abroad, so it really is very exciting.  We hope our customers will be as pleased as we are that the beauty and quality of their homes has been recognised on an international stage."

Places for People is also developing Brooklands in the Eastern expansion area which will comprise 2500 homes, shops, schools , commercial buildings and extensive parkland and recreational leisure facilities.

Photo L/R: Mary Parsons, Group Director Business Development Places for People, David Hill, CEO Milton Keynes Council,  David Cowans, CEO Places for People and the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Cllr Alan Richards

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