Wolverton Park Wins Two Major Awards

Tue 05 Jan 2010

Royal Train Shed DevelopmentFollowing hot on the heels of being officially voted the best mixed use development in the country winning Gold at the What House? Awards, Wolverton Park has just won Modern Railway Restoration Award at the National Railway Heritage Awards for 2009 for its superb restoration of the Grade II listed Royal Train Shed.

Winning the Modern Railway Restoration Award for the Royal Train Shed is of particular significance as it demonstrates how sensitively Places for People has retained the historic features that characterise this extraordinary building.  

The judges said: 'In selecting Wolverton Park as the winner of the Modern Railways Award in the National Railway Heritage Awards for 2009, the judges were hugely impressed by the quality of the restoration work covering the original structure as well as by the sympathetic and successful conversion of the interior of the shed into attractive housing units. The environmentally-sensitive work in the restoration of the disused Royal Train Shed and the careful retention of many of the building’s original engineering features also drew much praise.'

Once the home of the Royal Train and steeped in railway history, Wolverton Park has been redeveloped by Places for People to provide 300 new homes alongside shops, offices, restaurant and bar.  The site also boasts a two and a half acre park, an eco-pond, and canal frontage. 

The What House? judges praised the 'wonderful blend of old and new' homes on offer at the scheme and particularly admired the  three-story homes  built inside the Royal Train Shed building, noting the `quite incredible` construction and the `original character and superb lighting`.  They were impressed with the way in which many of the building's historical features have been incorporated into the new homes . 

David Cowans, Chief Executive of Places for People said:  "We are thrilled to have won both these awards for our Wolverton Park development and to be recognised in the sector as a leading player in developing and delivering a successful mixed use community. 

“Developing a site that has such historical and emotive significance was both extremely complex and challenging. We needed to design and construct a range of homes suitable for 21st century living, but which were sympathetic to, and preserved the history and heritage of the former railway works site.
“We are really proud of the result – a new community alongside shops, restaurants, green space, and employment facilities. These are principles we are replicating on large scale at sites across the country, in order to create and manage places where people want to live, work, and achieve their potential."
 To find out more about Wolverton Park please visit www.wolvertonpark.co.uk

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