Wolverton Park short listed for Global award

Tue 03 May 2011

The project is competing for the Urban Land Institute’s 2011 Award for Excellence.  Other shortlisted candidates include major developments in Germany, Austria, Italy, Malta and a multi-billion pound university in Saudi Arabia.  Wolverton Park is the only British finalist.

The criteria by which the judges chose the project for recognition include, “ULI’s guiding principle that the achievement of excellence in land use practice should be recognized and rewarded. ULI’s Awards for Excellence recognize the full development process of a project, not just its architecture or design. The criteria for the awards include leadership, contribution to the community, innovations, public/private partnership, environmental protection and enhancement, response to societal needs, and financial viability.”  

All those involved in Wolverton Park at Places for People are not surprisingly delighted with the news.  Sales Director, Elliott Stiling, says, “We are all so very proud of what has been 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.”

The transformation of the former industrial site into a highly sought-after residential area has already been extremely well received in the industry picking up awards from a host of different bodies including What House?, the London Evening Standard, the National Home Improvement Council and the National Railway Heritage Awards.  Wolverton Park was formerly an engineering centre with facilities for working on carriages and steam locomotives and it was also the base for the Royal Train.  Now it has been transformed into stylish and elegant modern homes to suit a variety of family sizes and needs while keeping the best of the old brick and iron industrial structures.  With a host of facilities including the train station only a few moments walk away it is fast becoming Milton Keynes most desirable place to live.

Elliott says, “The ULI Awards are regarded around the world as the highest accolade for creative and sustainable land use and it is an incredible achievement just to make the shortlist.  It will bring Milton Keynes and Wolverton Park in particular to the attention of a lot of very important and influential people in the industry both here and abroad, so it really is very exciting.  We hope our residents, those we already have and those who are thinking about buying, will be as pleased as we are that the beauty and quality of their homes is appreciated by independent experts who really know what they’re talking about.”

For more details visit: www.uli.org and www.wolvertonpark.co.uk

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