Development judged ‘close to perfection’

People for Places facilities manager John Saunders, with awards
People for Places facilities manager John Saunders, with awards

A HOUSING development in Milton Keynes has won two more prestigious awards to add to its already bumper collection.

The Places for People development at Wolverton Park was even cited as being ‘close to perfection’ by one of the judges.

Most recently the development has won gold for the second year running at the What House? Awards 2010 and with the Ian Allan Publishing Award at the National Railway Heritage Awards.

Wolverton Park is steeped in railway history, once having been the home to the Royal Train. It is now a new development of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, duplexes and houses.

John Saunders, facilities manager, at Places for People, said: “We are all thrilled to be presented with a further two awards from such esteemed names within the industry; it has been a fantastically successful year at the development seeing us win four major industry titles. Developing a site that has such historical significance was both complex and challenging and we are extremely proud of the end result. The development has created a new community comprising a variety of homes suitable for modern living whilst at the same time sympathetically preserving the history and heritage of the former railway site.”

“The aim with all our projects is to build places where people want to live, work and achieve their potential – to build communities alongside shops, restaurants, green space and employment facilities.”

The What House? Awards’ judges said: “We’re delighted to name Wolverton Park as winner of the Best Brownfield development in this year’s awards. The development pays respect to the site’s rich historical railway past that helped reinvent the area as a railway town during the industrial revolution.

“Many of the original features of the Royal train site have been well maintained, including the historical Royal Train Shed and elements of the Triangular Building and Grand Union Canal. Places for People has cleverly built stylish townhouses into the shell of the original train shed and many original features have been sympathetically incorporated into the new homes.”

The high praise continued from the National Railway Heritage judges, who said: “We have not seen a more immaculately presented project with such superb attention to detail in our experience and in the field of architecture and design we believe this entry is as close to perfection as it is possible to be.”

Awards won in 2010 by Wolverton Park:

> ‘Best Large Development’ at the Evening Standard New Homes Awards.

> The Ian Allan Publishing Award for the best overall entry at the National Railway Heritage Awards (last year it won the Modern Railways Restoration category)

> Best Brownfield Development category at the What House? Awards 2010 (last year it was named Best Mixed Use Development in the country)

> Places for People as a whole was awarded the Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce Operational Excellence Award