DESIGNERS of the award-winning Wolverton Park have been lauded on the world stage.
Beating off stiff competition from Italy, Austria, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, Places for People has won the Urban Land Institute’s 2011 Award for Excellence for the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions, and was the only British finalist.
The Awards for Excellence recognise the full development process of a project, not just its architecture or design, and are widely recognised around the world as the highest accolade for creative and sustainable land use.
David Cowans, chief executive of Places for People, said: “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.”
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.
But 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.
Mr 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 the international stage.”