International award for Wolverton Park

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A PREVIOUSLY run-down railway works has scooped an international urban design award.

Wolverton Park beat off stiff competition from across the world to land the Urban Land Institute Global Award for Excellence, at a ceremony in Los Angeles. It was the only British winner and picked up the prize alongside four other developments – three in America, and one in Singapore.

The Wolverton Park development, run by property developers Places for People, has been updated to include 31 apartments, 46 houses and maisonettes as well as office space.

David Cowans, Places for People chief executive, said: “What has been achieved at Wolverton Park is a credit to all those involved and something we are extremely proud of. To win the ULI’s Global Award, beating fantastic international projects and putting Wolverton on the world stage, shows what can be done to create a truly inspirational place.

“I know this award will mean a great deal to the community and as the only British winner, will help reinforce the message that Milton Keynes is an area of innovative development.”

The ULI 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, saying the ‘quite incredible’ construction and the ‘original character and superb lighting’.

They were also impressed with the way in which many of the building’s historical features have been incorporated into the new homes.

Joseph Brown, 2011 ULI Global Awards for Excellence jury chair, and chief innovation officer, AECOM, said: “The 2011 ULI Awards for Excellence recognise an exclusive set of visionary work.

“These projects, including Wolverton Park, adapt to existing urban environments and overcome economic challenges through creativity, demonstrating an elegant courage and grace that transcend preconceived notions and embrace the future, engage people and energise communities.”