Kings Hill developer wins national award
Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust UK is celebrating winning a national award for its placemaking skills for a project it is developing with Countryside.
This is Liberty’s second endorsement for placemaking – Kings Hill was named the UK’s most successful new village by an independent survey by international property consultants, CBRE, which praised the way it masterplanned the development to create a clear sense of community.
The latest award – the prestigious Place Making Award in Property Week’s Property Awards 2014 - was for Liberty’s Cambridge Biomedical Campus, which combines world-class biomedical research, patient care and University teaching on a single site. Liberty is developing the campus jointly with Countryside.
“Placemaking is about creating new communities that people can be proud of and enjoy spending time in. Although this award was for our Cambridge development it is a fantastic endorsement for all our projects and is testament to our core credentials - quality, attention to detail and long term approach to development,” said Liberty’s managing director Andrew Blevins.
“We were up against some very stiff competition for the award – including the iconic Shard in London – and are delighted to have won.
“We have learnt a great deal from developing Kings Hill and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and have used this knowledge and skill in our plans for the next phase of development at Kings Hill – so it is very gratifying to know that our work has been recognised in this way.”
Plans for the next phase of development at Kings Hill have been submitted to Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council and comprise 635 houses and include a new primary school with playing fields, additional community amenities including a skate park, extension to the community centre and a new linear park which will be over three times the size of the pitch at Wembley.