Monday, 14 April 2014

Developer wins national placemaking award

Lessons learnt in Kent have seen one of the county’s leading developers take the top prize for its latest project in Cambridge.

Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust UK is celebrating winning a national award for its placemaking skills for a project undertaken with Countryside.

This is Liberty’s second endorsement for placemaking – Kent’s Kings Hill was named the UK’s most successful new village in 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.

Plans for the next phase of development at Kings Hill have been submitted to Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council and comprise 635 homes, a primary school with playing fields and additional community amenities including a skate park, extension to the community centre and a linear park which will be more than three times the size of the pitch at Wembley.

Kings Hill is set in 800 acres near the county town of Maidstone and is just two miles from junction 4 of the M20. It was a former airfield and is now home to around 6,900 residents and more than 200 businesses employing some 5,500 people.

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