The Alan Cherry Award for Placemaking has been presented to Richard Barrett, Head of Estate Regeneration at Brent Council.
Richard Barrett, who is heading up the regeneration of the South Kilburn Estate, grew up on the South Kilburn Estate witnessing the problems of antisocial behaviour, poor infrastructure and poor maintenance first hand as well as the community spirit which despite the issues made it a good place to live. He has returned in a professional capacity to help Brent Council regenerate and improve the area.
The council says the scheme demonstrates the ability of a Local Authority to lead the process of enlightened city building by commissioning and delivering housing of the highest calibre to integrate previously segregated communities.
Richard Barrett, commented on his award: “I was completely stunned to receive this recognition. This award is a great testament to the hard work of all my team and the vision of Brent Council that together we can deliver quality and places where people want to live, and also create new opportunities to boost the local economy. The idea behind the regeneration of South Kilburn was to knit the area back into its geographical context and to create an environment that would allow people to improve their lives, and to aspire and believe.”
James Murray, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development at the GLA, said: “The placemaking award recognises Richard’s professional regeneration work, which is making difference to the lives of Londoners by creating new homes and places that people can be proud of.”
Ian Sutcliffe, Group CEO at Countryside Properties, said: “Our Company’s mission statement is ‘Places People Love’, conveying its focus on place making, design quality, strategic planning and sustainable development. Richard Barrett has been successful in Brent’s 48-hectare South Kilburn Estate regeneration where he grew up. Witnessing the problems of antisocial behaviour and poor infrastructure, there is now a new park, a medical centre and primary school is on the way, and new community space and infrastructure. Cul-de-sacs and alleys, where you would have been “brave or foolish to go at certain times”, are no more.”