OPDC chief wins award

Blackwalll ReachThe Alan Cherry Award for Placemaking 2015 has been presented to Victoria Hills, CEO of Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation.

The award is organised by housebuilder Countryside, in honour of the late founder of the company, Alan Cherry.

The award presentation was made by Richard Cherry, Chief Executive of Partnerships at Countryside and Fay Cherry.

The winner of the 2015 Award for Placemaking, Victoria Hills, is heading up the UK’s largest regeneration project in west London, creating 25,500 new homes, 65,000 new jobs and one of London’s largest transport hubs, straddling three Boroughs and covering 650ha. The first phase of the ambitious scheme includes the creation of a new high street, public squares, a cultural quarter and a significant canal frontage.

Victoria, a graduate in Town Planning, took up her role with OPDC in 2014, having previously held the Head of Transport role at the Greater London Authority (GLA), as well as enjoying a two-year tenure as Chair of the Transport Planning Society from 2009 to 2011, and a four year tenure as Chair of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Transport Planning Network between 2005 and 2009.

Victoria commented on her award: “It is a great honour to receive this award on behalf of the OPDC. Over the course of the last year we have collaborated with expert planners and key stakeholders to develop a framework for the masterplan. As we turn our attention toward delivery it’s timely to recognise the achievements to date. This award is truly special because not only is it the first for OPDC, it coincides with the Mayor adopting the Opportunity Area Planning Framework which is a significant milestone in what will be a 30-40 year project, one which we will look back on with pride.”

Richard Cherry said: “Victoria Hills stood out as someone who truly recognises the true spirit of a place and demonstrated a clear understanding of how to create, foster and shape its future – impressive given the scale of the project at hand. Although at its early stages, Victoria has played a significant role in the master planning at Old Oak, and has been very influential and instrumental in establishing a strong framework for planning and placemaking. With ambitious plans to deliver the housing that London needs and a real focus on quality design, this development will be an inspiration for wider regeneration, helping to preserve the valuable spaces and breathe new life into the area.”

The Alan Cherry Award for Placemaking is awarded to a public figure who has made a significant contribution to placemaking in their communities.

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