Trio win at Alan Cherry Awards for Placemaking 2018


The winners of the prestigious Alan Cherry Awards for Placemaking were announced after this year’s seventh annual Alan Cherry Debate.

Countryside, celebrating its 60th anniversary, hosted the event in honour of the company’s late founder, Alan Cherry CBE DL, on Thursday 4 October at Landing 42 in the Leadenhall Building.

Presented by Graham Cherry, Chief Executive for Partnerships South, Countryside, the Alan Cherry Awards for Placemaking highlights and rewards individuals from the public sector who have made a significant contribution to placemaking in their community.

Jonathan Brookes, Principal Urban Designer at the Greater Cambridge Planning Authority won the ‘Placemaking; Outstanding Contribution’ award, which is presented to a public figure who has made a significant contribution to placemaking in their community and has worked in the sector for 10 years or more.

Sarah Lovell, Head of Area Regeneration at Haringey Council, won the ‘Placemaking: One to Watch’ category, which is awarded to accomplished and outstanding individuals with under 10 years’ experience in the public sector.

In honour of Countryside’s Diamond Jubilee anniversary, a special recognition award was awarded to David Lunts for his outstanding commitment to the industry and long-standing partnership with Countryside. Currently the Interim Head of Paid Service and Executive Director of Housing and Land at the GLA, he was previously Executive Director for Policy & Partnerships at the GLA, with responsibility for planning, regeneration, environmental and social policy. David began his housing and regeneration career in Manchester which included the leadership of the City Challenge renewal of Hulme in the early 1990s. David moved to London in 1996 to run the Urban Villages Forum, a widely supported membership not-for-profit group, and became the founding chief executive of the Prince’s Foundation in 1998. He was also a member of Lord Rogers’ Urban Task Force.

This year, the Alan Cherry Debate panel looked ahead and explored the policies needed to increase the supply of housing in the next 60 months, the impact of a changing workforce supply on the industry and the impact of the London plan. Moderated by BBC News Presenter, Huw Edwards, the panel included; James Murray, Deputy Mayor of Housing and Residential Development at the Mayor of London; Melanie Leech, Chief Executive at the British Property Federation; Kate Davies, Chief Executive at Notting Hill Genesis; Professor Tony Travers, Director of LSE London, Natalie Elphicke, Chief Executive at the Housing & Finance Institute and Ian Sutcliffe, Group Chief Executive, Countryside.

Graham Cherry, Chief Executive for Partnerships South, Countryside, said: “My late father’s vision was to create places that people enjoy, and these awards celebrate good development design, placemaking and sustainable communities. We’re proud to be the only home builder that rewards those excelling in placemaking in the public sector in this way. I congratulate Jonathan and Sarah on their deserved wins – they are truly inspirational and look forward to seeing more visionary work from them.

“With 60 years’ experience in the industry, we felt it was only appropriate we recognise those that have dedicated their life to placemaking in the public sector. We were unanimous in our decision and truly delighted to present our special recognition award to David. His work in the regeneration and placemaking field has been relentless and has set the standard for future generations.”

Jonathan Brookes, Principal Urban Designer, Greater Cambridge Planning Authority, commented: “I am honoured and delighted to have won the Alan Cherry ‘Placemaking: Outstanding Contribution’ award.  Having been shortlisted alongside two fantastic and dedicated public-sector figures, I am humbled to be part of a very special list of exceptional people who have won the award over the last seven years.  I hope that I can be an inspiration to more urban designers with a vision to diversify and implement change within their communities.”

Sarah Lovell, Head of Area Regeneration, Haringey Council, commented: “I’m delighted to have won the Alan Cherry ‘One to Watch’ Award.  Community led regeneration is very important and the local community are at the heart of the High Road West regeneration scheme. I, along with my entire team at Haringey Council, hope to continue working on this to create a successful and prosperous future for our residents.”