How can Construction Professionals Deliver Well Designed Homes That Don’t Cost a Fortune?
LONDON, May 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
A high-profile panel including Lord Richard Rogers, Nick Raynsford MP and Eric Pickles
MP tackled the issues at the annual Alan Cherry debate chaired by newsreader and
journalist George Alagiah.
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The debate, hosted by Building magazine and Countryside Properties in memory of the
late Countryside founder Alan Cherry, focused on homes design and whether it is possible
to satisfy demand for quantity without sacrificing quality.
Everyone deserves a roof over their head and a place to call home. Staying safe, warm
and dry is one of the most basic of modern human requirements. But the bare minimum isn’t,
and shouldn’t be, enough in the future according to some of the industry’s leading design,
housing and planning experts – no matter how tough the economic climate.
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The event kicked off with a panel debate as celebrated architect Lord Richard Rogers,
interim executive director of housing and regeneration from the Greater London Authority,
David Lunts, former construction minister Nick Raynsford MP, planning consultant David
Lock and Keith Bradley from architectsFeilden Clegg Bradley battled it out on issues
ranging from the standard of UK housing to whether it’s possible to design in quantity
without compromising on quality.
As Lord Rogers questioned the standard of UK homes design describing it on average as
“the worst in Western Europe”, Raynsford argued that there are examples of successful
housing and urban design such as Greenwich Millennium Village where he himself lives.
Lock argued that this project, developed by a consortium including Countryside
Properties and first mooted in 1997, would not be a sustainable or viable option in the
current economic climate thanks to the cost of cleaning up the land ahead of the
While the panellists clashed throughout the morning on a number of issues there was
one they all agreed on – that good housing design should be delivered no matter what.
The debate was expertly brought to a close by George Alagiah after taking questions
from the audience in order to make time for an address by Communities Secretary, Eric
The second part of the event featured the presentation of the second Alan Cherry Award
for Placemaking to Graham King, head of strategic planning and transportation at
Westminster Council. The award, which recognises the contribution that leading public
sector figures make to the quality of placemaking in their communities, was presented by
Alan Cherry’s sons Graham and Richard.
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Thanks must go to the panellists, Eric Pickles MP, George Alagiah andGraham and
Richard Cherryfor making the event such a great success -a testament to Alan Cherry’s
This event was produced by UBM Built Environment Client Solutions
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SOURCE Countryside Properties