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Together with our partners, Liberty Property Trust, we were recently awarded the coveted ‘Place Making’ award in the Property Awards for the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

How partnerships are often the best way of developing complex sites - by Ian Sutcliffe

At the Biomedical Campus it is our intention to create an urban healthcare village where just like any other village, there is a strong sense of community, belonging and neighbourhood. Working in partnership with The University of Cambridge, Cambridge University Hospitals, the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK and Papworth Hospital, our ambition is to further develop an environment that already fosters and facilitates collaboration, innovation and open access.

The site is a prime example of how many of the Group’s projects are successfully developed in partnership with other organisations.  We have found that partnerships are often the best way of developing complex sites which benefit from the combined experience, skills and shared resources of the partners.  With all political parties recognising the need to almost double the supply of new housing in the short term, both to meet demand and to fuel wider economic growth, partnerships can be a significant factor in helping to achieving this.

At Countryside the process starts internally by maintaining effective co-ordination and collaboration between strategic, design and development teams.  Once this is in place, we can develop a coordinated project management approach to aid relationships with authorities and agencies through the planning and development process.  As a result we work with existing communities, parish and neighbourhood councils throughout the development process in order to understand their issues and aspirations.

Examples of other successful joint venture developments include The Mount, Millbrook Park and Acton Gardens in London W3.

The Mount, Millbrook Park is our second joint venture with Annington Homes in Mill Hill.  Together we have worked alongside the London Borough of Barnet and the Inglis Consortium to help deliver a thriving community of homes with a new primary school and almost six hectares of parks and open space.

For more than 30 years we have worked in partnership with housing associations, local authorities and other public and private bodies to deliver new and refurbished homes in communities where people are proud to live.

Acton Gardens is great example of this.  It is a joint venture with L&Q which is transforming the old South Acton estate. Acton Gardens will evolve over the coming years into a vibrant new urban village including over 2,500 new homes designed around a series of parks and squares.  In addition to 50% of the homes being affordable, the development will be a ‘green’ neighbourhood featuring parks, communal gardens and allotments, a community hub and culture, office and retail space. Acton Gardens brings together quality placemaking with high standards of sustainability and eco-friendly design.

I believe that my company is better placed than ever before, with our unique blend of developing and contracting skills, to help our partners meet the challenges of housing supply.

Ian Sutcliffe, Executive Chairman

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