St. Modwen has been shortlisted in two categories at the Brownfields Awards, thanks to key placemaking projects by its Strategic Land & Regeneration arm.
The awards created by Environment Analyst’s Brownfield & Regeneration Network, now in its 17th year, aims to celebrate excellence across a range of categories in the brownfield and contaminated land sector by bringing the brownfield community together to recognise the outstanding achievements made by individuals and organisations, through the use of innovative techniques, awareness of sustainability, engagement of stakeholders and demonstration of best practice.
The first entry that has been shortlisted falls within the Best Public Engagement and Participation category, which St. Modwen’s ‘Love’ Community campaign is in contention for the award. The objective of the campaign was to encourage residents to actively engage and shape the developments and communities that they live within, and for them to record and feedback their experiences through a photography challenge. As developers, St. Modwen also saw the initiative as an opportunity for its project teams to actively engage and have meaningful contact with residents.
The second award the developer is in the running to receive is for Best Biodiversity Enhancement, for which the South Derbyshire development of Hilton Valley has been shortlisted.
The former MoD base has been transformed into a mixed use development, comprising of 485 homes, a new business park and a large open public space and wildlife conservation area.
The open space has been extremely well received by residents and the wider community, offering a recreational area to be enjoyed with walking and cycle paths through the newly created lake and woodlands, while also preserving local wildlife habitats such as a heronry and badger sets to ensure the development works in connection with the surrounding nature. Through biodiversity measures taken by St. Modwen, new species are now living and utilising the space, such as Mute Swans, Green Sandpipers, House Martins as well as a range of insects thanks to wildflower planting.
“The opening of the space on the day ‘Lockdown 2’ commenced was a great example of how we as a business are working hard to support our communities and help improve their health, wellbeing and quality life.
As part of the project team and a member of our Health and Wellbeing Responsible Business Group, now, more than ever, we know that keeping well and looking after both physical and mental health is so important for members of our communities. Spending time in fresh air is one of the easiest ways to ensure we feel rejuvenated and energised.
We’ve worked hard to create a space that current and future Hilton residents can be proud of, not only do these areas improve and create new habitats for wildlife, they provide environmental, social, educational, and health and wellbeing benefits to local residents and their families.”Andrea Clarke, Residential Portfolio Manager at St. Modwen
Being shortlisted for two categories at the awards echoes St. Modwen’s focus as a master developer, placing key importance on delivering transformational regeneration projects.
The awards will be held on 14 October, where the winners of each category will be announced.