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Barkingside’s Ken Aston Square earns a special mention in European competition

PUBLISHED: 10:51 11 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:51 11 July 2016

The arches have proven a popular addition to Ken Aston Square, which was a finalist in the European Prize for Urban Public Spaces and earned a special mention

The arches have proven a popular addition to Ken Aston Square, which was a finalist in the European Prize for Urban Public Spaces and earned a special mention

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One of the borough’s most popular town centres has earned a special mention in the finals of a prestigious European competition honouring public spaces.

Ken Aston Square, in Barkingside, was one of four public spaces to be specifically honoured by judges of this year’s European Prize for Urban Public Space awards at their official announcement on Monday, July 4, and had been the only UK entry to make it onto the shortlist.

David Knight, Director of DK-CM, the architects who worked on the redevelopment, hailed the special mention as “excellent news for the borough, and for Barkingside.”

Back in May, the Recorder reported that the competition had successfully whittled down 276 candidates to a shortlist of 25.

The chairman of community group Barkingside 21, John Sharrock, was also delighted to find out the town’s redevelopment had been recognised by the competition’s international jury of ten world-renowned architects.

“As we were the only UK finalist, it means we can say we’re now the best urban town centre in the UK, and in the top five in Europe!” he said.

“Credit where it’s due, the council did a fantastic job on the redevelopment, they invested £2m into Barkingside and I think it looks wonderful.”


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