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>FRIDAY, 20 MARCH 2009, Regeneration & Renewal blog

Forget about the Oscars, Baftas and Grammys – I am live in Westminster for the British Urban Regeneration Association’s community-inspired awards. The name may not be quite so pithy, but the awards are important because they celebrate projects run by people that deserve recognition. Here are the winners:


Creation Development Trust, Bridgend
Nessie Club, Runcorn

Runners up

The Living Quarry, Portland
Operation Kingfisher, Lewisham
X-Site Skate Park, Skegness
Park View 4U, Lytham


Restoration of Garrison House and Grounds, Isle of Cumbrae
Butterfield Green Community Orchard, Hackney

On a sadder but simultaneously, uplifting note I must mention the number of emotional and touching tributes for the former chief executive of BURA, the late Jon Ladd who died earlier this year and who was key in setting up these awards. Michael Ward, the current chief executive, dedicated the ceremony to his memory as former colleagues and others lined up to pay homage to the “prince among men”. So heartfelt and genuine were the tributes, it almost seemed as if Jon Ladd was in the room.



About Herpreet Kaur Grewal

Herpreet Kaur Grewal is a newspaper-trained journalist, editor and commentator. She formerly wrote and edited a section for the social policy and politics magazine Regeneration & Renewal. She has worked for The Times of London and her articles have featured in The Guardian, The Observer and The Daily Express. She specialises in social deprivation issues, gender, human rights , arts and culture.


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