Wycombe’s fashionable new quarter on the western side of town has been shortlisted for an international award.

The apartment buildings in the new area called Centre Square opposite the Desborough Road entrance to the Eden Centre are in line to pick up the title of best mixed use development when the winners of the International Property Awards are announced next month.

They form a major part of the smart new district where the A40 runs through Wycombe.

The multi-million pound town centre regeneration scheme has been masterminded by Beaconsfield-based developer Inland Homes, one of the UK’s leading specialists in bringing new life to areas in need of radical re-design.

The awards presented at the online virtual ceremony on December 11 will be judged by three members of the House of Lords and a panel of more than 80 property industry experts.

There are 45 categories. The annual event with separate classes for residential and commercial projects attracts some of the world’s best.

The latest apartment block to come on stream at Centre Square – Alexandra House – consists of one and two bedroom flats with open plan living areas.

Kitchens have a range of appliances including fridge/freezer and dishwasher; each flat has an allocated parking space, there are gated gardens for residents, some flats have a private balcony or terrace.

The five blocks in the complex provide a total of 239 flats including six studios. Prices currently start at £225,000.

Meanwhile another Beaconsfield-based developer – Shanly Homes – is opening a show home tomorrow (Saturday) at Drake Lodge in Amersham New Town.

The development in Rickmansworth Road is within easy walking distance of the shops, pubs, restaurants and station.

Trains from here get into London Marylebone in about half an hour.

Prices at Drake Lodge start at £349,950. Due to the pandemic, you will need to book a time slot to view the show home. The number to call is 01494 851303.

And there is more good news on the awards front. Remember the story in the Property section of the BFP (October 23 issue) about the space centre opening at Wescott Venture Park?

Pictured above are staff at a European manufacturing company with a base at Westcott supplying parts to the aerospace industry.

The firm Total Carbide has developed breakthrough technology designed to cut the weight of rockets. Wescott Space Cluster is one of their customers.

As further evidence of its success, the company, which also supplies nozzles for space propulsion, has made the regional finals in the employer category for this year’s National Apprenticeship Awards, hence the picture.

“We have always invested in our staff through training and providing progressive career paths,” said managing director Andreas Hohmann.

“This prestigious national recognition is testament to the fantastic hard work and commitment of the whole team.

“Our global customer base covers 40 different industries.”