The founder of Countryside Properties and Bairstow Eves, Alan Cherry died on 23 January, 2010, following a six-month battle with cancer.
Alan grew up in Dagenham and left Mayfield Boys School aged 15 in 1948. He studied part-time and qualified as a chartered surveyor before doing his National Service in the Royal Engineers. Together with his friend, John Bairstow he founded the estate agency, Bairstow Eves, and for some years was its Managing Director. Their first shop was in Brentwood.
John Bairstow later went into the hotel business and Alan Cherry formed Countryside Properties in 1958. The company would become one of the UK’s leading and most respected housing and property development companies, specialising in the creation of sustainable communities and urban regeneration. He was passionate in his belief in design and environmental quality and was therefore particularly proud when Accordia in Cambridge was the first housing scheme to receive the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2008. Alan was awarded an MBE in 1984 and a CBE in 2003 for services to housing and regeneration.