Six places were presented with Pineapple awards by Design Council CEO Sarah Weir yesterday, including two each for Urban Splash and Places for People, at the closing party of The Festival of Place.
The results of the inaugural Pineapples Awards For Place were announced last night at the Festival of Place, with Urban Splash and Places for People the big winners, scooping two Pineapples each in the four categories.
The shortlisted projects were presented with their awards in front of the judges and the attendees of the inaugural Festival of Place yesterday (9 July) at an informal ceremony hosted by Design Council CEO Sarah Weir. Prior to the festival, the shortlisted built projects had been visited by the judges, who assessed them using a methodology developed by the Gehl Institute.
The Pineapples, sponsored by the Design Council and created by The Developer, celebrate the urban life of developments and places where people want to live, work and play. The four award categories were: Completed Place, Place in Progress, Contribution to Place and Future Place.
The awards are unique in that all built projects must be complete and have been open to the public for approximately two years, so they can be judged in-use.
Pineapples are an international symbol of hospitality and frequently used as a symbol of welcome and prosperity in historic UK architecture such as the Brighton Pavilion or St Paul’s Cathedral.
“That’s what we believe all great places should be – welcoming and bringing prosperity to citizens and neighbours,” The Developer’s editor-in-chief Christine Murray said.
The judges could choose to award a Pineapple to more than one project in each category and this year elected to award six Pineapples on the night.
Two projects picked up Pineapples for Future Place. The first Pineapple went to West End Project, by the London Borough of Camden and LDA Design, about which the judges said: “We were impressed with the imagination of the scheme to put public health, well-being, sustainability, resilience, and time and space for reflection in the heart of London, rather than focusing on the obvious big development assets of our capital city.
“This is a classic example of how through thoughtful landscape design, people can be nudged and supported to change behaviours and for people to take time to enjoy their surroundings.”
A Pineapple also went to Port Loop Scheme, Birmingham, by Urban Splash and Places for People. The judges said: “We felt the redevelopment of this inner-city, historic part of Birmingham with the juxtaposition of respecting and reimagining the industrial heritage of the canal network, repurposed a vibrant and sustainable distinctive district in our second city.”
The Pineapple for Completed Place went to Balham High Road, London, by Wandsworth Borough Council and Metropolitan Workshop. The judges said: “Balham High Road went beyond the brief, having significant social impact through a creative range of placemaking interventions, a catalyst for local retailers and residents, and excellent engagement and process.”
The judges also commended London Wall Place by Brookfield Properties, Oxford Properties and Make Architects as an exemplary place that involves effective landscaping, heritage and a sense of generosity.
The Pineapple for Contribution to Place, which celebrates a project such as a public space, infrastructure, meanwhile or building that has made a significant contribution to urban life, went to Waltham Forest Walking and Cycling, by the London Borough of Waltham Forest and Commonplace Digital.
The judges commented: “It was extraordinary to see how these multiple small projects created so much change for the public spaces of Waltham Forest. It is a testament to a big vision, great execution and wonderful consultation to ensure the community were part of the process. We all were blown away by how much was achieved: lots of things in a small way make the difference – not glamorous but effective for creating a place for the larger community. Effective community engagement was the key.”
Two Pineapples were awarded for Places in Progress, which are projects that have completed a phase that has been open for two years. London Dock, by St George City and Patel Taylor, picked up a Pineapple for what the judges described as its “lovely scale, great historic reference, inviting, great use of landscape and water, and great connections”.
The second Pineapple went to Smith’s Dock, North Shields, by Urban Splash and Places for People – the joint-venture partners’ second win of the night. The judges liked “the way it captured industrial heritage with a good fishing and boat narrative, nice riverside path, and skate park”.
The judges of The Pineapples were:
The judges made their final deliberations at the festival and winners of The Pineapples were announced at the close of the one-day event in the on-site pub, accompanied by a Mariachi band.
The Design Council said: “We are proud to sponsor The Festival of Place and The Pineapple awards, which will be the summer’s leading event in the built environment calendar. Our experience and evidence show that well-designed neighbourhoods can have a transformational impact on us all, improving health and well-being, enhancing the environment and stimulating the economy.”
Projects shortlisted for The Pineapples
Place in Progress
Contribution to Place