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All the Shortlists so far – The Pineapples awards 2021

The first categories have been announced, so who is up for a golden pineapple?

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The Pineapples awards for place
The Pineapples awards for place

The first shortlists have been announced for The Pineapples 2021 awards, and here’s a rundown of the projects that will be vying for a golden pineapple so far at the upcoming Festival of Place: The Pineapples.


The Pineapples are only awards that celebrate the best in making places where people thrive, and are run in association with the Design Council.


Launched in 2019 by The Developer, The Pineapples are unique in seeking to celebrate places where people want to live, work, play, shop or learn. Shortlisted projects are presented in front of a live audience and the judging panel. Winners are awarded a golden pineapple trophy; the fruit is a traditional symbol of welcome in UK architecture.


The awards are also unique in that shortlisted projects are presented to the judges in front of a live audience, taking place online from 12-16 July at the ticketed event Festival of Place: The Pineapples, which will showcase urban development work taking place in communities across the UK.


The Design Council has supported The Pineapples since their launch in 2018. This year, with Design Economy 2021, the Design Council is exploring design’s social and environmental impact, as well as its economic contribution, giving us the most comprehensive assessment to date on the state of design in the UK.


The Design Council said: “We are proud to sponsor the Festival of Place and the Pineapple Awards. Our experience and evidence shows that well-designed neighbourhoods can have a transformational impact on us all, improving health and well-being, enhancing the environment and stimulating the economy.”


Get your pass to attend The Pineapples and see 40+ exemplar projects presented by developers and architects as they vie for a golden pineapple for excellence in design, development and placemaking


In 2021, the categories for Place of the Year, Place in Progress, Future Place and International Place are joined by five new categories to celebrate excellence in five specific areas: Community Engagement, Creative Reuse, Public Space, Activation and Sustainable Transport. These five categories replace the former Contribution to Place category.


Shortlisted built projects are visited where possible by at least one judge, who assesses the quality of these places using methodology developed with the Design Council and shaped using the 12 principles of public space by the Gehl Institute.


The shortlisted projects will be presented in front of a live audience during the Festival of Place: The Pineapples, 12-16 July with the winners announced on the final day



The Pineapples 2021 – the shortlists so far...



The Pineapple for Activation 2021

Box on the Docks - Salford
Peel Media Ltd


Centre of Gravity, Soapworks - Bristol
First Base


Mayfield - Manchester
The Mayfield Partnership


Sayer Street & Meadow - Southwark


The Bird Box - Bromsgrove
Bromsgrove District Council and North Worcestershire Economic Development and Regeneration (NWeDR)


Beckenham Palace Mansions, Lewisham
Lewisham Council



The Pineapple for Community Engagement 2021

Active Streets - Edinburgh
Parsons Green Parent Council with New Practice, Sustrans, Transport for Scotland and City of Edinburgh Council


BlockWest - Bristol
Making Together with Knowle West residents, We Can Make and Automated Architecture


Shaping the Heart of Nottingham Waterside – Trent Basin - Nottingham


Soapworks - Bristol
First Base


The Bermondsey Project - Bermondsey
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland


The Nicholson Quarter - Maidenhead
Areli Real Estate with JTP



The Pineapple for Public Space 2021

West Gorton Community Park - Manchester
Manchester City Council with BDP, Arup and G&T


Ambrose Walk Community Garden - London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Malmesbury Residents Association and Tower Hamlets Homes with Wilder Communities and KRAA


Christchurch Gardens - London Borough of Westminster
City of Westminster and Victoria BID, with Design: Reardon Smith Landscape LLP, Environmental Protection Group, Tim O’Hare Associates, Light Bureau, To the Point, WSP, Gardiner & Theobald and FM Conway


Chelsea Barracks - London Borough of Westminster
Qatari Diar Development Company, with Squire & Partners, Dixon Jones, Kim Wilkie, and Gustafson Portern & Bowman

Higham Hill Theatre – London Borough of Waltham Forest
Create and London Borough of Waltham Forest, with vPPR Architects, Twelve, Heyne Tillett Steel and Mitre Construction


Cheney Row Park – Waltham Forest
London Borough of Waltham Forest, with We Made That, Stockdale, BSG Ecology, LEAP Environmental and Blakedown Landscapes



The Pineapple for Creative Reuse 2021

Hatworks Creative Workspace – Luton
The Culture Trust


Copeland Park – Peckham
Copeland Park & Bussey Building


Brixton Windmill – Brixton
Lambeth Council with Squire & Partners


Roof East – Stratford
Urban Space Management and London Borough of Newham


The Old Vinyl Factory – Hayes



The Pineapple for Place of the Year 2021

West Green Place - Haringey
Pocket Living


Television Centre - White City
Stanhope, Mitsui Fudosan, AIMCo, BBC Studioworks


Ram Quarter - Wandsworth
Greenland UK with EPR Architects


MediaCity UK - Salford
Peel L&P and Legal & General Capital



The Pineapple for Place in Progress



Barking Riverside - Barking and Dagenham

Barking Riverside Limited


Circus Street - Brighton

U+I with shedkm


Climate Innovation Distric - Leeds

Citu Group Developments Ltd


New Islington - Manchester

House by Urban Splash


Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Masterplan - Glasgow

Glasgow City Council and Keepmoat Homes Scotland with LDA Design


The Old Vinyl Factory - Hayes




The Pineapple for Future Place


Better Queensway - Southend-on-Sea

Porters Place LLP: joint venture between Swan Housing and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council


Blackwall Yard - Poplar

Hadley Property Group


Granton Waterfront - Edinburgh

City of Edinburgh Council with Collective Architecture


High Path Estate, Merton

Clarion Housing Group with PRP Architects


Love Wolverton - Wolverton



Station Hill - Reading

Lincoln MGT with CallisonRTKL


Stretford Masterplan - Trafford

Bruntwood Works and Trafford Council JV



The Pineapple for International Future Place


International Future Place


‘Growth’ - Baghdad

Tamayouz Excellence Award - Dewan Award For Architecture with ONE Creative Environments


The Depot - Bucharest

Griro with KAP Studios


Lyon Confluence - Lyon

Bouygues Immobilier, Linkcity with David Chipperfield Architects



The Pineapple for Sustainable Transport



Connecting Leeds Covid Response, Leeds

Leeds City Council with Commonplace


CYCLE42 - Merton

Hadley Property Group


West Gorton Community Park - Manchester

Manchester City Council with BDP


The Northbank Low Emission Neighbourhood - Westminster

The Northbank BID

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