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Best in Community Engagement: Shortlist for The Pineapples awards 2021

These six Community Engagement projects are up for a golden pineapple and will present their approach live in front of the judging panel at The Pineapples awards for place, 12-16 July at an online event

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The first shortlists have been announced for The Pineapples 2021 awards, including the six projects vying for a golden pineapple for their approach to Community Engagement.


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 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



Shortlist for The Pineapples 2021 – Community Engagement

Active Streets -  Edinburgh
Active Streets - Edinburgh

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

Local community members including primary and secondary school children had their say on making sustainable everyday journeys through digital and physical means including print-at-home and postal activity kits, online surveys, YouTube live streaming and Minecraft



BlockWest - Bristol
BlockWest - Bristol

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

Local people aged 17 to 76 were trained to use a digital design and modular construction kit. Together they designed, fabricated and made a Covid-safe community pavilion using modular building system Block Type A



Shaping the Heart of Nottingham Waterside – Trent Basin - Nottingham
Shaping the Heart of Nottingham Waterside – Trent Basin - Nottingham

Blueprint with Deetu

Local communities and stakeholders reached by social media, QR code posters, letter drops and leaflets to gain feedback through digital engagement on the redevelopment of Nottingham’s waterside, with the design team amending the masterplan based on community-sourced evidence





Soapworks - Bristol
Soapworks - Bristol

First Base

The consultation for Soapworks used the bespoke app Give-My-View, an engagement tool developed by First Base with Built-ID, with consultation meetings, newsletters, telephone and posted information to receive almost 6,000 responses to their proposals



The Bermondsey Project - Bermondsey
The Bermondsey Project - Bermondsey

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

Seven years of community engagement across digital, print and in-person events is now feeding into the creation of a community forum of 20 representatives to help guide the delivery of social impact during phase one of the regeneration project alongside a Social Impact Charter



The Nicholson Quarter - Maidenhead
The Nicholson Quarter - Maidenhead

Areli Real Estate with JTP

Community Planning Weekends and workshops have been informing the vision to transform a 1960s shopping centre into a mixed-use masterplan, alongside outreach over social media, an app, by post and telephone



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