The 24 shortlisted places will be presented as case studies during the Festival of Place, 2-13 November, 2020
The shortlist has been announced for The Pineapples 2020 awards for place, supported by the Design Council. All the shortlisted projects will be presenting to the judges as part of the programme of the Festival of Place, which runs online from 2 - 13 November, 2020. The winners of the golden pineapples will be announced on 13 November at 3:30pm.
The shortlisted built projects will also be visited, where possible, by the judges, who will be assessing the quality of these places using methodology by the Design Council and the Gehl Institute.
The Pineapples celebrate the urban life of developments and places where people want to live, work and play. The five categories include completed place, place in progress, contribution to place for individual buildings and meanwhiles, future place and future place international, for masterplans.
The Festival of Place is a two-week series of events, hosted on the virtual conferencing platform Airmeet. With 60+ speakers, the inspiring talks and interactive workshops will connect this community of place shapers, bringing together speakers and delegates from across the built environment who care about building quality places that thrive.
Submissions to The Pineapples were scored online by the judges using photographs, images, masterplans and supporting material. The judges for The Pineapples include Julian Tollast, Head of Masterplanning, Quintain; Jonny McKenna, Director - Dublin, Metropolitan Workshop; Frances Gannon, Partner, MAKE Architects; Federica Buricco, Associate, CRTKL; Emily Gee, London Planning Director, Historic England; Catherine Dewar, Regional Director North West, Historic England; Ben Adams, Founding Director, Ben Adams Architects; Aisling Ramshaw, Head of Sales and Marketing (Kirkstall Forge & Temple) CEG; Tom Perry, Design Council; Olaide Oboh, Head of partnerships, First Base; Sophie Thompson, Director, LDA Design; Sarah Jones-Morris, Director, Landsmith Associates; Sam White, Director, Knight Architects; Murray Levinson, Partner, Squire & Partners; Mike Saunders, CEO and Co-Founder, Commonplace; Justin Nicholls, Founding Partner, Fathom Architects.
The Design Council says, “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.”
The Pineapple for contribution to place
Royal Wharf Pier, Royal Docks, London
Ballymore, Nex––, London Borough of Newham
Royal Wharf Pier is a new riverboat terminal in Ballymore and Oxley’s Royal Wharf development in London’s Royal Docks, and at 130m long, incorporates London’s first floating public space on the Thames. The pier addresses the practical requirements of Thames Clippers while also providing a meaningful contribution to London’s riverside, with a public space that can be enjoyed by the community, Londoners and visitors alike. The pier extends Royal Wharf’s public realm 40m into the Thames with a public promenade, a fixed element of the structure which is publicly accessible year-round. At the heart of the pier, a 162sqm viewing platform invites people to gather, providing bench seating and views through glass balustrades. With the latest wellness research from University of Greenwich demonstrating that Londoners who commute by boat are the happiest and most relaxed commuters, the pier promotes a healthier lifestyle through its purpose as a Thames Clippers terminal.
North Cator Park, Old Post Office Ln, London
Berkeley Homes East Thames, HTA Design, Royal Borough of Greenwich
Drawing upon the history of a lost river that crossed the site, the Lower Kid Brooke, a new chalk stream forms the backbone of the landscape approach, connecting the existing water bodies with a dry riverbed, acting as a path and inviting the public to discover and interact with the natural environment. At the source of the chalk stream we have created a 3,000m3 wild play space creating a biophilic experience for ages 0 to 100. Limestone outcrops and climbing walls enclose the space and its play towers. Materials used in the construction have been repurposed and upcycled from standing deadwood trees, air preserved and reused as climbing frames, with redundant Thames jetties used as climbing walls and benches. At Kidbrooke Village we recycled 30,000m3 of site materials that would otherwise have otherwise gone to landfill. This inspired move saves significant resource, reduces offset environmental impact, delivers positive health benefits and creates a rich network of varied habitat types.
The Drumsheds, Meridian Water, London
London Borough of Enfield
The London Borough of Enfield is currently delivering one of the largest regeneration schemes in the UK – Meridian Water – in the Upper Edmonton area of North East London. When complete, the scheme will provide approximately 10,000 homes, 6000 jobs, enhanced green space and public realm and significant transport improvements. Using meanwhile projects to activate and bring people to the site is an important part of the council’s early placemaking strategy. Enfield has traditionally lacked a night-time economy, and the council saw an opportunity to use four large, vacant industrial sheds to create an exciting new venue. Working in partnership with Broadwick Live, the council converted the sheds into one of Europe’s largest clubbing and events venues, “The Drumsheds.” The venue has become a landmark for Meridian Water and helps with wayfinding. The large, blue sheds with their logo and refurbished roofing are visible from the river, to passing drivers on the North Circular, as well as those using the new Meridian Water train station
Support for Jack Tizard School, White City Place, London
Stanhope, Mitsui Fudosan, Aimco, Savills
Jack Tizard School, based on South Africa Road, approximately 1000 feet from White City Place, is an outstanding school for pupils aged 3- 19 years with a range of severe learning difficulties. Upon seeing a group of students with teachers and support workers visiting the estate, we had the opportunity to learn about the need for the students to get out and about in their community in a safe and welcoming environment, with the ability to quickly return to the school if necessary. As we continue to identify ways to ensure White City Place is open and inclusive for all, supporting a school which serves over 100 local families has been an excellent way to do this. We have held exclusive events such as a summer screening of Moana and the use of our studio space as their Christmas grotto. Our service partners have identified ways to assist the school with more challenging M&E and cleaning tasks including changing bulbs at high level and deep cleaning to external areas, and we have been supporting ’Friends of Jack Tizard’ in fundraising for a new minibus. Perhaps our greatest success is our work experience programme, inviting students each Wednesday to experience different aspects of property management. The teachers have commented on just how much the students have grown in confidence and how much they look forward to their visit each week.
Mayfield Partnership (U+I, Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester, LCR)
Based on its philosophy of ‘worthwhile’ rather than meanwhile use, U+I has turned Mayfield into the city’s most spectacular new cultural venue. The site’s vast depot has been refurbished into a 10,000-capacity performance, community and studio space (Depot Mayfield), its railway arches became the home of a weekly independent street food market, and vacant warehouse space has been used to create the UK’s largest indoor mountain bike track (Dirt Factory). From recitals to raves, BMX-riding to book launches, U+I has ensured Mayfield has welcomed a democratic and distinctive programme of events. Depot Mayfield made its debut in 2017 as a performance location for the renowned Manchester International Festival (MIF), before becoming the home of Manchester Pride Live, hosting 38,000 people and acts including Ariana Grande over a bank holiday weekend. In 2019, it established a partnership with Broadwick Live. Cementing Mayfield’s status as the new epicentre of live events, the partners signed a deal to make Mayfield the home of The Warehouse Project (WHP), which has taken on cult status among fans of electronic music across the UK over the last decade. Its first season took place in autumn 2019, attracting an incredible 225,000 people to see acts including Aphex Twin, Fatboy Slim and original Hacienda DJs, Graham Parks and Mike Pickering.
Poplar Works, London
Poplar HARCA, Adams and Sutherland, Greater London Authority, London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Poplar Works is a fashion workspace and training centre, developed by Poplar HARCA, London College of Fashion, UAL (LCF) and The Trampery. We used a strip of under-used garages straddling the A12 to re-establish fashion at the heart of Poplar’s local economy, creating links to LCF’s forthcoming East Bank campus, and facilitating learning and networking opportunities for our community. This brief emerged from the context of rapid urban change. In the next decade, Poplar’s population will more than double. Along this small bend in the River Lea, 8,000 homes are planned across ten separate sites. In the face of such transformation, Poplar needs cultural and economic spaces that underpin sustainable communities. The ‘market’ will deliver homes, but we also need spaces to work, learn and meet our neighbours. Fashion is the industry that can help this place to flourish. It’s a growing industry with huge potential: since 2010 the fashion sector has added over 11,000 jobs to East London’s economy, and has a GVA of over £267m in Tower Hamlets. In 2022, LCF will move to the Olympic Park, establishing a major educational opportunity 10 minutes away. Poplar Works is the start of an industrial strategy for a rapidly changing Lower Lea.
The Pineapple for future place
Winstanley & York Road Regeneration, London
Taylor Wimpey and Wandsworth Borough Council, HTA Design, LA Design, Henley Halebrown
The brief for Winstanley & York Road Regeneration is to develop an attractive new neighbourhood. Following a successful resident ballot, Wandsworth Council selected Taylor Wimpey as their JV partner. HTA has developed a masterplan for over 2,500 homes, centred around a new park, with a leisure centre, library, nursery, a medical centre, retail and commercial space. The hybrid application for the masterplan, leisure centre and 502 homes in detail was approved unanimously by the Council in January 2020. An earlier enabling phase, currently nearing completion, facilitates relocation of an existing chapel and school, reprovides 46 council homes and delivers a 20- storey tower adjacent to Clapham Junction. The masterplan has a far- reaching vision for the area to improve local residents’ quality of life and opportunities. HTA’s masterplan provides more affordable housing and a new park, which will be used by the whole community. The park is key to the placemaking of the regenerated estate with the social, cultural and economic character of the area being transformed through the new Leisure, Cultural and Community Centre, reproviding a doctor’s surgery and relocating an existing church and school within the wider masterplan area. A commitment to training and new jobs throughout the construction, process coupled with new opportunities created by office and retail spaces will advance the local community’s knowledge and skills beyond the duration of the project.
Union Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen, Aberdeen
Aberdeen City Council, LDA Design
Union Terrace Gardens is a landmark Aberdeen City Council project. Ringed by some of the City’s finest architecture, and dating back to 1878, UTG is Aberdeen’s most important green space. At times, the Gardens have been a magnet for anti- social behaviour. Dwindling footfall has affected the vibrancy of the surrounding area, which is home to shops and businesses. Improvement plans have been proposed but failed to find universal support. The council’s ambition is to create a central hub for events, new small- scale commercial activity, horticulture, art and technology within a historic park setting. Success rests on improving accessibility and connectivity to the City. Restoration will create a lively cultural quarter, making the Gardens a destination once more. As the high- profile pilot project within a transformational City Centre Masterplan, UTG is seen as a catalyst for wider regeneration, integral to another 50 projects identified within the Plan. LDA Design’s proposals focus on restoring the Victorian Gardens to create a relevant, contemporary park for Aberdeen - a green heart for the ‘granite city’ that strengthens the connection between people and place.
Brent Cross Town, London
BXS LP (Argent Related and Barnet Council)
It has been over a decade since the first plan for the redevelopment of Brent Cross Cricklewood – a 373- acre area on both sides of the North Circular – was approved by Barnet Council and the Mayor of London. In 2015 Argent Related won an OEJU bid process to form a joint venture with the Council to deliver the southern portion of the site, known as Brent Cross Town. The area earmarked for change is currently 180 acres of light industrial uses, underused green spaces and a housing estate in a poor state of repair. It has a distinctly suburban character; ringed by large roads, its public transport (Northern Line and Thameslink stations) is not easy to access, and walking and cycling are not well provided for. While Barnet as a whole is a relatively affluent borough, the level of deprivation (IMD data) in the wards immediately local to the Brent Cross Town site is higher than the Barnet average. At the heart of the development are the 40- acre playing fields, currently underused but with great potential as a dynamic centre for the new neighbourhood. With input from sporting bodies, play specialists, health professionals and landscape designers, they are being reimagined as an unrivalled hub for leisure and sports, with an emphasis on female sport, corporate health and wellness and team pursuits. In fact, this ethos of play – connection, participation and experimentation – has become the central theme of Brent Cross Town.
Mayfield Partnership (U+I, Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester and LCR), Studio Egret West, Bennetts Associates, Morris + Co
Located adjacent to Manchester’s Piccadilly train station, at 24- acres and with a central, well-connected location, Mayfield is a significant urban regeneration opportunity. Yet, previous attempts to kickstart regeneration have stumbled. In 2016, the Mayfield Partnership (regeneration specialist U+I, Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester and LCR), was formed with a new brief to ensure the long dormant site reaches its potential. The Partnership’s masterplan for Mayfield will deliver 1,500 homes, 1.6m sq ft of workspace and retail, leisure and hotel space over the next 15 years, creating more than 10,000 full time office, retail and leisure jobs. Central to the plans is the creation of the first new public park in the city centre for 100 years. In February 2020, the Partnership received planning consent for the first phase of development, including the park, 319,900 sq ft of commercial space and a multi- storey car park. The design capitalises on the site’s existing assets – the vast Mayfield depot, railway arches and the River Medlock – to create an environment for work, play and living. The new park and buildings will sit alongside a range of historic buildings that are being retained and redeveloped, helping to foster a sense of place, identify and community. While the investment in the 6.5- acre park will not generate a rapid commercial return, it is of such importance to the project that U+I took the decision to bring it forward in Phase One to ensure the new neighbourhood is formed around a public amenity offering access to greenspace, wellbeing and nature for workers, residents and visitors.
First Base, Woods Bagot, Bristol City Council
Soapworks, which consists of 165,000 sq ft of existing buildings within a 2.25- acre site, is located on the edge of Bristol city centre, close to Bristol Temple Meads station and between the city’s business district at Temple Quay and cultural quarter at Old Market. First Base acquired the freehold of the site in June 2019 and its masterplan, designed by Woods Bagot, includes high-quality workspace, new homes and social spaces; alongside the sensitive restoration of the listed warehouse. The ambitious project will deliver 140,000 sq ft of high- quality workspace, more than 2,000 new jobs and 166 new homes (with 20% of these affordable). It will also deliver Bristol’s first purpose-built ‘food hall’ with space for established restaurants, pop- ups and market stalls, as well as over 2,000 sq ft of independent retail space, all supporting Bristol’s emerging status as a global food and drink hub. An apart-hotel will boost Bristol’s emerging visitor economy, with new pedestrian and cycle links will also be established providing improved connections to the station and surrounding neighbourhoods. A vibrant new public realm will be the bond that binds the mix of uses together, with new trees and plant life, in a bid to increase urban biodiversity.
Beam Park, Rainham
Countryside and L&Q, Patel Taylor
Beam Park is the culmination of a significant collaboration between public and private sector bodies to accelerate housing delivery for two London boroughs on a large, complex and constrained brownfield site. Delivered through a 50/50 joint venture from Countryside and L&Q, Beam Park provides 3,000 homes, infrastructure and supporting amenities over 31 hectares of the former Dagenham Ford site, Rainham. 50 per cent of homes are affordable (Shared Ownership, LAR, LLR). The GLA- owned site stretches across two London boroughs; Barking and Dagenham to the west and Havering to the east. Unlike most regeneration areas, there was little existing context. The ex-industrial site had lain derelict and empty for 15 years; severed and delimited by river, road and rail infrastructure. Further site issues included ground contamination, flood risk, high- pressure gas mains and a major foul sewer. However, these constraints played a fundamental role in the placemaking strategy. The brief was outlined by the GLA in 2014; the location was described as an unprecedented opportunity to create a new urban community of 2,000- 3,000 homes with transport links to Central London. The requirement was to transform disused brownfield into an attractive, well connected, sustainable place for people to live, work and socialise. Open space forms 77% of the masterplan, 40% of which is publicly accessible. Beam Park provides a complete framework for living that includes a new rail station, shops, cafés, restaurants, workplace, leisure, community centre, medical facilities and two primary schools, one for each borough.
The Pineapple for international future place
Mahindra World City Jaipur - Social Infrastructure Zone, Jaipur, India
Mahindra Lifespace Developer Ltd, Arup, Leonard Design Architects
Mahindra World City Jaipur (MWCJ) will be Asia’s first and the world’s largest project to receive C40 Climate Positive Development Stage 2 Certification. The new development will deliver 25,000 new sustainable homes in walkable neighbourhoods, tailored to the needs of the rapidly growing city of Jaipur. Arup’s proposal places the new community at the heart of the design process. Working closely with Mahindra to understand the current workforce, we proposed ten distinct yet interlinked mixed-use communities that create an attractive and functional place to support self-sustaining residents and resilient businesses. Our proposal for ‘Communities in Landscape’ is supported by the following core principles: Each resident or visitor will be less than 5 minutes walking distance from a high- quality landscape or open space with useable and functional programming; Each community will have a plaza integrating local convenience stores and amenities which will act as its hub – a place to meet and relax – equipped with the infrastructure to support active community life; and designated routes will promote walkability and cycling among the communities to ensure that although they have distinct personalities, they are a coherent whole.
Oktyabrsky Island, Kaliningrad, Russia
Strelka KB, LDA Design
Seventy-five per cent of Russians now live in cities which grew exponentially during Soviet-era industrialisation and are now struggling with built environments unable to respond to climate breakdown and how people live today. Everywhere, major roads dominate and sever communities. The Oktyabrsky scheme demonstrates a sustainable way forward, confidently guiding the next chapter of growth. Integrating the Stadium into the fabric of the city was a clear focus, drawing life east and preventing it from falling into the trap of becoming another major sports venue that is rarely filled. The brief called for new homes for 80,000 residents. LDA Design’s landscape-led masterplan for Oktyabrsky Island promotes car-free living within a culture where car ownership is still a status symbol. It creates a distinctive new piece of city with water at its heart, drawing in the beauty of the Pregolya River, which wraps around the Island. Water taxis will replace cars, where possible; cycling and walking will be safe and easy; and life close to nature through a city-scale green infrastructure ring. The stadium itself is re- imagined within a parkland setting.
Future Energy Campus, Japan
Centre for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems, ArtEZ University of the Arts
By the mid 2020’s there will be a massive global demand for electricity boosted globally by five billion smartphones, the switch to electric vehicles, online retailing, AI, automation and climate change. Flexible low carbon electricity to replace retiring coal/natural gas capacity and complement variable solar and wind generation demands a rethink about new nuclear. The Brief to MIT and ArtEZ called for the development of a design concept to demonstrate how nuclear could be part of the energy mix in post-Fukushima Japan. This required an assessment of reactor and operational technologies in tandem with a radical approach to the masterplanning and construction of future facilities. The context for development was challenging with brownfield terrain situated between a reinforced coastline to the east, afforested ridgeline to the west and industrial sites north and south. It called for an approach to designing a scalable 24/7/365 facility that embraced safety, resilience and EmTech embodied in an architecture capable of attracting and retaining highly trained personnel over seven decades. The masterplan should facilitate all day access and shift patterns to operational, research, welfare, training and educational facilities.
The Pineapple for place in progress
Brooklands Square, Milton Keynes
Places for People
Showing placemaking at its best, Brooklands is a mixed- tenure scheme in Milton Keynes that will provide a total of 2,500 homes all supported by a raft of facilities and amenities, including schools, shops and leisure facilities as well as green spaces that emphasise biodiversity and environmental sustainability. Brooklands Square is the heart of the Brooklands development and due to be completed by September 2020. Designed with longevity in mind, this bustling mixed- use centre combines new homes, infrastructure and amenities that will allow the local community to thrive. There will be a total of 122 new homes, including one, two and three- bedroom contemporary apartments and family homes ensuring there is something to suit everyone’s lifestyle. To date, 91 per cent of homes have been completed. These homes are complemented by a new health centre and secondary school which both opened in 2018, new shops, restaurants, leisure facilities and a community centre. Construction of a new nursery– Caring Kindergarten – is also planned. Shops, restaurants and new homes are carefully grouped around a new and accessible public square providing a focal point for the local community and helping to give the wider Brooklands development a strong identity. This space is owned by Places for People for long- term custodianship and plays host to a local farmer’s market and public events attracting residents and visitors alike.
King’s Cross, London
Argent, Hermes, BT Pension Scheme, Allies and Morrison, Porphyrios Associates, Townshend Landscape Architects, London Boroughs of Camden and Islington
King’s Cross is home to 67 acres of architecture, offices, destination restaurants and retail, homes and education. The landmark development is not due to complete until 2023; however is already seen as a lively place to visit, day and night. The area’s industrial past has inspired the 50 new and 20 repurposed buildings. The public spaces between them are a mix of parks, streets, squares, and gardens, with Granary Square at its heart. These open spaces encourage social interaction through features such as fountains, long sharing benches and moveable street furniture. The year round inclusive and interactive curated events and enlivenment programme utilises these open spaces, and aims to prompt conversation and the sharing of ideas between people from different backgrounds. Already known as a foodie hotspot, King’s Cross is now established as a shopping destination. Coal Drops Yard, which opened in October 2018, has brought a new crowd to King’s Cross who are interested in the provenance of fashion and lifestyle products, sustainability and shopping more consciously. A key asset in making King’s Cross a true community is the purpose- built King’s Cross Academy, a state primary school which opened in September 2015 and is sponsored by the developer. This sits alongside Central Saint Martins, the world- renowned arts and design college and the first tenant to arrive on site in 2010. King’s Cross has over 20,000 people working in the area for companies including Google, YouTube, Havas, Camden Council, The Office Group and Universal Music. 10.7 million people visit King’s Cross every year.
Climate Innovation District, Leeds
Citu, White Arkitekter, Hawkins\Brown, Leeds City Council
The Climate Innovation District represents a pioneering new approach to delivering sustainable places in the UK. The district spans both banks of the River Aire in the east of Leeds city centre and will comprise family houses, apartments, office spaces, retail spaces, a primary school, a small care home, and a community café. The district is designed to reduce carbon emissions at every stage. Buildings are timber- framed, manufactured In Citu’s onsite factory, to reduce embodied carbon. Passivhaus principles have been used to create homes with excellent insulation, triple glazed windows and MVHR systems that require over ten times less heating than an average UK home. The place is designed to encourage the transition to zero- carbon transport. The whole development is raised by several meters to create a car-free landscape perfect for pedestrians and cyclists, free from traffic pollution. The first phase on the North Bank of the River Aire is progressing well, with around forty 4-bedroom houses completed and sold, as well as the surrounding landscaping. The creation of south- facing riverside decking and wildflower meadows along the river are transforming the district into a haven for wildlife, including the local otter. A new pedestrian bridge now connects the two banks together. Building on phase II on the south bank of the River Aire will commence later this year. The primary school, care home, apartments and community café ‘multigeneration’ building will be completed in 2022. The Climate Innovation District applies simple urban design principles to create well- connected places at a human scale that enable sustainable behaviour.
EcoWorld London, Poplar HARCA, Jan Kattein Architects
Aberfeldy Village, soon to be rebranded Oxbow, is a landmark redevelopment in East London, ten years into a 20-year timeline. In 2012 housing and community association Poplar HARCA and EcoWorld London, at the time known as Willmott Dixon Regen, formed the Aberfeldy New Village LLP joint-venture partnership (The Partnership) and gained planning permission for a widescale redevelopment. To date, the project has delivered 678 homes of all tenures, a residents’ gym and lounge, a new public park called East India Green and public art created in collaboration with the local community. A further 223 homes, a GP surgery, a community centre, café and retail units are under construction. The Partnership has ambitions to create a further 1,500- 2,000 homes alongside amenities, workspace, retail, and infrastructure improvements over the next decade. Homes are a combination of build to rent, shared ownership, private ownership and social housing, all brought together with shared amenities and public realm. An example of The Partnership’s dedication to reflect the area’s history is the meanwhile use in place on Aberfeldy Street. Prior to redevelopment, a refurbishment of the retail units includes the addition of vibrant street art reflecting the local community. As with the whole development, the personality and needs of the diverse community are given the highest priorities.
Greenford Quay, Greenford
Greystar and Tide Construction, HTA Design, London Borough of Ealing
Greenford Quay by Greystar is London’s largest purpose-built rental community and will ultimately deliver 2,118 new homes set within a new public realm overlooking the Grand Union Canal in Ealing. The first phase of the development, Tillermans, opened its doors to residents at the end of 2019, offering a range of amenities and facilities not normally associated with rental housing in the UK. Detailed planning consent for the masterplan was achieved in 2017 with Greystar’s dedicated inhouse Design Group working alongside HTA as lead consultant, masterplanner, block architect and landscape architect in collaboration with Mae, Hawkins/Brown, SLCE and Flannagan Lawrence. The masterplan comprises seven new residential buildings on the 20- acre waterfront site, which was formerly occupied by GlaxoSmithKline and the Sunblest Bakery. Tillermans contains 379 apartments (studios, one, two and three- bedroom) facing onto a public square with extensive landscaping and water features. A local supermarket and nursery have already moved into the building and the finished scheme, which includes refurbishment of the listed 1930’s GlaxoSmithKline Headquarters building, will provide a new NHS health centre, primary school, shops and restaurants that will also benefit the neighbouring community. The entire scheme, which includes 647 affordable homes, will be finished in 2023.
HBD and Capital & Centric, Mecanoo, Chapman Taylor, Manchester City Council
KAMPUS is a new £250 million neighbourhood by HBD and Capital & Centric in Manchester city centre. Once home to Manchester Metropolitan University, the site is being transformed into over 500 apartments to rent across buildings, including Victorian canal- side warehouses and the brutalist 1960s tower. Rich with history and character KAMPUS will rediscover a forgotten part of Manchester. KAMPUS will be a home for the city’s creatives and independents with two floors of independent bars, restaurants and shops. It will have a range of diverse spaces for residents and visitors to experience, including the Bungalow – a disused security cabin on stilts transformed into an event space – and Little David Street – a cobbled street closed off for decades which will be lined with café- bars and shops. Working with owner occupiers and local independents, KAMPUS will have a curated programme of seasonal events, pop ups and community initiatives that draw people into the neighbourhood. In the centre of the city but alive with nature, KAMPUS has two gardens full of trees, plants and flowers which are open to everyone. Currently under construction the first residents will move into KAMPUS later this year with the development due for completion in 2021. The development has been phased to allow temporary meanwhile uses and pop ups to start bringing life into the site. The ground floor commercial space and garden has already been used to host a Christmas market and the Bungalow is currently hosting its first pop-up restaurant.
The Pineapple for completed place
Allied London, Arriola & Fiol, Manchester City Council
This dynamic city centre quarter has become the city’s leading business destination, a legal quarter, a place to live and work as well as a place to eat, drink, shop and be entertained. Over the last decade, Spinningfields has evolved to become the home for over 165 commercial organisations. Through this it has also established itself as a cultural, retail, leisure and restaurant destination with some of the best independent bars and restaurants, including The Oast House, Artisan, Australasia, Neighbourhood, The Long Bar and Alchemist. Spinningfields also has the added attraction of various pop- up bars and restaurants as well as exciting year-round public events programme. Spinningfields’ retail and F&B offering as well as its events are so varied that it appeals to a broad range of consumers, and attracts not only those working within the many businesses on the state but also those from further afield. Allied have long endeavoured to carbon offset with creative landscaping, and this year will be launching an ’allotment’ in Spinningields. Spinningfields is also home to XYZ Work and Social, The John Rylands Library and the People’s History Museum, and is firmly established as a venue for culture and entertainment, playing host to public art pieces and an outdoor cinema.
Leeds Dock, Leeds
Allied London, Leeds City Council
In 2012 Allied London bought what was then known as Clarence Dock. We had a vision to take the existing area and re- brand, re-invest and create Leeds’ first tech, media and creative industries hub: Leeds Dock. Allied London’s placemaking strategy has established Leeds Dock as a key destination in the city for enterprise, community and culture, with a portfolio of contemporary creative workspace, complemented by independent food and drink operators, a yoga studio, a progressive gym and the Royal Armouries Museum. Leeds Dock is proud to be home of eleven digital and tech companies, as well as Sky’s Digital HQ, whose building won the 2017 British Council for Offices Award for Innovation. The creative and media community will grow as our new spaces are created, which include floating workspace boats, an events platform on the water, and a new life for the buildings with untapped potential. Plus, for those who want to take to the water, the two on- site Water Taxis transport visitors up the canal, between Leeds Dock and Granary Wharf for just £1 per ride.
Westgate Rooftop Gardens, Oxford
Westgate Oxford Alliance (Landsec and the Crown Estate), BDP, LDA Design, Oxford City Council
The original Westgate centre was built in the 1970s and Landsec consulted heavily with the local community when it bought the site in 2010. The ambition behind the new development, which opened in 2017, was to transform the reputation of Oxford as a modern retail destination. Our rooftop garden has been a significant component of the success of the development, with the range of quality garden spaces providing an inviting environment for an eclectic mix of restaurants and bars, a gym and boutique cinema. Aromatic herb borders, fruit trees and bespoke, sociable seating create an informal, welcoming space. As a result, people are dwelling longer than ever before and, despite challenging times for retail, businesses there are feeling positive. Programming public space is important to bring people together. The curation of events on the rooftop helps to animate the spaces through the seasons, day and night. They range from rooftop yoga sessions and outdoor cinemas to cookery classes and fashion shows. “Crikey! What a superb shopping centre. Everything seems to be here but the crowning glory is the rooftop terrace. How lucky is Oxford to have this?”
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