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Winners of The Pineapples 2020 awards announced

King’s Cross, North Cator Park, Leeds Dock and more scoop golden pineapples at the virtual ceremony on Friday the 13 November, 2020 at the closing celebration for the Festival of Place


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Robert Evans, Partner, Argent, reaches out to accept a golden pineapple for Kings Cross
Robert Evans, Partner, Argent, reaches out to accept a golden pineapple for Kings Cross

The winners of golden pineapples in The Pineapples 2020 awards for place, supported by the Design Council were announced on Friday, 13 November in an unconventional ceremony held online at the close of the Festival of Place.


All the shortlisted projects for The Pineapples were presenting to the judges and streamed as part of the programme of the Festival of Place, which ran online from 2 - 13 November, 2020. The winners of the golden pineapples were be announced on 13 November at 3:30pm.


The shortlisted built projects were visited, where possible, by the judges, who assessed 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 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 unique ceremony included a cocktail mixing lesson with award-winning mixologist Carlos Londono, owner of Cafe Pacifico in Covent Garden, who discussed the challenges facing hospitality venues during lockdown.


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 winners

The Pineapple for contribution to place



Winner: North Cator Park, Old Post Office Ln, London

Berkeley Homes East Thames, HTA Design, Royal Borough of Greenwich

The judges were inspired by the inclusivity of the park, which catered to all ages, as well as the variety of its spaces catering to different tastes, and remarked on the park’s gift to the wider community.




Winner: Poplar Works, London
Poplar HARCA, Adams and Sutherland, Greater London Authority, London Borough of Tower Hamlets

The judges praised this project as working on every level. They liked how the project was rooted in the community and sought to support economic activity that was already there, without reinventing the year. The resilience of the project during Covid was also a positive.


Also shortlisted:

Support for Jack Tizard School, White City Place, London

Stanhope, Mitsui Fudosan, Aimco, Savills

Royal Wharf Pier, Royal Docks, London
Ballymore, Nex––, London Borough of Newham

The Drumsheds, Meridian Water, London
London Borough of Enfield

Mayfield, Manchester
Mayfield Partnership (U+I, Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester, LCR)


The Pineapple for future place



Winner: Mayfield, Manchester

Mayfield Partnership (U+I, Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester and LCR), Studio Egret West, Bennetts Associates, Morris + Co

The judges loved the emphasis on place, and felt the buildings were appropriately treated as backdrop. The project had a sense of fun, and the fact that the park would be delivered first was considered a strong positive statement of intent.


Also shortisted:


Winstanley & York Road Regeneration, London

Taylor Wimpey and Wandsworth Borough Council, HTA Design, LA Design, Henley Halebrown

Beam Park, Rainham

Countryside and L&Q, Patel Taylor

Soapworks, Bristol

First Base, Woods Bagot, Bristol City Council

Brent Cross Town, London

BXS LP (Argent Related and Barnet Council)

Union Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen, Aberdeen

Aberdeen City Council, LDA Design




The Pineapple for international future place




Winner: Oktyabrsky Island, Kaliningrad, Russia

Strelka KB, LDA Design

The judges liked how this project connected into the wider city and had a well thought-through plan. They also appreciated that this masterplan didn’t shy away from the challenges of the site, in particular, the extra-large stadium.


Also shortlisted:


Mahindra World City Jaipur - Social Infrastructure Zone, Jaipur, India

Mahindra Lifespace Developer Ltd, Arup, Leonard Design Architects

Future Energy Campus, Japan

Centre for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems, ArtEZ University of the Arts



The Pineapple for place in progress




Winner: King’s Cross, London
Argent, Hermes, BT Pension Scheme, Allies and Morrison, Porphyrios Associates, Townshend Landscape Architects, London Boroughs of Camden and Islington

The judges described this project as quite simply, world class, raising the bar for quality and mix of use. They were inspired by the way the place continues to evolve and its strong sense of place. Hearing about the developer’s involvement in the local school and lockdown outreach was also interesting.




Winner: KAMPUS, Manchester

HBD and Capital & Centric, Mecanoo, Chapman Taylor, Manchester City Council

The judges were impressed with this landscape-led project and how previously closed-off areas have been reopened to the public. The fact that this new place feels of Manchester was noted, as well as the human scale of its nooks and alleyways. The reuse of the existing security block is playful and creative.


Also shortlisted:


Climate Innovation District, Leeds

Citu, White Arkitekter, Hawkins\Brown, Leeds City Council

Aberfeldy, Poplar

EcoWorld London, Poplar HARCA, Jan Kattein Architects

Brooklands Square, Milton Keynes

Places for People

Greenford Quay, Greenford

Greystar and Tide Construction, HTA Design, London Borough of Ealing


The Pineapple for completed place




Winner: Leeds Dock, Leeds

Allied London, Leeds City Council

The judges were impressed with how this formerly failing place has been turned around through clever interventions on the ground floors and with happenings, such as the £1 water taxi. They liked how this place was now enabling a new relationship to the water in the wider neighbourhood.


Also shortlisted:

Spinningfields, Manchester

Allied London, Arriola & Fiol, Manchester City Council

Westgate Rooftop Gardens, Oxford

Westgate Oxford Alliance (Landsec and the Crown Estate), BDP, LDA Design, Oxford City Council



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