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Winners of The Pineapples 2021 awards announced

Soapworks, Television Centre, Cheney Row Park and more scoop golden pineapples at the virtual ceremony on Friday the 16 July, 2021 at the closing celebration for the Festival of Place


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2021 Pineapples Awards Ceremony
2021 Pineapples Awards Ceremony

The winners of the golden pineapples in The Pineapples 2021 awards for place, supported by the Design Council were announced on Friday, 16 July in an online awards ceremony 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 12 - 16 July, 2021.


The Pineapples celebrate the urban life of developments and places where people want to live, work and play. The nine categories include activation, community engagement, creative reuse, future place, international future place, place in progress, place of the year, public space and sustainable transport.


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 awards ceremony was hosted by Editor-in-Chief Christine Murray, joined by special guest, Chief Executive of Design Council, Minnie Moll and our very own Pineapple .


Submissions to The Pineapples were scored online by the judges using photographs, images, masterplans and supporting material. The shortlisted built projects were then visited, where possible, by judges, who assessed the quality of these places.


Special thanks to our judges for The Pineapples

Vicky Brown, MAKE Architects

Aminah Ricks, Future Planners

Blossom Young, Poplar HARCA

Magali Thomson, Great Ormond Street Hospital

Catherine Max, Catherine Max Consulting

Hazel Rounding, Shedkm

Maja Naumczyk, Falkirk Council

Pete Swift, Planit-ie

Dan Anderson, Fourth Street

Cannon Ivers, LDA Design

Sophie Thompson, LDA Design

Sarah Jones-Morris, Landsmith Associates

Elizabeth Rapoport, Homes England

Kelly Clark, Sustrans

Justin Nicholls, Fathom Architects

Julian Tollast, Quintain

Jonny McKenna, Metropolitan Workshop

Ben Adams, Ben Adams Architects

Hani Salih, Migrants Bureau

Phil Stallwood, CEG

Kapila Perera, Design Council

Will Sandy, Will Sandy Design Studio

Pamela Smith, National Trust

Martha Thorne, IE University

Christopher Arthey, Axiom Developments Limited

Dominic Spray, Hadley Property Group

Daisy Narayanan, City of Edinburgh

Elizabeth Pickett, Allied London


The winners

The Pineapple for activation



Winner: Centre of Gravity, Soapworks, Bristol

First Base

The judges were struck by how the team successfully used the building’s heritage to bring together different generations. They believed that there was a real level of consciousness towards the local community, and it was clear that the team wanted to make a difference. They liked its strong commitment to the local art scene and cultural infrastructure and thought it is clear that it is this engagement which leads everything. "The project has an impact beyond its location and has helped to build confidence and skills among the local artists and community, and although the exhibition was only a month long, its impact should be felt for much longer."

Judges: Will Sandy, Founding Director, Will Sandy Design Studio, Pamela Smith, Senior National Consultant for Garden & Parks with National Trust and Hani Salih, Co-founder, Migrant’s Bureau


Also shortlisted:

Box on the Docks, Salford

Peel Media Ltd

Mayfield, Manchester
The Mayfield Partnership

Sayer Street & Meadow, Southwark
Lendlease with Michael Grubb Studio

The Bird Box, Bromsgrove
Bromsgrove District Council and North Worcestershire Economic Development and Regeneration (NWeDR) with ONE Creative Environments

Beckenham Place Mansion, Lewisham


The Pineapple for community engagement


Winner: Soapworks, Bristol
First Base

The judges were impressed by considered balance to the engagement process at Soapworks and the commercial reality of delivering large project of huge and beneficial impact to this part of Bristol. They believe it could be a template for how to engage with the local and wider community on large scale regenerative projects with place at their heart. "An impressive and thoughtful design which pays careful attention to the needs of the community - from affordable housing, flexible small-scale retail offerings and increased public space options for our Covid reality, it’s an expansive yet sensitive project."

Judges: Aminah Ricks, Creator of Future Planners, Ben Adams, Founding Architect, Ben Adams Architects and Vicky Brown, Architect, Make Architects and chaired by Emma Maier


Also shortlisted:

Active Streets, Edinburgh

Parsons Green Parent Council with New Practice, Sustrans,

Transport for Scotland and City of Edinburgh Council

Block West, Bristol

Making Together with Knowle West residents,

We Can Make and Automated Architecture

Shaping the Heart of Nottingham Waterside, Trent Basin

Blueprint with Deetu

The Bermondsey Project, Bermondsey

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

Nicholson Quarter, Maidenhead

Areli Real Estate with JTP

The Pineapple for creative reuse



Winner: Copeland Park, Peckham

Copeland Park & Bussey Building

The judges were impressed with the incremental change brought to the building over time. They loved its ability to stay creative and adapt. "The mix of uses and its vibrancy, as well as the ambition to keep rents affordable is admirable. Amazing to have a family business running this space."

Judges: Elizabeth Peckett, Head of Asset Management, Allied London, Justin Nicholls, Founding Partner, Fathom Architects and Blossom Young, Head of Operations, Poplar HARCA


Also shortlisted:

Hatworks Creative Workspace, Luton

The Culture Trust

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 future place




Winner: Granton Waterfront, Edinburgh

City of Edinburgh Council with Collective Architecture

The judges called this "a hugely ambitious project that takes a genuine and comprehensive approach to inclusion and social equity, from its considered approach to education and lifelong learning, to the way it gives surrounding communities free access to the sea." They loved that it brought back into use something that was already there - a beautiful natural asset that is also a climate resilient integrated solution.

Judges: Magali Thomson, Project Lead for Placemaking, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Catherine Max, Health and Sustainability Consultant, Catherine Max Consulting and Julian Tollast, Head of Masterplanning and Design, Quintain




Winner: Love Wolverton, Wolverton


The judges liked how this project has been able to deliver for different ages and needs, been generous with amenities, and modelled a future way of town-centre living. The community consultation was maginative and thorough, from using wooden blocks to express viability to engaging youth with Minecraft. "The quality of the design shows honesty and respect for its surroundings with a quality of design that reflects the heritage of the place without pastiche."

Judges: Magali Thomson, Project Lead for Placemaking, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Catherine Max, Health and Sustainability Consultant, Catherine Max Consulting and Julian Tollast, Head of Masterplanning and Design, Quintain


Also shortlisted:

Better Queensway, Southend-on-Sea

Porters Place LLP: joint venture between Swan Housing

and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Blackwell Yard, Poplar

Hadley Property Group

High Path Estate, Merton

Clarion Housing Group with PRP Architects

Station Hill, Reading

Lincoln MGT with CallisonRTKL

Stratford Masterplan

Bruntwood Works and Trafford Council JV

The Pineapple for international future place


Winner: Lyon Confluence, Lyon

Bouygues Immobilier, Linkcity with David Chipperfield Architects

The judges appreciated the project’s ability to manage scale from the pedestrian to the community to the city. "There is a good mix of uses, from social housing to offices and a health centre, and a diversity of landscaped spaces, from formal plazas to informal places to private gardens, with a nice flow that should connect up from a nature and biodiversity perspective." The judges hope that over time the people who live there can define these spaces, and that its understated nature will allow the people who live there to evolve and complete this new piece of city.

Judges: Jonny McKenna, Director of Dublin Studio at Metropolitan Workshop,

Martha Thorne, Chair of IE School of Architecture and Design and Sarah Jones-Morris, Director of Landsmith Associations

Also shortlisted:

Growth, Baghdad

Tamayouz Excellence Award - Dewan Award for Architecture

with ONE Creative Environments

The Depot, Bucharest

KAP Studios




The Pineapple for place in progress




Winner: Climate Innovation District, Leeds
Citu Group Developments Ltd

The judges admired how purpose drove every decision at the innovation district, with climate and community at the centre of their work. "The Climate Innovation District is setting the pace on sustainable and healthy development, and proving that sustainability can, and should, be beautiful. We applaud Citu for changing the ways communities live while providing a low carbon and attractive environment"

Judges: Pete Swift, Founding Director, Planet IE, Maja Naumczyk, Community Partnership Officer, Falkirk Council and Phil Stallwood, Development Manager, CEG



Also shortlisted:


Barking Riverside, Barking and Dagenham

Barking Riverside Limited

Circus Street, Brighton

U+I with shedkm

New Islington, Manchester

House by Urban Splash

Sighthill Transformation Regeneration Masterplan, Glasgow

Glasgow City Council and Keepmoat Homes Scotland

with LDA Design

The Old Vinyl Factory, Hayes



The Pineapple for place of the year




Winner: Television Centre, White City

Stanhope, Mitsui Fudosan, AIMCo, BBC Studioworks with Allford Hall Monaghan Morris


The judges called this project "a truly rounded delivery of re-invention of perception, retained iconic identity and creation of vibrancy whist also setting up wider demographic connections." They loved how the project preserves and makes accessible an important piece of the UK’s cultural history giving it a relevance and flexibility when faced with changing expectations and opportunities. "The setting and mix of uses provides an important counterpoint and respite to the adjacent commercial activity and seamlessly fuses new and old providing a great setting for cultural events and living, enhancing and linking to its surroundings." Judges: Christopher Arthey, Planning & Development Manager, Axiom Developments, Hazel Rounding, Managing Director, shedkm and Dominic Spray, Design Director & Architect, Hadley Property Group



Also shortlisted:


West Green Place, Haringey

Pocket Living with HTA Design

Ram Quarter, Wandsworth

Greenland UK with EPR Architects

MediaCity UK, Salford

Peel Media: Peel L&P and Legal & General Capital



The Pineapple for public space




Winner: Cheney Row Park, Waltham Forest

London Borough of Waltham Forest with We Made That


The judges saw this project as a paradigm shift in the creation of public spaces through the inclusion of design and landscape elements that were open ended, allowing the community to evolve and interpret the park and its spaces. They loved its imaginative and creative nature, and it was good to see a broad mix using the playground. "The environmentally sensitive design and the creative incorporation of site remediation works to create a playable landscape was really amazing. The environmental and social agendas can sometimes be at odds, but this project also brought them together"

Judges: Dan Anderson, Co-Founder and Director, Fourth Street, Elizabeth Rapoport, Head of Strategy, Homes England and Cannon Ivers, Director, LDA Design




Winner: West Gorton Community Park, Manchester

Manchester City Council with BDP


The judges were impressed with its social contribution to the wider place as well as the incorporation of biodiversity, SUDS and flood remediation works. They loved the fact that data was being collected for research that will be shared. "Creating a lovely place is one thing, but learning lessons to improve other public spaces really stands out. It also makes SUDS fun. The social and the environmental are hand-in-hand which is essential in tackling the climate emergency"

Judges: Dan Anderson, Co-Founder and Director, Fourth Street, Elizabeth Rapoport, Head of Strategy, Homes England and Cannon Ivers, Director, LDA Design


Also shortlisted:

Ambrose Walk Community Garden, Tower Hamlets

Malmesbury Residents Association and

Tower Hamlets Homes withWilder Communities

Christchurch Gardens, Westminster

City of Westminster and Victoria BID

with ReardonSmith Landscape

Chelsea Barracks, Westminster

Qatari Diar Development Company

with Squire & Partners

Higham Hill Theatre, Waltham Forest

Create and London Borough of Waltham Forest

with vPPR Architects

The Pineapple for sustainable transport




Winner: Connecting Leeds COVID Response, Leeds

Leeds City Council with Commonplace


The judges were impressed with the scale and ambition to make Leeds a city in which you don’t need a car. "The project has made a promising start and is going about this transformation in the right ways, implementing test projects and through extensive community consultation. It would be good to see more in-person events when possible, but the scale and holistic approach to encouraging a shift to active travel coupled with investment in significant infrastructure made this an exciting project"

Judges: Kapila Perera, Policy, Impact and Communications, Design Council, Daisy Narayanan, Senior Manager of Placemaking and Mobility, City of Edinburgh Council and Kelly Clark, Head of NCN, London



Also shortlisted:


CYCLE42, Merton

Hadley Property Group

West Gorton Community Park, Manchester

Manchester City Council with BDP

Northbank Low Emission Neighbourhood, Westminster

The Northbank BID



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