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Shortlist for The Pineapples awards announced

Judges will visit the built projects and shortlisted schemes will be presented on stage at the Festival of Place on 9 July, with winners announced at a cocktail party that evening at Tobacco Dock, London


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The Italian Gardens in Weston-super-Mare
The Italian Gardens in Weston-super-Mare

The shortlist has been announced for the inaugural Pineapples awards for place, as fresh pineapples were delivered to the offices of successful entrants across the UK to celebrate their success. This week, the shortlisted built projects will be visited by the judges, who will be assessing the quality of these places using methodology by the Gehl Institute.


The Pineapples, sponsored by the Design Council, celebrate the urban life of developments and places where people want to live, work and play. The four categories include completed place, place in progress, contribution to place for individual buildings and meanwhiles, and future place, for masterplans.


The awards are unique because all shortlisted built projects are visited by the judges, as well as presented to a live audience of delegates at the Festival of Place.


The Festival of Place is a one-day event that transforms Tobacco Dock in east London into an HQ for makers of place, bringing together speakers and delegates from across the built environment who care about building cities that thrive.


The awards are also unique in requiring completed projects to be in use for a minimum of two years before being assessed, supporting the importance of post-occupancy evaluation in the built environment.


The judges include:


Yolande Barnes, chair, Bartlett Real Estate Institute, UCL

Martin Reeves, chief executive, Coventry City Council

Roisin Willmott, director of Wales and Northern Ireland, Royal Town Planning Institute

Akeel Malik, fund manager, Urban Splash Residential Fund

Brian Ham, executive director – development, Home Group

Peter Martin, group director – development, Sanctuary Group

Kate Martin, director of city housing, City of Wolverhampton Council

Sue Morgan, director of architecture and the built environment, Design Council

Ben Adams, founding director, Ben Adams Architects

Piers Taylor, founder, Invisible Studio Architects


The judges will make their final deliberations at the festival and winners of The Pineapples will be announced at the cocktail party at the close of the Festival of Place.


The Design Council says, “We are proud to sponsor the Festival of Place and the Pineapple Awards, which will be the summer’s leading event in the built environment calendar. 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.”


Projects shortlisted for The Pineapples

The Pineapples for place in progress
Battersea Power Station, London, Battersea Power Station Development Company
Blackwall Reach, London, Swan Housing Association, London Borough of Tower Hamlets and Greater London Authority
Broadgate, London, British Land, arup
King’s Cross, London, Argent
London Dock, London, St George City, Patel Taylor
Park Hill, Sheffield, Urban Splash and Places for People, CUBED
Smith’s Dock, North Shields, Urban Splash and Places for People, CUBED
Wembley Park, London, Quintain


The Pineapples for completed place
Balham Town Centre, London, Wandsworth Borough Council, Metropolitan Workshop
London Wall Place, London, Brookfield Properties and Oxford Properties, Make Architects
One Tower Bridge, London, Berkeley Homes and London Borough of Southwark, Squire & Partners
Italian Gardens, Weston-super-Mare, West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, BDP


The Pineapples for future place
8 Albert Embankment, London, U+I, Pilbrow & Partners
Culture Mile, London, City of London
Inner North West Masterplan, Belfast, Belfast City Council
Kirkstall Forge, Leeds, CEG
Oakfield, Swindon, Nationwide, Metropolitan Workshop
Port Loop, Birmingham, Urban Splash and Places for People
Temple, Leeds, CEG
The Chocolate Factory, London, Haringey Council, Barton Willmore
West End Project, London, London Borough of Camden, LDA Design
Wickside, London, McGrath

The Pineapples for contribution to place

Merchant Square Footbridge, London, European Land & Property, Knight Architects
Revealing the Charterhouse, London, The Charterhouse, Eric Parry Architects
Television Centre, London, Stanhope, Mitsui Fudosan, AIMCo and BBC Studioworks, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
The Department Store, London, Squire & Partners
Waltham Forest Walking and Cycling, London, London Borough of Waltham Forest, Commonplace Digital


For more information about The Pineapples awards for place, visit


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The fountains at Broadgate in London
The fountains at Broadgate in London
Park Hill in Sheffield
Park Hill in Sheffield
One Tower Bridge in London
One Tower Bridge in London
Kirkstall Forge in Leeds
Kirkstall Forge in Leeds
Wickside in east London
Wickside in east London
The Department Store in Brixton
The Department Store in Brixton
The gardens at Television Centre, White City, London
The gardens at Television Centre, White City, London

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