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Creative reuse: Shortlist for The Pineapples awards 2021

Five Creative Reuse projects are up for a golden pineapple and will be presented live in front of an audience and the judging panel at The Pineapples awards for place, 12-16 July 

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Brixton Windmill. Photo: Jack Hobhouse
Brixton Windmill. Photo: Jack Hobhouse

The first shortlists have been announced for The Pineapples 2021 awards, including the five projects vying for a golden pineapple for Creative Reuse.

 

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

 

Previous winners of the pineapples include Argent, U+I, Walthamstow Council, Urban Splash, Places for People, Wandsworth, Poplar HARCA, St George’s City, Capital & Centric and Allied London.

 

Shortlist for The Pineapples 2021 – Creative Reuse


Hatworks Creative Workspace – Luton
Hatworks Creative Workspace – Luton

The Culture Trust

A building that once acted as an unwelcome reminder of industrial decline, having last been occupied in 2006 as a Hat Factory in Luton has been transformed it into a cultural hotspot for young entrepreneurs to showcase their work, to study and take up space together

 

 


Copeland Park – Peckham
Copeland Park – Peckham

Copeland Park & Bussey Building

This reuse project offers a wide variety of mixed-use spaces for creative and cultural events including a gallery, a warehouse and rooftops. Acting as Peckham’s cultural quarter, it provides countless events, and is a hub for a supportive network of creatives

 

 


Brixton Windmill – Brixton
Brixton Windmill – Brixton

Lambeth Council with Squire & Partners

Brixton Windmill, the last working windmill in London, works to preserve the heritage of this 200-year-old structure, whilst also ensuring usage by future generations in providing flexible space to be used by the wider community

 

 


Roof East – Stratford
Roof East – Stratford

Urban Space Management and London Borough of Newham

This multi-storey car park situated in the middle of Stratford Centre is now a thriving park and cultural hotspot with an open-air cinema, street food and a bar

 

 


The Old Vinyl Factory – Hayes
The Old Vinyl Factory – Hayes

U+I

This derelict 17-acre ex-EMI factory site has become a cultural hub featuring over 700 homes, 550,000 sq ft of offices, an innovation hub, an academy school, along with shops, cafes and a health centre

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