Four major mixed-use places are up for a golden pineapple for Place of the Year and will be presented live in front of an audience and the judging panel at The Pineapples awards for place, 12-16 July
The first shortlists have been announced for The Pineapples 2021 awards, including the four projects vying for a golden pineapple for Place of the Year.
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
Pocket Living with HTA Design
West Green Place is the regeneration of what was council-owned brownfield land into a new residential street that re-provides community uses, opens a new access to Downhills Park and completes the existing Victorian street pattern that surrounds the site. 126 homes are organised along a new tree lined street with a generous public realm and entrance square forming the main point of arrival from the north. At the southern end the site opens up to reveal residents raised planters used as allotments and an orchard
Stanhope, Mitsui Fudosan, AIMCo, BBC Studioworks with Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Since opening in 2018, Television Centre has opened to the public while continuing to be a place of work, with the BBC still making programmes within the refurbished studios. The development’s external spaces have become the backdrop for some of the nation’s most-watched and loved television shows, including Strictly Come Dancing and Top Gear. Shows are now undertaken in the open-air, overlooked by residential apartments and watched by the general public
Greenland UK with EPR Architects
The former Young’s brewery site has been transformed into a new residential quarter that celebrates the strong heritage of the brewery buildings whilst creating a vibrant new heart in Wandsworth town centre. The masterplan, which was conceived as a series of high-quality, inter-linked urban spaces with new pedestrian links, provides access to the River Wandle and improves connections with the surrounding neighbourhoods
Peel Media: Peel L&P and Legal & General Capital
It’s been 10 years since the first TV show was broadcast from MediaCityUK. In a decade it has evolved from a cluster of mixed-use buildings and being synonymous with broadcasting to a vibrant community where people live, work, study and spend their leisure time. Today, 8,000 people work within creative, digital and tech jobs at MediaCityUK and within the thriving 200 strong SME community