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Public Space: Shortlist for The Pineapples awards 2021

Six Public Space projects are up for a golden pineapple. The projects will be presented live in front of the judging panel at Festival of Place: The Pineapples, 12-16 July, 2021

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Cheney Row Park
Cheney Row Park

The first shortlists have been announced for The Pineapples 2021 awards, including the six projects vying for a golden pineapple for Public Space.

 

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 – Public Space


West Gorton Community Park - Manchester
West Gorton Community Park - Manchester

Manchester City Council with BDP

This new community park in Manchester, is the first UK demonstrator project for the GrowGreen initiative. Its data and management of the flow of rainwater into sustainable urban drainage systems, will be influential in the design of other green spaces in flood prone areas across Europe

 

 


Ambrose Walk Community Garden - London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Ambrose Walk Community Garden - London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Malmesbury Residents Association and Tower Hamlets Homes with Wilder Communities

This community garden in East London has been reinvented from being a derelict mass of tarmac in the centre of social housing, to now being a greener space for children to play, locals to come together and has been invaluable throughout the pandemic. Inspired by the agricultural roots of its Bangladeshi community, it also has a planting scheme focusing on edible plants and bringing the local community together

 

 


Christchurch Gardens - London Borough of Westminster
Christchurch Gardens - London Borough of Westminster

City of Westminster and Victoria BID with ReardonSmith Landscape

This green space reopened to the public in September 2020, but has a long history dating back to the 13th Century, as a former burial ground near Westminster Abbey, to being bombed in WW2 and was transformed into a public park in the 1950s. Despite its challenges, it’s become a welcoming space for people to explore, enjoy and learn

 

 


Chelsea Barracks - London Borough of Westminster
Chelsea Barracks - London Borough of Westminster

Qatari Diar Development Company with Squire & Partners

This unique garden dedicates a series of residential buildings as part of a 12.8-acre masterplan in Belgravia, with aims to improve the environment for locals, businesses and the wider community. With 40% (5 acres) of its site dedicated to Belgravia Square Garden, the garden highlights historic views through the site

 

 


Higham Hill Theatre – London Borough of Waltham Forest
Higham Hill Theatre – London Borough of Waltham Forest

Create and London Borough of Waltham Forest with vPPR Architects

This project transformed a neglected plot of land behind a café and transformed it into a community amphitheatre surrounded by greenery at the edge of the community playground, adding life to the wider community. Its earthy tones represent its connections to the soil and the wider park

 

 


Cheney Row Park – Waltham Forest
Cheney Row Park – Waltham Forest

London Borough of Waltham Forest with We Made That

This public space has been transformed from a former landfill site to a new space with woodland area of 467 new trees planted in the park, a BMX track and a bespoke and proprietary play kit used by children of all ages. This reinvention of the space has added to the play and enjoyment of the community

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