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The Pineapples 2021 awards open for entries

The categories and programme for the 2021 Pineapples has been announced, including five new categories and an amazing early bird rate for entries


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Shortlisted projects for The Pineapples will present at the Festival in July
Shortlisted projects for The Pineapples will present at the Festival in July

The only awards that celebrate the best in making places where people thrive, The Pineapples awards are back for 2021 with five new categories and a exciting programme.


Launched in 2019 by The Developer in partnership with the Design Council, 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.


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.


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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.


Five new categories to celebrate excellence in five specific areas: Community Engagement, Creative Reuse, Public Space, Activation and Sustainable Transport


Information about all The Pineapples categories and entry details can be found here as well as entry prices. The early bird discount ends 27 April, while the deadline for all entries is 25 May. The shortlisted projects will be presented during the Festival of Place: The Pineapples, 12-16 July.


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.


Supported by the Design Council, the 2020 winners were announced on 13 November in an unconventional ceremony co-hosted by a pineapple and held online at the close of the Festival of Place and included Argent’s King’s Cross Central for Place in Progress, Kampus


All the shortlisted projects for The Pineapples were presented to the judges and streamed as part of the programme of the Festival of Place, which ran online from 2 - 13 November, 2020.


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.”



The unique ceremony included a cocktail mixing lesson with award-winning mixologist Carlos Londono, owner of Cafe Pacifico in Covent Garden, who discussed the challenges facing hospitality venues during lockdown.


Last year’s judges for The Pineapples included Julian Tollast, Head of Masterplanning, Quintain; Jonny McKenna, Director - Dublin, Metropolitan Workshop; Frances Gannon, Partner, MAKE Architects; Federica Buricco, Associate, CRTKL; Emily Gee, London Planning Director, Historic England; Catherine Dewar, Regional Director North West, Historic England; Ben Adams, Founding Director, Ben Adams Architects; Aisling Ramshaw, Head of Sales and Marketing (Kirkstall Forge & Temple) CEG; Tom Perry, Design Council; Olaide Oboh, Head of partnerships, First Base; Sophie Thompson, Director, LDA Design; Sarah Jones-Morris, Director, Landsmith Associates; Sam White, Director, Knight Architects; Murray Levinson, Partner, Squire & Partners; Mike Saunders, CEO and Co-Founder, Commonplace; Justin Nicholls, Founding Partner, Fathom Architects.



2020 winners

The Pineapple for contribution to place



Winner: North Cator Park, Old Post Office Ln, London

Berkeley Homes East Thames, HTA Design, Royal Borough of Greenwich

The judges were inspired by the inclusivity of the park, which catered to all ages, as well as the variety of its spaces catering to different tastes, and remarked on the park’s gift to the wider community.




Winner: Poplar Works, London
Poplar HARCA, Adams and Sutherland, Greater London Authority, London Borough of Tower Hamlets

The judges praised this project as working on every level. They liked how the project was rooted in the community and sought to support economic activity that was already there, without reinventing the year. The resilience of the project during Covid was also a positive.


Also shortlisted:

Support for Jack Tizard School, White City Place, London

Stanhope, Mitsui Fudosan, Aimco, Savills

Royal Wharf Pier, Royal Docks, London
Ballymore, Nex––, London Borough of Newham

The Drumsheds, Meridian Water, London
London Borough of Enfield

Mayfield, Manchester
Mayfield Partnership (U+I, Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester, LCR)


The Pineapple for future place



Winner: Mayfield, Manchester

Mayfield Partnership (U+I, Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester and LCR), Studio Egret West, Bennetts Associates, Morris + Co

The judges loved the emphasis on place, and felt the buildings were appropriately treated as backdrop. The project had a sense of fun, and the fact that the park would be delivered first was considered a strong positive statement of intent.


Also shortisted:


Winstanley & York Road Regeneration, London

Taylor Wimpey and Wandsworth Borough Council, HTA Design, LA Design, Henley Halebrown

Beam Park, Rainham

Countryside and L&Q, Patel Taylor

Soapworks, Bristol

First Base, Woods Bagot, Bristol City Council

Brent Cross Town, London

BXS LP (Argent Related and Barnet Council)

Union Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen, Aberdeen

Aberdeen City Council, LDA Design




The Pineapple for international future place




Winner: Oktyabrsky Island, Kaliningrad, Russia

Strelka KB, LDA Design

The judges liked how this project connected into the wider city and had a well thought-through plan. They also appreciated that this masterplan didn’t shy away from the challenges of the site, in particular, the extra-large stadium.


Also shortlisted:


Mahindra World City Jaipur - Social Infrastructure Zone, Jaipur, India

Mahindra Lifespace Developer Ltd, Arup, Leonard Design Architects

Future Energy Campus, Japan

Centre for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems, ArtEZ University of the Arts



The Pineapple for place in progress




Winner: King’s Cross, London
Argent, Hermes, BT Pension Scheme, Allies and Morrison, Porphyrios Associates, Townshend Landscape Architects, London Boroughs of Camden and Islington

The judges described this project as quite simply, world class, raising the bar for quality and mix of use. They were inspired by the way the place continues to evolve and its strong sense of place. Hearing about the developer’s involvement in the local school and lockdown outreach was also interesting.




Winner: KAMPUS, Manchester

HBD and Capital & Centric, Mecanoo, Chapman Taylor, Manchester City Council

The judges were impressed with this landscape-led project and how previously closed-off areas have been reopened to the public. The fact that this new place feels of Manchester was noted, as well as the human scale of its nooks and alleyways. The reuse of the existing security block is playful and creative.


Also shortlisted:


Climate Innovation District, Leeds

Citu, White Arkitekter, Hawkins\Brown, Leeds City Council

Aberfeldy, Poplar

EcoWorld London, Poplar HARCA, Jan Kattein Architects

Brooklands Square, Milton Keynes

Places for People

Greenford Quay, Greenford

Greystar and Tide Construction, HTA Design, London Borough of Ealing


The Pineapple for completed place




Winner: Leeds Dock, Leeds

Allied London, Leeds City Council

The judges were impressed with how this formerly failing place has been turned around through clever interventions on the ground floors and with happenings, such as the £1 water taxi. They liked how this place was now enabling a new relationship to the water in the wider neighbourhood.


Also shortlisted:

Spinningfields, Manchester

Allied London, Arriola & Fiol, Manchester City Council

Westgate Rooftop Gardens, Oxford

Westgate Oxford Alliance (Landsec and the Crown Estate), BDP, LDA Design, Oxford City Council



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