National Urban Design Awards 2014: Winners

The Urban Design Group’s National Urban Design Awards 2014 were presented on 12 February at the Victory Services Club in Central London.

Hosted by Amanda Reynolds, the evening showcased some great examples of urban design work produced throughout the UK over the past 12 months.

Awards were presented in six categories by Janet Tibbalds on the behalf of the Francis Tibbalds Trust.  In addition to the well-established Practice, Public Sector, Student, Book and Lifetime Achievement Awards, a brand new Developer Award was introduced to recognise developers who are working to create better, more sustainable places.

The winners in the Practice, Public Sector, Developer and Student Award categories were selected by a vote of the Urban Design Group membership.

The event was generously sponsored by the publisher Routledge and Allies & Morrison, with founding Partner Graham Morrison giving a keynote address. 



  • Urban Initiatives Studio - Middlehaven Development Framework


  • URBED - Icknield Port Loop
  • John Thompson & Partners - Chilmington Green
  • AREA - An Camas Mòr, Rothiemurchus



  • Bristol City Council - Know Your Place: A participatory approach to place-making

George Ferguson commented on Bristol City Council Winning the Public Sector Award

‘This is a great endorsement for the high quality of the Bristol City Design Group.  Bristol is a place where we celebrate and champion the diversity of our population and every individual, organisation, business and community is encouraged to play an active role in the life of the city.

The participatory approach to placemaking that Know Your Place promotes is helping to enable citizens and communities to have real influence over what happens in their neighbourhood.

Through tools like these we are helping to strengthen support for the work of voluntary and community organisations in the city, making sure we focus on achieving the city’s objectives.

Know Your Place enables developers and their design teams to gain a better understanding of Bristol. Our communities value their neighbourhoods and historic built environment.  Know Your Place aims to enable and inspire great design across the city.’ 

George Ferguson

Mayor of Bristol


  • Barking & Dagenham Borough Council - Short Blue Place: A public space to link new developments
  • Bolsover District Council / Chesterfield, Borough Council / North East Derbyshire District Council / Bassetlaw District Council - A joint approach to Residential Design Guidelines
  • Conwy County Borough Council - Porth Eirias: A scheme combining regeneration and coastal defence



  • Barratt London - Maple Quays (Canada Water, London)


  • Blueprint Regeneration - Green Street in the Meadows (Nottingham) 
  • Linden Homes - Boxgrove (Guildford)


  • Torre Marine, Torquay -  Barratt & David Wilson Homes
  • Plot Q, Leith Harbour -  Barratt Eastern Scotland
  • Derwenthorpe, York - Barratt
  • Edenbrook, Hampshire  - Berkeley Homes
  • Graylingwell Park, Chichester - Linden Homes



  • Designing Incentives for Health Lifestyles, Elswick Ward Newcastle upon Tyne: Promoting food access, physical activity and social interaction through design- Sarah Cawrse (Newcastle University)                    


  • Designing ordinary, everyday marketplaces: An alternative regeneration approach for Wushan (Cixi, China) - Shen Gaojie (Cardiff University)
  • Rethinking the High Street,Swansea - Akolade Akiyode (Cardiff University) (video not yet available)
  • New Home - Critical Learning from Chinese Work Unit: From Urban Design to Social Sustainability  - Tong Shu, (Cardiff University)



  • Masterplanning Futures - Lucy Bullivant (Routledge / Taylor & Francis)

The panel of reviewers praised the book as “forward looking, design focused and exploratory....whilst emphasising the informal and social dynamics, Masterplanning Futures celebrates the struggle for innovative form”.

Highly Commended Finalist

  • The Urban Masterplanning Handbook- Eric Firley & Katharina Groen (Wiley)


  • New Urbanism: Life, Work, and Space in the New Downtown - Ilse Helbrecht & Peter Dirksmeier (Ashgate)
  • The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design - Lance Hosey (Island Press)
  • Designing Suburban Futures: New Models from Build a Better Burb - June Williamson (Island Press)
  • The Street: A Quintessential Social Public Space - Vikas Mehta (Routledge / Taylor & Francis)
  • Urban Design Ecologies: AD Reader - Brian McGrath (Wiley)
  • New Urbanism: Life, Work, and Space in the New Downtown - Alexander Garvin (W.W Norton)


The Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014was presented to Prof John Punter in recognition of his major contribution to the development of our understanding of design quality, through his years of tireless research around the globe on planning, design and regeneration. He has worked in universities in Canada, Australia, England, Scotland and, significantly, in Wales at Cardiff University where he has played a central role in the team behind the highly successful MA Urban Design. In so doing he has inspired a generation of urban designers who will serve society in 21st century.

John Punter will deliver the UDG’s high profile Kevin Lynch Memorial Lecture in the autumn.

Congratulations are extended to all the winners and the finalists, as well as a huge thank you to all who attended and took part in the event.