National Urban Design Awards 2021 | Frameworks + Masterplans

This Award is for Urban Design Frameworks and Masterplans for projects that have been created within the last three years, and are as yet unbuilt, or only partially built. 

Open to all practices, community and other organisations, local authorities, branches of government.

Built projects are eligible for the People Friendly Place Award

We are looking forward to receiving projects that:

  • are people friendly
  • reflect current best practice guidance on technical design (eg highways, drainage)
  • reflect current best practice guidance on wider design issues such as context, identity, movement, resources etc
  • would help local councils meet legal duties such as climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the 2050 net zero carbon emission target

DEADLINE: extended to 23 July 2021


Entry Process


Please complete the entry form below.


Masterplan and supporting images: please submit a PDF of masterplan (maximum file size 20Mb) and a single PDF of up to 4 images with short descriptions (maximum files size 5Mb) via  

  • Name each file with the PROJECT TITLE exactly as entered on your entry form followed by 'masterplan' or 'images' eg: PROJECT TITLE masterplan
  • Upload the file onto We-transfer
  • Send the download link to

DO NOT include your name or identifying details on the PDF of masterplan or images. This is so that the awards can be judged impartially - your contact details are collected separately in the entry form below.


Please make sure that all images submitted are your copyright or have permission to be published by the Urban Design Group across all platforms and in the URBAN DESIGN journal.

You can download entry criteria here 
If you have any problems with the online application form please contact

IMPORTANT: please make sure you check your word count as the submission form will not limit you but we will cut your answers to the specified length when we download.


Payment of entry fees


Payment if required can be made via the UDG website using option 2 to specify the amount. Please forward receipt with PROJECT TITLE in the header bar to

£60 UDG Registered Practices
£120 Non UDG Members

FREE TO  Local Authorities, Government Departments | Community Organisations


Entry Form

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The following filter questions are designed to let you know whether your project is likely to be considered for an award. Here is what we will be looking for:

Q1 People Friendly: ideally less than half of your answers should be a NO
Q2 Technical Design: ideally less than half of your answers should be a NO
Q3 Design Quality: ideally less than 2 of your answers should be a NO
Q4 Legal Duties: we expect your answer to be YES 

Our entry has been adapted to meet the needs of:
YesNoNot Relevant
People who cannot or do not wish to own and use a car *
Young children, infants and their parents/carers *
Primary schoolers *
Teenagers *
Blind people *
Mobility impaired *
Elderly people *
Women *
People of different ethnicities *
People of limited income *
Our entry enables best practice technical design in the following areas:
YesNoNot Relevant
Drainage/SuDS: eg CIRIA SuDS Manual *
Landscape & Trees: eg Trees and Design Action Group Trees in Hard Landscapes *
Movement & Access & Street Design: eg Manual for Streets, LTN 01/20 Cycle Infrastructure Design, etc *
Lighting: functional, attractive and avoids light pollution *
Waste Management: systems that avoid obstruction of footways *
Water Supply / Water Sensitive Urban Design: conservation and recycling systems *
Sewerage: separate drainage and sewerage systems. No combined systems *
Utilities: combined utilities ducts and tunnels *
Our entry reflects established principles of well-designed places:
YesNoNot Relevant
Context: enhances the surroundings *
Identity: attractive and distinctive *
Built Form: a coherent pattern of development *
Movement: accessible and easy to move around *
Nature: enhanced and optimised *
Public Spaces: safe, social and inclusive *
Uses: mixed and integrated *
Homes and Buildings: functional, healthy and sustainable *
Resources: efficient and resilient *
Lifespan: made to last *
Please indicate whether your answers to filter questions Q1, Q2, Q3 and Q4 meet the threshold:
If your project does not meet these criteria but you feel that it is exceptional in other respects then please make a case for it below in no more than 150 words:
Please make sure you name uploaded PDFs of masterplan and images with the same title.
Please give a very short description of your project in no more than 25 words:
Please indicate the size of your project:
Please list the project team:
What is special about the place, its people and economy. How do the proposals respond to it? Please describe in no more than 300 words:
Please describe the vision / design concept in no more than 300 words:
Please outline evidence of the proposal's impact eg how it supports active lifestyles, how it achieves net zero carbon, how it adapts to climate change, how it creates jobs, how it is inclusive, how it will enable the objectives set out in the statutory duties and design guidance to be met. Please describe in no more than 300 words:
How will the quality of development envisaged in the framework/masterplan be protected and delivered? Please describe in no more than 300 words:
If you feel your project has excelled in a particular way (eg achieving net zero; inclusivity etc) then please outline in 300 words how it has done so below detailing any challenges that had to be overcome, collaborative vision etc . There are more category suggestions on the Awards 2021 page.