National Urban Design Awards 2022 | Completed Schemes - People Friendly Place

This Award is for places that have been opened to public access in the last five years and have had time to 'bed in'.

They could include a pocket park, a community orchard, a public realm scheme, a flood defence or river restoration scheme, through to an entire new urban area. 

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

We are looking forward to receiving projects that:

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

DEADLINE: 8 August 2022


Entry Process


Please complete the self-assessment questions below .


If the self-assessment is favourable, please

- complete the rest of the form,

- download the A3 entry form template, and

pay the entry fee (unless you are a council, community organisation or not for profit)


Create your entry following the A3 entry form template

save as a high resolution pdf - and

send to using a file transfer service eg Wetransfer, Dropbox etc.  by 8 August 2022

If you have any problems with the online application form please contact   020 7250 0892


Payment of entry fee


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

£80 UDG Registered Practices
£160 Private sector organisations who are not UDG members

FREE TO  Local Authorities, Government Departments | Community Organisations


Entry Form

1 Start 2 Complete

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 demonstrates 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 draining 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 PDF of images with the same title.
Please give a very short description of your project in no more than 25 words:
Please list the project team, key organisations involved in making your People Friendly Place:
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:
How will the qualities that make your submission people friendly be protected and maintained? Please describe in no more than 300 words:
Please outline evidence of your submission'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. Please describe in no more than 300 words:
If you have a short video (up to 5 mins) which supports your submission please provide weblink:
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.