National Urban Design Awards 2022 | Policy, Strategy + Design Guidance + Design Codes

This Award is for Urban Design Policies, Strategies and Design Guidance and Codes that have been produced within the last three years, and any other similar work intended to promote or ensure quality urban design.

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

We are looking forward to receiving submissions 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: 8 Augst 2022

This category of the awards includes:

  • National policies and guidance
  • Local policies, and supplementary planning documents
  • Design guidance or strategies – e.g.
    • integrated and overall design of the built and natural environment, or
    • specific topic such as public realm design guidance, wayfinding strategies
  • Design Codes
  • Design Standards – e.g. street design, lighting
  • Neighbourhood Plans
  • Appraisals  - especially where the findings are translated into recommendations
  • Systems for organising and ensuring good design
    • internal structures within local authorities, that coordinate or review design proposals
    • training schemes
    • design review and design enabling systems
    • funding systems
    • design quality charters etc

Entry Process


Please complete the self-assessment questions below.


If the self-assessment is favourable, please

- complete the rest of the form,

- download the entry 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


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 SUBMISSION TITLE in the header bar to

£80 UDG Registered Practices
£180 Non 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 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 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 name the PDF of your entry with the same title.
Please give a very short description of your submission in no more than 25 words:
Please list any practice or organisation who has been significantly involved in the work: