National Urban Design Awards 2021

We're thrilled to announce our Winners!

Earlier this year we relaunched the National Urban Design Awards with new categories to reflect the different types of work undertaken by practitioners in urban design from policies, urban design frameworks and masterplans through to built schemes, with criteria based on real-world design guidance/standards and statutory duties.

We have been absolutely delighted with the response and would very much like to thank everyone who gave their time and effort in submitting a scheme or project. The entries were diverse and inspiring in their aspirations and achievements. Huge thanks are due to our judges who took on their challenging task with enthusiasm and commitment!

We are also immensely grateful for the continuing support of the Francis Tibbalds Trust who generously provide a £600 prize for the winner of the Student Project Award. A discretionary grant of up to £1,000 will also be available to the winner of the People Friendly Place Award to be used to support the furthering of people friendly work or projects (in agreement with the judges).

And without further ado…

Policy, Strategy + Design Guidance


The National Model Design Code
A guide for local authorities in producing design codes


Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Sustainability Guidance and Checklist
Harlow and Gilston Garden Town
Detailed guidance with quantified, objective standards for technical design

Nottingham Design Quality Framework
Nottingham City Council
An integrated system for a faster planning process that leads to quality design

The Shenley Neighbourhood Plan
Shenley Parish Council
A model for communities wishing to take greater control over the future of their area

Wood Green and Turnpike Lane Design Manual
Haringey Council
Community developed public realm guidance with a focus on the safe independent mobility of children

Frameworks + Masterplans Large


Nansledan, Newquay | Masterplan
ADAM Architecture
Town-making in the Cornish style with school, shops, business units and homes


Andover Town Centre | Framework
NEW Masterplanning
A practical way for a market town to make the most of its heritage and river

Birkenhead 2040 | Framework
OPEN (Optimised Environments)
An easy-to-understand path for the complex regeneration and growth of a former industrial town

Masterplans Small / Midscale


Love Wolverton | Masterplan
Redevelopment of a town centre car park to provide multi-generational housing and shops


Coal Orchard, Taunton | Masterplan
Lavigne Lonsdale
Redevelopment of a town centre site to create a riverside oasis for visitors and residents

Oakfield, Swindon | Masterplan
Metroplitan Workshop
A step change for the quality of housing, street and urban design in an area of 1960s housing

Completed Schemes


Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
Urban Movement
A replicable model for main streets, for all the community featuring best practice in many areas


City Park West, Chelmsford
Pollard Thomas Edwards
Compact development with high quality public realm in a shire county town

The Park within Elephant Park, London
A fully specified inner-city park designed for many different types of user



Building Peace in Kosovo
The Block by Block Foundation
A truly bottom-up participatory design process using the computer game Minecraft


PEARL Person-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory
University College London
A unique space for exploring the effects of urban design on the human brain 

Oxford Brookes University
A visual analysis tool for property, real estate, planning and development

Student Project


The Green Loop
He Wang | Cardiff University


Milton Keynes Placemaking
Peter Livings | Leeds Beckett University

Stitching the Urban Fabric
Aanchal Agrawal + Shinjini Basu | University of Strathclyde

Book Award


The Urban Block
Jonathan Tarbatt and Chloe Street Tarbatt | RIBA


Community-Led Regeneration
Pablo Sendra and Daniel Fitzpatrick | UCL Press

Designing Disorder
Pablo Sendra and Richard Sennett | Verso

Estate Regeneration
Brendan Kilpatrick and Manisha Patel | Routledge

Judging Panel

We're immensely grateful for the experience and insight of our judging panel, all leading independent figures in the built environment and urban design community, qualified in architecture, planning, urban design and landscape architecture:

  • Jas Bhalla  Jas Bhalla Architects
  • Jane Dann  Managing Director of Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design
  • Roger Evans  Studio REAL
  • Helen Forman  West Yorkshire Combined Authority
  • Peter Frankum  Director and National Head of Savills Urban Design Studio
  • Tim Hagyard  Planning Manager for CPRE (Herts) | URBAN DESIGN journal Editorial Board
  • Emma Spierin  O'Mahony Pike Architects
  • Dr Deb Upadhyaya  Homes England

Along with our co-chairs:

  • Christopher Martin of Urban Movement | UDG Treasurer 
  • Alan Thompson of AP Thompson Built Environment Consultancy

Also, a huge thanks to Dr Patricia Aelbrecht of Cardiff University, Dr Philip Black of the University of Manchester, and Dr Husam AlWaer of the University of Dundee for convening and longlisting the Student Project Award. 

To ensure fairness in the selection of finalists, submissions were anonymised as much as possible and all entries were reviewed against a robust set of criteria, including duties set down in statute and common law, and government best practice guidance.

Read more about the judges and further details on judging criteria.

Book Award Judging Panel

With many thanks to our Book Award judging panel:

  • Dick Cole (Chair)  Book editor URBAN DESIGN journal
  • Georgia Butina-Watson  Professor of Urban Design, Oxford Brookes University
  • Geoff Noble  Heritage + Urban Design Consultant | Editorial board URBAN DESIGN journal
  • Judith Ryser  Editorial board URBAN DESIGN journal
  • Katja Stille  UDG Chair | Director Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design

This year’s short list was selected from the twenty plus books reviewed in the URBAN DESIGN journal during 2020 and 2021. The selected books were diverse, ranging from theory to practice, community activism to urban form, demonstrating the broadness of the topic and leading to an engaging debate for the judging panel.

Find out more about National Urban Awards History and Past Winners.