UDG Announce Awards Finalists 2021

We're thrilled to announce our Finalists!

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!

And so to our finalists...



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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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



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



The Green Loop CORE
He Wang | Cardiff University

Milton Keynes Placemaking
Peter Livings | Leeds Beckett University

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



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

The Urban Block
Jonathan Tarbatt and Chloe Street Tarbatt | RIBA


The National Urban Design Awards want to recognise places which address issues such as the climate emergency, collaboration, inclusion and social cohesion, health and sustainability, and in doing so have created places where people really want to work, play and live.

We look forward to announcing the winners in November.