Future Cities Forum is releasing the names of our award winners and runners-up in our Winter Awards 2021.

The awards have been given across seven categories of the built environment. 

Please see our judges below. We are extremely grateful for their commitment in taking part in our Winter 2021 Awards



Future Cities Forum Winter Awards 2021

Our awards winners were picked out of a selection of three separate projects across seven categories: master planning, science buildings and R&D campus design, Housing projects, Infrastructure / Infrastructure-related development, Cultural buildings, Net Zero planning and energy, and Future High Streets set by Future Cities Forum. Some project inclusions are finished while others are at the planning stage.

Our judges were:

Sadie Morgan,  Founding Partner of architects dRMM and a Commissioner of the National Infrastructure Commission ; Dr Pip Simpson, Director of Design, Estate and FuturePlan at the V&A Museum; Annelie Kvick-Thompson Partner, Grimshaw; Marcelina Zielinska Director, Chapman Taylor; Claire McColgan, Director, Culture Liverpool; Louise Brennan, Regional Director - Midlands, Historic England; Naila Yousuf, Partner, Wright & Wright Architects; Georgia Katsaouni, Associate Director, SPPARC - see below for full profiles.

The overall criteria for the awards judging were whether the projects showed real vision in their concept and design and additionally but not least, sustainability in how they would be delivered and how they would add to their host cities.

Judges’ thoughts and marks were recorded by Future Cities Forum on 10th December 2021.

Master Planning

The judges were looking at the sustainability of the master plans, outstanding design and integration with the wider city.

The winner is Coventry City Centre South Chapman Taylor for Shearer Property Regen Ltd.

Outline Planning Approval was granted for the City Centre South scheme in April 2021.

The scheme, which has already secured £98m in funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority, is located in the southern part of the city centre and is made up of 6.4 hectares / 15 acres (the equivalent of nine football pitches), including Bull Yard, Shelton Square, Market Way, City Arcade.

The developer, Shearer Property Group, aims to deliver new homes, a hotel, cinema, retail and restaurants along with co-working and community spaces. These proposals will create a new focal point for all of Coventry’s communities to come together, as well as drawing in visitors, with inviting new public realm and accessible events space at its heart.

Find out more about the scheme.

Chapman Taylor | City Centre South


Judges’ comments on Coventry City Centre South:


'This is a real step-change for Coventry's city centre' - Claire McColgan, Culture Liverpool

'The Coventry master-plan is timely and needed, and comes with a sensitivity for the environment' - Pip Simpson, V&A Museum


The runners up are:

Hammersmith Town Hall re-modelling and civic campus master plan: RSHP for London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

What role can the town hall play for the community and for business today? The Grade II listed Hammersmith Town Hall which was built in 1938 but was then hidden behind a five-storey extension in the 1970s is undergoing a transformation based on what local people want to see.

The new Civic Campus, which replaces the existing Hammersmith and Fulham Town Hall extension and adjacent large cinema site, is located at the West of King Street in Hammersmith's town centre. RSHP describes the scheme as 'ruthlessly inclusive' and 'zero harm' stating that it will breathe new life into the King Street area and reinvent the concept of the Town Hall to make it exciting and relevant for the people it serves.

The re-design of city centres post Covid-19 (

Civic Campus set to rejuvenate Hammersmith | LBHF

Hammersmith & Fulham Civic Campus – Civic – Projects – Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners | RSHP (

Chrisp Street, London E14 master-plan Sheppard Robson for Poplar Harca and Telford Homes

Sheppard Robson’s designs create a new community-focused, mixed-use project that will reinvigorate Chrisp Street Market. The plans for Telford Homes Plc and local housing association Poplar HARCA will ensure this community asset continues to thrive, with the design carefully drawing together a mix of residential, retail and cultural facilities positioned around improved and enlarged public spaces.

The project is due to complete in 2022.

Chrisp Street (Masterplanning), E14 - Architecture - Sheppard Robson

Science Cities and campus development

The judges were looking for bold vision, integration with communities and what the projects add to their host cities.



Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire and Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum announced recently:

‘A planetary emergency demands an unprecedented response. Our new science and digitisation centre at Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire will be a gateway to the natural world, widening access to vital information to deliver innovative solutions to global challenges.

‘With over 80 million objects spanning planetary to microscopic scales, billions of years to fractions of a second, genes to ecosystems and microminerals to mountain ranges, the Museum's collection is a powerful scientific tool.

‘By 2026 we will move over 27 million specimens and over 600m3 of accompanying Library material to a ground-breaking new centre for the study of natural history at Harwell Campus. We will work with partners to harness novel technologies and analysis techniques to gain new insights into the natural world and supercharge digitisation of the collections.

The Natural History Museum at Harwell | Natural History Museum (


Judges’ comments on the winning project included:

'The Natural History Museum arrival at Harwell is significant because of the contribution to the ecological side of the climate change debate which sometimes gets overlooked in our Net Zero discussions,' Georgia Katsaouni, SPPARC

'In terms of vision and sustainability, Harwell Campus and the Natural History Museum, is a natural winner', Louise Brennan, Historic England.


The runners up were:

Birmingham Health Innovation Campus - University of Birmingham and Bruntwood SciTech


The University of Birmingham and Bruntwood SciTech are partnering to deliver Birmingham Health Innovation Campus (BHIC) - a world-leading health technologies campus, which will be the only science park in the West Midlands dedicated to health and life science innovation and technologies.

BHIC will support a thriving community of world-leading businesses, working in close collaboration with clinical and academic experts to develop integrated, data-enabled and patient-centric health innovations. In the first 10 years, it is estimated BHIC will create up to 10,000 new jobs in the wider economy and boost the local economy by around £400m per year.

The proposals | Birmingham Health Innovation Campus (


Shinfield Cine Valley Proposal - University of Reading, Scott Brownrigg, Wokingham Council


The new purpose-built TV studio located at the Thames Valley Science Park in Shinfield was unanimously approved by Wokingham Borough Council on behalf of the University of Reading in 2021. It follows the University's announcement in December 2020 of a deal with a US film studios investor to develop a major film studio.

Scott Brownrigg has been tasked with envisioning the masterplan and architecture of this new complex. With the University's vision to create a new 'Cine Valley'. the development forms part of Thames Valley Science Park, with the TV studio element aiming to be operational in 2022.

The University will continue to engage with the local community before the opening of the studios, encouraging involvement from local businesses and residents. Construction is likely to begin late 2021, with a view to the studio being open by the end of 2022.


 Home | Shinfield Studios (


In our housing category, the judges looked for ‘creating a sense of place’ with community facilities, and a joined-up planning approach to housing, infrastructure and jobs.

The Building Beautiful Commission has tried to establish standards for pleasant places for people to live in, away from the poorly managed 1960s tower block that brought much isolation and mental illness while splintering communities. Are we achieving residential communities that are social, well-connected to jobs and for travel to cultural or sporting activities, with local shops, workspaces, and parks? Are they designed properly for key workers, on whom we have depended so much during the pandemic?

The winning project is:

McGrath Road, Newnham, East London                 Peter Barber Architects

This project is twenty- six townhouses, designed for the London Borough of Newham, all for shared ownership. The design combines the core elements of a traditional London terrace and European courtyard, which brings the residents together. Peter Barber wrote:

‘Each house has a deeply recesses arcaded frontage which is a place where people might choose to sit out at the street edge…a kind of level access stoop!  The houses are laid out in terraces around a new tree lined square and along two new streets which meet at a pretty, curving corner.’

McGrath Road — Peter Barber Architects

BACK TO BACK TO BACK — Peter Barber Architects

Judges comments:

'Peter Barber's design is fortress-like with a fine grain', Annelie Kvick Thompson, Grimshaw

'This is a clever way of interpreting the back to back model of housing,' Marcelina Zielinska, Chapman Taylor

'This is such a thoughtful response to low cost housing with a new take on a historic typology', Sadie Morgan, dRMM

'The quality of materials and the detailing is reminiscent of small Venetian squares,' Lousie Brennan, Historic England

'This felt quite Moroccan and I love the courtyard design,' Claire McColgan, Culture Liverpool

The runners up were:

Eddington – build-to-rent            Jo Cowen Architects for Apache (Present Made) and the University of Cambridge


Jo Cowen Architects has recently been appointed to develop a £160 million project of build to rent housing at Eddington in North West Cambridge, funded by Apache Capital's Present Made platform on the Cambridge University owned development. There will be a mix of flats and family homes - some 400 in total - with sustainability at the core of the design. The vision is to create a place offering a high-quality life to enhance both the City and the University of Cambridge. The use of resources aims to minimise carbon emissions and pollution to help the environment now and in the future.

Eddington - Jo Cowen Architects


Church Grove, Ladywell

RUSS (Rural Urban Synthesis Society) with Lewisham Council and Shepheard Epstein Hunter

Church Grove will provide 36 new sustainable, customised, high-quality homes that are permanently affordable and partly self-built in order to reduce construction costs. It will also provide opportunities for training in construction for self-builders as well as apprentices and volunteers from the wider community. The project will contain a range of maisonettes and flats of different tenures, sizes and levels of self-build in order to create a truly mixed community made up of people from diverse backgrounds in the local area.

RUSS ( – a volunteer led community land trust - successfully completed a public procurement process and signed a Development Agreement with Lewisham Council for a ‘community-led, affordable, self-build housing development’ on a former derelict school and industrial site at Church Grove. The Church Grove project, designed as a PassivHaus scheme, was granted planning permission by Lewisham Council in 2018.

Church Grove / Shepheard Epstein Hunter / SEH / Architecture, Planning, Landscape


The judges were asked to consider whether each infrastructure project was meeting design ideals, embodied ‘sustainability’ and acted as ‘a piece of the city’?


The South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC) deployment project / Costain with partners

The South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC) deployment project, led by Costain, has been granted phase two funding of nearly £20m following successful completion of Phase One assessments looking at decarbonisation schemes and the infrastructure required for a hydrogen economy in South Wales.

Phase Two of the project involves engineering studies to explore the routes to decarbonisation, including the use and production of a hydrogen supply, carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) and CO2 shipping from South Wales which would be the first CO2 shipping industry in the whole of the UK, and would create an entire new industry for the region.

The project is supported by a range of partner organisations from the industrial, academic, law, public and private sectors working across the region to create the world’s first net zero emissions industrial zone. As well as contributing to the UK’s carbon reduction commitment, the project will enhance the UK’s ability to locally manufacture low or net zero carbon cement and steel products, helping to drive the low carbon future of UK construction and other sectors.

Next phase of project to decarbonise industry in South Wales receives funding | Costain

Judges comments:

'I like the ambition of the South Wales Industrial Cluster - as a country we need to innovate really quickly in this space,' Sadie Morgan, National Infrastructure Commission

'SWIC is a big plan and ambitious, even if it achieves just 10 per cent of its goals, it will be good,' Naila Yousuf, Wright&Wright Architects


The runners up were:

Waverley Station redevelopment, Edinburgh – Grimshaw / Arup / Allan Murray Architects for Network Rail, Transport Scotland, and Edinburgh City Council

Network Rail’s plans to develop and improve Waverley Station have reached an important stage of the process, with a masterplan concept chosen. The work to date has been undertaken collaboratively with Transport Scotland and City of Edinburgh Council and selected following an extensive consultation process.

As a vibrant commuter station and a hub for tourists from across Britain, footfall at Edinburgh Waverley has more than doubled within the last ten years from 10 million to over 24 million, and estimates suggest that it will more than double again to over 49 million by 2048.


Waverley Masterplan  | Scotland's Railway (

'Hour-Glass Bridge' (spanning the M8) - joining Sighthill to Glasgow’s centre          BAM Nuttall and Jacobs for Glasgow City Council


Master-planners Stallan-Brand have written:


‘As the largest of Glasgow's eight Transformational Regeneration Areas, regeneration of Sighthill is a powerful opportunity not only to change the perception of Sighthill to make it a welcoming and vital part of the city but to help unlock the redevelopment potential of other areas to the north.’

The bridge connecting the Sighthill development to the city centre to the south over the six lanes of the M8 is therefore vital in ensuring the regenerated district is not isolated.


The new cyclist and pedestrian bridge will reconnect the north of Glasgow to the nearby city centre as part of a £250 million regeneration of the area. The UK and Scottish funded scheme, the largest of its kind in the UK, outside of London, will offer affordable housing within walking distance of Glasgow’s most popular destinations. When complete, the new neighbourhood will feature 800 new homes, a new school campus, a park and vastly improved public spaces, shops and businesses.

New iconic footbridge structure moved into place by BAM Nuttall over the weekend


The judges were asked to consider the competing visions to open out cultural assets to wider communities while modernising and adapting heritage in a sensitive fashion.

The winner in the 'Cultural Cities' category is:

National Museums Liverpool     NML Waterfront Transformation Project / winning team selected to take the project forward (Asif Khan Studio, Sir David Adjaye OBE, Mariam Kamara and artist Theaster Gates)

NML has stated recently:

‘The Waterfront Transformation Project will link storytelling, heritage, community, connectivity, and commercial income to create a cohesive visitor experience and catalyst for social and environmental improvements in the area.

‘We want to re-engage local communities and empower individuals to bring this significant and incredibly rich part of the waterfront back to life. Our landmark project will be transforming the area between the Royal Albert Dock and Mann Island, as well as revitalising all our waterfront facilities, as part of a 10-year masterplan of reimagining Liverpool’s waterfront.

Waterfront Transformation Project | National Museums Liverpool (

Waterfront Transformation Project: Blockbuster team announced as winning team for Canning Dock competition press release | National Museums Liverpool (

Judges comments:

'The scale of ambition lifts this project,' Annelie Kvick Thompson, Grimshaw

'This project has real integrity,' Pip Simpson, V&A

The runners up are:

Blackpool Museum Project


Blackpool's new museum which is dedicated to showcasing the legacy of popular entertainment in the town was due to open this year but has been delayed because of the pandemic until 2022. It is planned as an immersive experience that captures the spirit of the town with tributes to the entertainers who put Blackpool on the map and turned a seaside resort into a capital of show business.

Differing views of producers, performers, visitors and residents will be included and will feature the first permanent displays in a UK public museum on circus, magic, variety and ballroom dance - filled with 800 plus objects from Blackpool's internationally significant and extensive collections, with those on loan from national partners, including the V&A.

Blackpool Council was allocated £4 million in 2019 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the development of the Blackpool Museum Project. The £13 million project has already secured more than £7 million in external funding.

Cultural Cities - the recovery? (

Blackpool set for new museum and mixed leisure attraction (

Lambeth Palace Library                 Wright and Wright Architects for the Church Commissioners

A significant new addition to London's civic architecture, Lambeth Palace Library is the first new building on the site for 185 years and hosts the Church of England's archive, the most important collection of religious books, manuscripts, and archives in Europe, after the Vatican.

In the new building the historic collections of Lambeth Palace Library - founded in 1610 and one of the earliest public libraries in the UK - and the records of the Church of England will be brought together, replacing inadequate facilities in a warehouse in Bermondsey, that risked the future of the collection.

The Building – Lambeth Palace Library

Net Zero

The judges were asked to consider the design impact of these projects on their environments, whether they were important landmarks for the city, represented energy planning innovation and included community outreach.

Cities are working hard to manage and drive down carbon emissions. How sensitive are the designs of both re-designed and new buildings to their environment and how are projects being designed to reach out and provide sustainable energy education for the local community? How inventive are the projects in concept and do they include job creation in their brief?


The winner of the 'Net Zero' category is:

MUNCH               Munch Museum, Oslo                   Estudio Herreros

The foundations for the new museum building were laid in 2016, the museum leaders say, after much debate about both design and location. The design is based on the idea of a tower-shaped museum. Sixty meters in height with a leaning top section, it is clad in recycled, perforated aluminium panels of varying degrees of translucency and is a highly visible landmark on all sides.

The museum reports that the architects hope that the building will establish strong links between the regeneration of the surrounding urban area and Edvard Munch's art.

It has been built using low-carbon concrete and recycled steel, and its loadbearing structure has been designed with a technical lifetime of 200 years. In addition, the building complies with Passiv Building standards. The wavy aluminium panels screen sunlight effectively, and also reflect sunlight to avoid excessive temperature fluctuations. The building is connected to a district-heating system and also to a seawater cooling plant. The location is very close to the city's largest public transport hub and the 100 cycle-parking spaces at Edvard Munchs Plass.

This is MUNCH - Munchmuseet


Judges comments included:


The new MUNCH museum is an amazing project and hugely significant,'  - Pip Simpson, V&A

''Oslo is the stand-out project in the sustainability category,' Louise Brennan, Historic England


The runners up are:

Morley House, Regent Street London regeneration: The Crown Estate, MSMR Architects and Kier Group

Kier | Morley House

Jenna Bates, Carbon Manager at Kier Group commented at a Future Cities Forum on ‘sustainability and cities’ in September: “Our client, the Crown Estate wanted to re-develop Morley House built in 1924 on Regent Street in London, keeping the façade and increasing the sustainability of this famous retail store. We put up a green wall - hanging on scaffolding - which increased biodiversity and minimized sound. All these measures create an effect on preserving the environment even if they are small.”

The Grade II listed façade of Morley House was retained while delivering a new core to the building, improving energy efficiency, and achieving a BREEAM 'Excellent' rating. The new development provides 1,021 square metres of high-quality retail space on ground and basement levels, as well as 44 new homes for market rent which will go on sale later this year.

The project has consisted of demolition behind a complex facade retention system, removing and storing the existing stonework facade and shopfronts for reuse.


The Building | Morley House

Ham Yard Hotel, Soho, London                  Firmdale Hotels and Woods Bagot

Firmdale’s Ham Yard Hotel has been awarded the BREEAM excellent rating, despite being located within the confines of Soho’s Victorian alleys and narrow Georgian streets. writes:

‘Opened in 2014 the hotel uses solar panels to generate electricity and has a green roof-top complete with beehives and a vegetable garden. The interiors are designed with the environment in mind, with laundry bags of recycled plastic, bamboo toothbrushes and coat hangers from reclaimed wood.

‘The hotel is tucked behind a tree-filled court-yard where guests can take refuge from the bustling city. This urban village even includes its own bowling alley, theatre, library and rooftop bar.’

Energy, water and waste – as well as land use are all addressed in the BREEAM case study

ham-yard-breeam_man-9-case-study.pdf (

High Streets

The judges were asked to consider the use of heritage to improve the high street from economic and aesthetic perspectives, the re-purposing of the department store and how universities have supported investment in retail provision and better connections with their host cities.


Wigan – King Street: High Street Heritage Action Zone (HAZ)       

Wigan Council with Historic England

King Street sits towards the southern part of the conservation area and is one of the main streets in Wigan town centre, close to the Market Place and between the rail stations and the civic hub. It’s traditionally been a focal point for entertainment and commercial uses rather than retail.

In recent times, its character has shifted to focus almost exclusively on late-night bars and nightclubs, and it’s now in a cycle of decline. There are very high vacancy rates, the quality of the streetscape is poor and fractured, and the historic fabric is under threat.

By reusing and reviving beautiful historic buildings such as the Grade II listed Royal Court Theatre, Wigan Council plan to work with partners like Arts in the Mill CIC to engage locals and visitors in a rich array of cultural activity and restore King Street to the heart of Wigan’s leisure economy.

The council’s aim, using the £13m of government funding delivered through Historic England, is that by 2024, King Street will be celebrated as the go-to place for residents and visitors to engage in cultural and leisure activities.

This aligns well with its Cultural Manifesto, The Fire Within (external  which aims to tackle the town’s low cultural participation.

High Street Heritage Action Zone - King Street (

Judges comments included:

'Wigan King Street is important because it is about using the arts to regenerate a dying high street, using brilliant story-telling,' Claire McColgan, Culture Liverpool

'Gandalf likes Wigan! Ian McKellen has put his support behind this project as he performed at the Royal Court, Wigan early in his career, this is about using culture and the night-time economy to take over from the reliance on retail in our historic high streets,' -  Lousie Brennan, Historic England

(Lousie was not allowed to vote as Historic England as an interest in the project, but was allowed to make a remark post voting.


The runners up are:

Agora, Wolverton            TOWN and Milton Keynes Council with architects Mikhail Riches / Mole Architects

Long-awaited redevelopment of the Agora Centre in Wolverton will start before the end of the 2021 after Milton Keynes Council’s planning committee resolved to grant permission for TOWN’s pioneering regeneration plans. The Love Wolverton project will deliver 115 low-carbon homes, new independent shops, extensive public realm and green infrastructure and a renewable energy microgrid in the heart of Milton Keynes’s original railway town.

Planning approval comes shortly after the Council’s decision in July to invest over £36 million to acquire the vacant Agora Centre and fund delivery of the award-winning Love Wolverton project, and means that work to demolish the unloved 1970s shopping centre can finally begin before the end of 2021.


TOWN - Love Wolverton planning application approved (


Woolwich Exchange       Purcell and Panter Hudspith for St. Modwen / Notting Hill Genesis Housing


Land between Plumstead Road and Spray Street in Woolwich town centre was first identified for regeneration by the Royal Borough of Greenwich in 2012, with St. Modwen and Notting Hill Genesis chosen as a joint venture partnership to deliver the site in 2014. 

An initial planning application for the redevelopment was submitted to the council in January 2018.  Shortly afterwards, the Former Covered Market, which forms part of the site, was given Grade II listed status. The council also introduced the Woolwich Conservation Area, which includes some buildings that form part of the site on Woolwich New Road.  

As a result, the original proposals for the site could no longer be delivered, so the Woolwich Exchange design team reviewed the plans to see how the Former Covered Market could be retained and reused, as well as elements of the buildings on Woolwich New Road.

In February 2020 we launched a consultation on our revised plans and received lots of positive feedback from the local community.  Following this consultation period, the Woolwich Exchange team submitted its new plans as a second planning application to the Royal Borough of Greenwich in October 2020.  In May 2021, the council voted to approve the plans.

You can see further information about the submitted plans for Woolwich Exchange here.


Woolwich Exchange

Future Cities Forum would like to congratulate all winners and runners-up in our Winter 2021 built environment awards and for the commitment of the high-level and experienced team of judges for their time and thoughts. Please see the judges' profiles below.

We are now preparing for our Summer 2022 built environment awards which will be judged in May 2022.



Founding Director, dRMM

Sadie Morgan is a founding director of Stirling Prize winning architecture practice dRMM, alongside Alex de Rijke and Philip Marsh. As a design champion Sadie undertakes advisory roles including chairing the Independent Design Panel for High Speed Two and as a commissioner for the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). She has been instrumental in setting up the NIC’s Design Group which places design at the heart of major infrastructure projects.


In 2019, Sadie was appointed as a board member of the UK government’s housing accelerator – Homes England. She recently founded the Quality of Life Foundation – an independent body aimed at raising wellbeing through improvement of the built environment. Sadie lectures internationally on dRMM and the importance of infrastructure. In 2013 she became the youngest president of the Architectural Association. In 2016 she received an honorary doctorate from London South Bank University and was appointed professor at the University of Westminster. In 2021, Sadie was awarded the visiting Sir Arthur Marshall Professorship in Sustainable Urban Design at Jesus College, Cambridge University. In 2017, Sadie became a Mayor’s design advocate for the Greater London Authority. In the New Year’s Honours 2020 she was awarded an OBE for services to design advocacy in the built environment.

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Director of  Design, Estate, FuturePlan - V&A Museum

Dr Philippa Simpson took up her post at the V&A in December 2018 and leads the Design Studio, the Estate including all Capital Projects, and the Public Programme including exhibitions. She studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art and the University of Edinburgh, where she gained her BA Hons and MSc Res in History of Art.

Having worked for a short time in the commercial art sector, she moved into museums as a curator at Tate, working on a range of international exhibitions and gallery projects while completing her PhD at the Courtauld on display culture and the genesis of the public gallery. She then moved to Royal Museums Greenwich to establish and manage an international touring exhibition programme. In 2014 Philippa joined the V&A to deliver a number of capital projects, including the Exhibition Road Quarter.

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Director, Culture Liverpool

Director of Culture Liverpool, responsible for Legacy, Major EventsLiverpool Film OfficeCruise LiverpoolTourismCity Halls and Cultural Policy since 2009.

Claire spearheads multi award-winning events of national and international acclaim including the unique Royal de Luxe Giant Spectaculars with combined audience of 1.8m, (Visit England’s Tourism Event of the Year 2016) and Three QueensOne Magnificent City, which attracted 1million visitors to the shores of the Mersey. 

A champion of public engagement in arts and culture, in 2000 Claire developed the successful participation programme (Creative Communities) that was instrumental in Liverpool’s transformative Capital of Culture bid.  In 2006 she was appointed Executive Producer of European Capital of Culture with responsibility for major events, public participation and community engagement.

Claire is a national and international advisor on best practice in Culture acting for Arts Council England and Ireland, the British CouncilLocal Government Association and as consultant advisor to the London Borough of Culture programme. 

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Associate Director, SPPARC

Georgia Katsaouni joined SPPARC as a qualified Architect Engineer in 2014 and since then she had been involved in numerous projects from conceptual planning to construction, most notably on Kensington Church Street, an award-winning mixed-use scheme in London, the Bear Gardens boutique hotel located within the cultural quarter of the Southwark’s Bankside conservation area and office buildings in London and Reading. Georgia was appointed Associate Director in 2017 and is currently working on the London Olympia masterplan, a large-scale project that will transform the current exhibition centre to a unique cultural hub, in collaboration with Heatherwick Studio. Georgia studied Engineering and Architectural Design at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece receiving her MEng in 2010. She attended Architectural Association (AA) where she received an MSc in Sustainable Environmental design in 2011.

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Director of Spatial Planning, Transport for London

Director of Spatial Planning, Transport for London, Lucinda Turner is
responsible for TfL's role in planning applications across London. 
Lucinda joined TfL as Policy Manager for Congestion Charging, leading
policy development and stakeholder management for the scheme. She moved into TfL Planning developing Crossrail S106/CIL funding policy, leading consultation for the Mayor's Transport Strategy, becoming environmental champion for TfL and helping develop the Mayor's Air Quality Strategy.

She became Secretariat to the Mayor's Road Task Force establishing a
strategic framework for the management, design and development of London's streets and road network. She was responsible for helping to
establish TfL's Growth Fund - focused on helping unlock housing and

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Partner, Wright & Wright Architects

Since joining Wright & Wright Architects in 2015, Naila Yousuf has worked on high profile, cultural projects, with a focus on resolving complex planning applications on sensitive sites. In this capacity she led the team on the recently completed redevelopment of the Museum of the Home, a much loved East London institution documenting the universal theme of 'home'. Naila also led the team on the planning application for Lambeth Palace Library, created to house the Archive of the Church of England. Prior to this, Naila worked at CZWG where she was mentored by Piers Gough and Rex Wilkinson and worked on a range of housing and civic projects. She had graduated from the University of Nottingham where she was awarded the Halsal Lloyd Prize for Best Design Portfolio and Car Prize for Excellence in Architectural Research.



Partner - Grimshaw

Annelie is a highly skilled architect, who thrives on working collaboratively with clients, stakeholders and design teams to establish project visions, key principles, and methodologies to achieve world-class innovative solutions.


She is currently the Partner leading a number of Grimshaw's largest transport-focused and urban redevelopment projects, including the master plan for Euston's 54 ha station site, Metro North project in Dublin, and has an on-going role as design reviewer the two new HS2 stations at Manchester Piccadilly and Airport.


As a key member of Grimshaw's Partnership, she regularly attends, organises and speaks at industry events contributing to thought leadership and planning strategy as well as sharing her knowledge through academic lectures, tutoring and design reviews.

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Regional Director - Midlands, Historic England

Regional Director - Midlands, Louise Brennan heads up Historic England's successful Heritage Action Zone programme for the regeneration of the UK's high streets and heritage streetscapes, which has included funding and interventions in Coventry, King's Lynn, Dewsbury, Northallerton, Kirklees, Sunderland, Swindon and Walworth in London. Louise has been with Historic England for 22 years and is based near Derby. Louise commented at a recent Future Cities Forum:


'The vast majority of the historic environment is adaptable and the High Street needs to learn to wash its face. The High Street (across the UK) needs new uses and it needs to diversify with more than just shopping. We need use our historic buildings and not be precious. The historic environment of the high street is egalitarian, you don't have to pay an entrance fee to enjoy it, it is for everyone.'

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Director, Chapman Taylor

Director, Chapman Taylor, Marcelina Zielinkska, joined the firm in 2007
and was promoted to Director in 2017. Having worked initially on the
successful delivery of St, David's 2 in Cardiff, she then moved to the
UK concept design team to focus on the early design stages of major
projects. She has a love for urban environments and a keen interest in
the master planning and design of complex mixed-use developments as
catalysts for urban regeneration. There will be awards given in the
areas of master planning, net zero and sustainability, housing,
infrastructure, science buildings, high streets and cultural assets.


Future Cities Forum is releasing the names of our award winners and runners-up in our Summer Awards 2021.

The awards have been given across seven categories of the built environment and the details can be accessed on our Blog page. 

Please see our judges below. We are extremely grateful for their commitment in taking part in our Summer 2021 Awards



Future Cities Forum summer awards 2021

Our awards winners were picked out of a selection of three separate projects across seven categories: master planning, science buildings and R&D campus design, new housing projects, infrastructure / infrastructure-related development, cultural buildings, Net Zero planning and energy, and Future High Streets set by Future Cities Forum. Some project inclusions are finished while others are at the planning stage.

Our judges were:

Eleanor Kelly  Chief Executive, London Borough of Southwark; Kim Wright  Chief Executive, London Borough of Lewisham; Leonie Bell Director of the V&A Dundee; Annelie Kvick-Thompson Partner, Grimshaw; Eftychia Koursari Senior Civil Engineer in Amey Consulting's Structures Team; Cora Kwiatkowski Divisional Director, Stride Treglown; Joanne Cave Partner, David Lock Associates / Co-Chair of the Oxford Design Review Panel; Marcelina Zielinkska Director, Chapman Taylor; and Lucinda Turner Head of Spatial Planning, Transport for London and Associate Director of Built Environment, Greater London Authority - see below for full profiles.

The overall criteria for the awards judging were whether the projects showed real vision in their concept and design and additionally but not least, sustainability in how they would be delivered and how they would add to their host cities.

Judges’ thoughts and marks were recorded by Future Cities Forum on 26th May 2021.

Master Planning

The judges were looking at the sustainability of the master plans, outstanding design and the strength of biodiversity.


Winner ‘Living in the Landscape’ by LDA Design for Peabody

In the master planning category, the ‘Living in the Landscape’ master plan (by LDA Design) for Peabody’s £1 billion regeneration of the 1960s Thamesmead district in the London boroughs of Greenwich and Bexley by LDA Design was the overall winner.

Launching Living in the Landscape - Connecting people and place through landscape | LDA Design (



Bracknell Town Centre Vision 2032 (by Cushman & Wakefield and Allies & Morrison for Bracknell Forest Council) Bracknell Town Centre 2032 vision (

Oxford North (the new living and employment district being created by Thomas White Oxford’s extensive team on land owned by St John’s College Oxford)  The project | Oxford’s new life sciences district ( approved by Oxford City Council’s planning committee in December 2020.


Judges’ comments on ‘Living in the Landscape’:


Kim Wright, Chief Executive of Lewisham Council, praised ‘the sheer scale and impact of the project’, saying she admired ‘the connected nature of the design.’

While Annelie Kvick, Partner at Grimshaw felt that it is a ‘really ambitious project and sets out a clear vision…. It is important to reclaim nature and the waterfront as Thamesmead is a forgotten pocket of London.’

Leonie Bell, Director of V&A Dundee said that ‘in Scotland there is an understanding of what Peabody is trying to achieve and I admire the ‘Living in the Landscape’ idea.’

Lucinda Turner, Head of Spatial Planning at TfL felt that it was ‘important to make nature and biodiversity a focus of infrastructure, and as important as traditional infrastructure.’

Science Cities

The judges were looking for innovative design, integration with communities and what the projects add to their host cities.


Winner: AstraZeneca’s new global R&D centre, Cambridge UK (BDP / Herzog & de Meuron)

 In our Science Cities category, the overall winner was AstraZeneca’s new £500 million global R&D centre and headquarters building on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. This project is central to bringing together AstraZeneca’s 2,000 employees who are currently spread across eight sites around Cambridge. BDP is the lead consultant and executive architect carrying out the vision of concept architect Herzog & de Meuron.

AstraZeneca Headquarters -


Runners up

The new CABI offices in Wallingford with sweeping green roofs by architects Scott Brownrigg and Ridge and Partners LLP as project managers,

Warwick University’s £30 million IBRB biomedical research building – designed by HawkinsBrown Architects and built by Wilmott Dixon - which includes the Wolfson Tissue Mechanobiology and Human Disease Laboratory,  University of Warwick Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building | Willmott Dixon


Judges’ comments on the winning project included:

Effie Koursari of Amey Consulting remarked: ‘The use of the heat pump – by AstraZeneca – is important as heating is a great producer of carbon.’

Marcelina Zielinska of Chapman Taylor added: ‘There is so much investment in this project…I very much appreciate the efforts they have made with their videos. It is very important how you communicate a project’s benefits.’


In our housing category, the judges looked for ‘creating a sense of place’ with community facilities, and a joined-up planning approach to housing, infrastructure and jobs.


Winner : Steenberg’s Yard, Lower Ouseburn Valley (PfP Igloo / Xsite Architecture)

In the Housing category, the overall winner was Lower Ouseburn Valley – Steenberg’s Yard, Newcastle-upon-Tyne designed by Xsite Architecture with engineering by Cundall for igloo Regeneration, with project management by Identity Consult.

igloo Regeneration | Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle

Lower Steenberg’s Yard - Cundall



Eddington, North West Cambridge - Ryle Yard (Key worker housing by Macreanor Lavington within AECOM’s phased master-plan for Cambridge University Estates) Ryle Yard Eddington - Maccreanor Lavington

Purfleet on Thames – a transformational development within the Thames Gateway with 2,800 new homes, retail and healthcare next to 1 million square feet of film and production studios (AHMM and dRMM architects for Swan Housing / Urban Catalyst with Thurrock Council) Purfleet Centre Regeneration (


In our Housing category, the judges were struck by the Newcastle project’s residential quality, connected jobs and transport. They liked the phased approach of the wider masterplan and solid building blocks from which connectedness would grow. They also liked how the fund was managed by the community up. They thought there was appropriate scale and that the development had made the most of the Ouseburn waterfront.

Annelie Kvick of Grimshaw praised ‘the research that had been carried out and how many people had been spoken to, the richness of the scheme and diversity.’

Leonie Bell of V&A Dundee liked ‘the potential of the development to keep growing. Longevity is just priceless.’


The judges were asked to consider whether each infrastructure project was meeting design ideals, embodied ‘sustainability’ and acted as ‘a piece of the city’?


Winner: A14 Improvements Scheme by Skanska / Costain / Balfour Beatty JV for Highways England

This road upgrade scheme in Cambridgeshire included the planting of 900,000 trees, new water vole habitats and the discovery of three Anglo-Saxon villages by the team of archaeologists from MOLA Headland. It set new standards in digital innovation and biodiversity planning for a transport project.

A14 Improvement Scheme |

New environment report highlights positive impact of the A14, a Costain, Skanska and Balfour Beatty joint venture project | Costain



Farringdon Station. Crossrail Farringdon station - Crossrail

CB1 Station District development, Cambridge CB1 ( CB1 - Brookgate


There was much praise for the biodiversity and focus on nature as a mitigating factor on road impact from TfL’s Lucinda Turner.

Effie Koursari of Amey Consulting also noted ‘the biodiversity and bat boxes as examples of good planning.’

The judges welcomed the fast delivery of the road project and how sustainability will continue to improve over time as electric cars come in.


The judges were asked to consider the competing visions to open out cultural assets to wider communities while modernising and adapting heritage in a sensitive fashion.


Winner: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums (Hoskins Architects for Aberdeen City Council)

The winning project involved the creation of a copper-clad rooftop extension providing unrivalled views across the city, new teaching and learning spaces and temperature controlled temporary galleries that will allow Aberdeen to host world class touring exhibitions.

Aberdeen Art Gallery | Hoskins Architects



The Box, Plymouth (SNC-Lavalin Atkins for Plymouth City Council The Box – SNC-Lavalin ( 

EMD Cinema in Walthamstow (Pilbrow & Partners for Soho Theatre Group / Waltham Forest Council) Walthamstow EMD Cinema → Pilbrow & Partners (


Leonie Bell, V&A Dundee, felt the Aberdeen Art Gallery was an ‘exercise in restraint’ and the use of light in the building was very effective. ‘It points up the austerity of the granite Victorian buildings and is the architects’ most sophisticated building.’

Annelie Kvick, Grimshaw, felt the Aberdeen Art Gallery was ‘a perfect example of how you can change and adapt old buildings.’

Joanne Cave, David Lock Associates, praised ‘the gracefulness of the gallery design’.

Lucinda Turner, TfL, felt the gallery was ‘restrained and sympathetic’.

Net Zero

The judges were asked to consider the design impact of these projects on their environments, whether they were important landmarks for the city, represented energy planning innovation and included community outreach.


Winner:  Manchester City Council’s Tower of Light / Civic Quarter Heat Network (Tonkin Liu / Vital Energi)

In our Net Zero category, Manchester’s Tower of Light and Civic Quarter Heat Network was the overall winner – with tower / flue and façade design by Tonkin Liu in collaboration with Arup, enclosing Vital Energi’s £20 million CHP centre for the City Council Tower of Light | Flue tower and facade in Manchester City Centre — tonkin liu Manchester Civic Quarter Network (



North London Heat and Power Project (Grimshaw for North London Waste Authority) North London Heat and Power Project – Projects – GRIMSHAW

Jubilee Pool Lido Penzance geo-thermal project (Geothermal Engineering Ltd)  Jubilee Pool – Geothermal Engineering Ltd


Kim Wright of Lewisham Council liked the Manchester project as it was ‘right in heart in city and this connected it with communities and businesses. The designers are not shy with the flue, and it is a lot more than an energy centre. It has social value and is helping local authorities to meet net zero.’

Annelie Kvick of Grimshaw commented that ‘that the challenge that needs to be tackled increasingly is how you integrate energy centres into the city – and make them into architecture.’

Eleanor Kelly, Chief Executive of Southwark Council thought ‘ it was challenging to bring it into heart of city, and this made it a positive feature of the city’.

High Streets

The judges were asked to consider the use of heritage to improve the high street from economic and aesthetic perspectives, the re-purposing of the department store and how universities have supported investment in retail provision and better connections with their host cities.


Winner The Burges, Coventry (Historic England / Historic Coventry Trust / Coventry City Council and architects Corstorphine + Wright). Historic England’s Heritage Action Zone programme has released funds for restoration and upgrading of one of the few remaining medieval / Victorian streetscapes in Coventry, including Hales Street and Palmer Lane, boosting the local economy and engaging directly and successfully with the community. The Burges, Coventry High Street Heritage Action Zone | Historic England

Burges restoration - June 2020 | Coventry City Council


Dept W, Whitechapel, London E1 (the repurposing for a modern high street and sensitive restoration of Wickham’s department store for Schroder UK Real Estate Fund by Buckley Gray Yeoman, now let in entirety through Allsop to Queen Mary University of London)

Dept W (  Schroders lets 55,380 sq ft Department W in its entirety to Queen Mary University - Allsop

Northgate, Oxford (MICA Architects for Jesus College, Oxford University – re-design of Jesus College-owned Cornmarket facing shops on ground and first floors with college / student facilities and accommodation above, creation of new college quad and modern gatehouse opening to Market Street.

Northgate (


Cora Kwiatkowski of Stride Treglown admired the Coventry project: ‘It has a lot of detail and on the local economy and is impressive in getting whole community behind it. The Burges is public space so a lot of people would benefit. It is about taking responsibility for the space. Best scheme.’

Kim Wright of Lewisham Council was struck by Historic England’s HAZ project: ‘This was about shops and conserving heritage and history, using abandoned upper floors and making a connected community.’

Leonie Bell of V&A Dundee remarked that ‘I like the way they (the Coventry teams) were analysing place and moving back to move forward.’


Future Cities Forum would like to congratulate all winners and runners-up in our Summer 2021 built environment awards and for the commitment of the high-level and experienced team of judges for their time and thoughts.

We are now preparing for our Winter 2021 built environment awards which will be judged in December.