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.

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Chief Executive, London Borough of Southwark

Chief Executive, London Borough of Southwark, Eleanor Kelly, was
appointed as the council's permanent chief executive and statutory head
of paid service in July 2012. Eleanor joined the council in an interim
capacity in 2006, became deputy chief executive in September 2008 and
was acting chief executive from February 2012. Her department is
responsible for regeneration, planning, human resources and corporate
strategy. Eleanor has senior executive level experience in both public
and private sectors, including substantial experience as Finance
Director, Deputy Chief Executive at Tower Hamlets Council, interim Chief
Executive experience at Merton Council and management consultancy
experience with KPMG.

(Photo courtesy

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Director of the V&A Dundee

Director of the V&A Dundee, Leonie Bell, is one of Scotland's most
experienced cultural leaders and has worked in a diverse range of roles
and organisational settings, advocating for the transformative potential
of culture and creativity across society. Her experience includes
leadership and senior management in local and national government,
national agencies and in the culture sector. She chairs the Advisory
Board of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art and is a trustee
of the Edinburgh International Festival.

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Senior Civil Engineer, Amey Consulting's Structures Team

Senior Civil Engineer, Amey Consulting's Structures Team, Eftychia
Koursari, started her career in engineering in 2006 and is currently
writing a PhD at the University of Glasgow on the topic of scour. She is
an Incorporated Engineer (Eng) with the Institution of Civil Engineers
and her work on scour helping to develop advance current techniques has also been published in international conferences and journals.
Recognising her input on sustainability, the Women's Engineering Society
named Effie as one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering in 2020. She has also been presented with the Rising Star in STEM 2020 by the Women's
Leaders Association. Effie is a member of the WES Climate Emergency


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Partner at David Lock Associates

Partner at Milton-Keynes head-quartered David Lock Associates, Joanne Cave, is a qualified planner and urban designer responsible for a varied
portfolio of projects ranging from large-scale urban extensions,
including the 4,000 dwelling expansion of Canterbury to the production
of strategies for complex regeneration challenges, such as the Bradford
City Plan. With over 25 years of professional practice, Jo is still
motivated by the idea that new and necessary development can enhance
rather than detract from the quality of life in our towns and cities.
Joanne has recently been appointed Co-Chair of the Oxford Design Review


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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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Chief Executive, London Borough of Lewisham

Chief Executive, London Borough of Lewisham, Kim Wright, has held her
position for a year and six months, previously working as Group
Director, Neighbourhoods and Housing at the London Borough of Hackney from February 2004. Prior to this Kim was Deputy Director of Education & Children/Head of Leisure & Youth Services at the London Borough of Barnet from 1999 and Head of Leisure Services at Spelthorne Borough Council from 1992. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and of the Royal Society of Arts, a Sport England nominated Director on the London Sport Board and a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.




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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Divisional Director, Stride Treglown

Divisional Director, Stride Treglown, Cora Kwiatkowski, prides herself
on her collaborative approach to working with clients, contractors and
consultants. Her focus is on user experience in collaborative
stakeholder engagement. Cora enjoys resolving complex design briefs to
create places for people and deliver award-winning buildings. As Head of
Universities and an accredited RIBA Client Adviser, Cora helps clients
to plan, structure and develop projects from the earliest stages. Cora
is Chair DCfW & Design West, BEE Design Council, Trustee Architecture
Centre. She has led multi-disciplinary teams over 20 years working for
private and public sector clients in the UK and previously in Germany,
Sweden and Switzerland.


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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.