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FUTURE CITIES FORUM Summer Awards 2023 shortlisted projects

Above: Soho Place Theatre, London - shortlisted in the 'Cultural Cities' category (image from AHMM)

Future Cities Forum is delighted to announce the shortlist of 21 projects across 7 categories to be judged in June by an all-female panel of judges at the Haymarket Hotel London.


Cultural cities – theatre projects

Cultural organisations have been relieved to see the back of Covid-19 restrictions, but many have been left with hefty debts. Covid-19 has shown us however just how vital accessible cultural infrastructure (galleries, museums, theatres, live music and performance venues) is to human health and well-being as well as the prosperity and attractiveness of cities. As well as recovery in footfall, do they have practical strategies to open out to communities beyond their physical walls and how are they doing this? Are there awards to be given for those projects that protect cultural heritage while modernizing for new audiences? Do they act as modern cultural anchors for the confident self-expression, brand, and identity of their districts and cities?

Brixton House (Foster Wilson Size Architects for Lambeth Council and Brixton House) – a new home for the Ovalhouse theatre, and part of a Lambeth Council project to regenerate the Somerleyton Road area, near the Brixton Covered Market, with new homes, workspaces and a cultural anchor.

Brixton House Theatre + Workspace → Foster Wilson Size

Brixton House | Brixton House

Soho Place (Derwent London and Nimax Theatres) – creation of a replacement theatre as part of the Tottenham Court Road Crossrail station development, which involved demolition.

Soho Place – Office Projects – Allford Hall Monaghan Morris | AHMM

Contact Theatre, Manchester - extension and re-modelling (Sheppard Robson for Contact Theatre)

Sheppard Robson

Contact Manchester Ethos | Contact, Manchester (


Master planning, regeneration & mixed-use

In this category, we are looking at the sustainability of districts. What will survive as a piece of ‘leading planning and design’ that generations will look back at as outstanding? What are the characteristics of places that people love to both live and work in? How important is biodiversity and re-designing car dominated districts?

Gilston Park – East of England Plan for new homes in collaboration with East Hertfordshire Council supporting Harlow’s regeneration (MICA and Grimshaw)

MICA – MICA gains planning permission for 8,500 new homes at Gilston Park Estate (

The Gilston Park Estate (

Gloucester City Centre campus and King’s Quarter district development (‘Forum Gloucester’) – including Debenhams remodelling and King’s Square regeneration (Gloucester City Council with University of Gloucestershire / ADP Architecture, and Reef Group)

Gloucester City Centre Campus: A major catalyst for a rising city's rebirth - ADP Architecture (

Forum Gloucester – Reef Group (

Blackwall Yard – London. Thameside mixed-use redevelopment of an unloved piece of city, including a historic ‘graving’ dock, opposite the O2 Arena (Hadley Property Group / LDA Design / Tower Hamlets Council)

Blackwall Yard, Poplar | Places | Hadley Property Group


Science Cities – healthcare

This summer 2023 we are using our science cities category to look at hospital development as the extending of hospital buildings or the creation of new healthcare facilities is very much in the news. How can the design of new hospital buildings serve patients’ needs more effectively, how does the design fit in with the surrounding environment, how have architects pushed the boundaries on net zero considerations?

UCLH Phase 5 – Pilbrow & Partners for University College Hospital London

For UCLH the practice designed a new specialist facility for ear, nose, and throat medicine: Phase 5. The site on Huntley Street is set at the heart of the Bloomsbury Conservation Area adjacent to listed residential neighbours.

UCLH Phase 5 | Pilbrow & Partners | Listed Buildings (

Cambridge Children’s Hospital (Cambridge University Health Partners – design team: White Arkitekter with Hawkins Brown, MJ Medical and Ramboll)

Plans for children’s hospital progress for 2023 | Cambridge Children's (

Cambridge Children's Hospital - White Arkitekter

UPMC Mercy Hospital (Pittsburgh) – new facility and rehabilitation building for people with impaired vision – HOK with Chris Downey

UPMC Mercy Opens Revolutionary Vision and Rehabilitation Facility - HOK

UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Tower at UPMC Mercy - HOK


Hotels/net zero

Hotels are often the anchor for major developments in cities, but are they sustainable in design? There is a new awareness of how important it is to make travel and ‘city stays’ eco-friendly. How are hotels now being designed to consider climate change, and how can new hotels (be they conversions of department stores / heritage buildings or new structures) help re-invigorate the centre of cities, and high streets?

Citicape House, by Holborn Viaduct, City of London (Dominus Group / Sheppard Robson)

Sheppard Robson

Hotel Indigo, Exeter – transformation of redundant House of Fraser on Exeter High Street (Prydis)

Exeter's empty House of Fraser will become boutique Hotel Indigo - Devon Live

Jenners Department Store, Princes Street, Edinburgh – conversion into hotel, bars and restaurants (David Chipperfield Architects with 3D Reid and Loader Monteith for Frasers Group)

Jenners • David Chipperfield Architects

Planning approval for Jenners restoration in Edinburgh | 3DReid


Sports and performance stadiums, community, and regeneration

How can sports stadiums become less fortress-like and welcome in the community for social wellbeing and entertainment– beyond match days? How can they provide a spotlight for the prowess of UK sport through hosting major tournaments? Do they lead to regeneration in the districts in which they are placed?

Birmingham – Villa Park (Aston Villa FC / Grimshaw / Trivandi) – Project Architect Sarah Williams of Grimshaw

The future vision of Villa Park | AVFC

Peterborough – River Nene Park regeneration and new stadium for Peterborough FC (‘The Posh’)

Embankment Stadium | Peterborough United - The Posh

Liverpool – Bramley-Moore Dock (Everton FC / Dan Meis Architects)

EVERTON STADIUM | About The Project


Future workspace

What are the design ingredients that will draw employees back to the office? How do these new designs embrace health and wellbeing with break-out spaces? How are they integrated into their surroundings? Can we give new life to unloved buildings? Can architects re-purpose cost-effectively (and with carbon awareness) rather than demolish?

BBC Birmingham new offices / adaptive re-use of Typhoo Tea Factory in Digbeth (Stoford / Glenn Howells Architects / BDP)

BBC Birmingham to relocate to Digbeth's Typhoo Tea factory - BBC News

BDP to deliver regeneration of Typhoo Wharf for new BBC broadcasting house in Birmingham

Sony Music HQ at King’s Cross, London (MoreySmith for Sony)

Sony Music KX

Sony Music HQ | Kings Cross - MoreySmith - Sony Music HQ | Kings Cross

New town hall and offices for London Borough of Tower Hamlets in remodelled Royal London Hospital building (Bouygues UK for Tower Hamlets Council)

Our New Town Hall story (

Tower Hamlets Town Hall - Bouygues UK (


Place-making and healthy streets

Cities are working hard to re-invigorate central business districts, high streets and those forgotten side streets with independent shops ravaged by Covid-19, changes in working patterns and the decline of physical retail. How inventive are the projects in concept, how do they embrace sustainability, create free access, and how do they re-connect communities across dividing infrastructure attracting footfall?

Aire Park, Leeds (part of Tetley Brewery district regeneration (Leeds City Council / Vastint / Sisk)

Double delight as work on landmark Aire Park hits two key milestones (

Aire Park | Vastint United Kingdom

Newcastle City Council / LDA Design – City Centre place-making (announced 2021 to complete 2024)

City Centre Transformation: The Proposals | Newcastle City Council

Greener Grey Street Gets Go Ahead - Connecting people and place through landscape | LDA Design (

Strand Aldwych pedestrianization – Westminster City Council, King’s College London, Somerset House Trust, Society of London Theatres, Transport for London and the Northbank BID – and LDA Design (completed late 2022)

Strand Aldwych Consultation

The Making of the Modern City ll - 'New Districts' (

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