Urban Design Awards 2011

Wednesday 2 February 2011 saw the Urban Design Awards take place in the prestigious and historic setting of 61 Whitehall. As the Urban Design Group's first large-scale awards event, it was a truly momentous occasion and a real celebration of the very best urban design being carried out today.

The assembled audience from around the UK and beyond saw prizes awarded in six categories and the evening was compered by the as ever witty and sagacious Rob Cowan.

The winners were as follows:

Practice Award
Atkins, Oxford Circus Improvements
AECOM, The Heat of Doha (Musheireb )Masterplan
FaulknerBrowns Architects, Waterfront Wakefield
HTA, Hanham Hall
NEW Masterplanning, NEW Masterplanning
Savills, Kettering Town Centre Area Action Plan
Taylor Young Ltd - Castle Square, Caernarfon
Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design Ltd, Enham Alamein, Hampshire

Public Sector
North West Leicestershire District Council, OURPLACE™
Buckinghamshire Borough Council (Aylesbury Vale Advantage) The Bourg Walk Bridge, Aylesbury
City of London, Riverside Walk Enhancement Strategy
Gloucester City Council
London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, Barking Town Square
South Derbyshire District Council, West Street Cultural Quarter, Swadlincote

Student Award
Christopher Walker, St Pauls Bristol (pdf of UDG submission)
Silke Gruner, Wivenhoe Civic Centre Brief - Silke Gruner
Ian Morton, Sheffield: The Secret North
Kum Tak Wong, Re-defining the Spine of Govan

Urban Design Book Award
Grand Urban Rules (010 Publishers) – Alex Lehnerer
The Urban Housing Handbook (John Wiley & Sons Ltd) – Eric Firley & Caroline Stahl
Smart Cities & Eco-Warriors (Routledge/Taylor & Francis) – C J Lim & Ed Liu
Making Petter Places (Palgrave Macmillan Ltd) – Patsy Healey

Journalist Award

Hugh Pearman (for his article on MediaCity UK, Salford published in the Sunday Times C
ulture section, 21st November 2010)
Stephen Bayley
Marcus Binney
Jonathan Glancey

Lifetime Achievement Award
Christopher Alexander

The awards were presented by Janet Tibbalds on the behalf of the Francis Tibbalds Trust which funded the financial awards given in the Practice, Student and Journalist Award categories. Though unable to attend, the winner of the UDG's first lifetime achievement award, Christopher Alexander, sent a note of gracious thanks for the recognition.

The event was generously sponsored by Routledge Publishers and Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects, winners of the 2009 Urban Design Project Award.

The Urban Design Group launched its awards in 2007 with the first Project Award being made in 2008. The prime aim of the awards was - and remains - to give greater recognition to high quality urban design work, with all shortlisted entries being published in Urban Design. Since 2007, the awards have expanded with the introduction of new categories and there were over 80 entries in total for the 2010-11 round of awards.

Entries will soon be invited for the 2012 awards so keep an eye on the UDG newsletter and website for news of that.