March 30, 2020



Dublin, March 30th, 2020 - Following receipt of a very high standard of entries from all over the country to the inaugural Excellence in Placemaking competition last year, The Urban Land Institute (ULI) in conjunction with CBRE Ireland, have now formally launched the 2020 competition. The awards reward companies and community groups throughout Ireland that add to the public realm and create great places for communities in which to ‘live, work and play’.

The 2020 Excellence in Placemaking Awards competition is open to all public and private organisations as well as community groups in each Province of the country and entry is free. The best community project and best public/private sector project in each Province will each win a prize and there will be a national prize of €5,000 for the best overall project. For further information on the 2020 awards and details on how to submit an entry, please see or email [email protected]

The closing date for entries to the 2020 competition is June 1st 2020 with judging taking place during the Summer months and winners to be announced at an awards event in September.

Like last years competition, entries will be judged by a highly accomplished jury including esteemed planners, architects & academics including the internationally renowned architect, urban designer & planner Daniel Ringelstein. Jurors will operate independently, applying the highest standards of evaluation and professional practice as reflected in the code of ethics of the Urban Land Institute.

"These awards tie in with some of the key objectives of the Urban Land Institute in terms of identifying, showcasing & celebrating good design & placemaking in urban landscapes. The projects that particularly appealed to the judges last year were those that promoted health & wellbeing, offering ‘connectivity, permeability and accessibility’ for all whilst also promoting the best in architecture and design. The projects that particularly resonated with the judging panel were both architecturally beautiful and strong on design and we look forward to some great entries again in 2020."
Tom Dunne, Chairman at ULI Ireland

Weaver Park in Dublin 8 was selected as the overall winner of the 2019 competition, winning an award of €5,000 towards further enhancement of the facility while the winners of the various regional categories, who were all awarded specially commissioned trophies, were as follows:


      • Overall Winner - Weaver Park, Dublin 8
      • Special Commendation - The Dublin Port Precinct project, Dublin Port

Rest of Leinster

      • Midlands Amenity Park, Moate, Co. Westmeath


      • The Promenade Project, Mulranny, Co. Mayo


      • Ballincollig People’s Park, Ballincollig, Co. Cork
      • Special Commendation - Harpers Island Ecological Project, Cork


      • The Green, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal

Myles Clarke, Managing Director of property consultants CBRE Ireland, sponsors of the competition, added “It is so important for the future of our built environment that we understand and champion great placemaking efforts throughout the country. I am delighted that CBRE are once again working with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to formally recognise & reward those who are building communities & creating amazing places. We are urging organisations and community groups throughout the country to submit entries for the 2020 competition and build on the momentum from last year’s competition.

About CBRE

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CBRE U.C., (CBRE Ireland) registered in Ireland, no. 316570. PSRA Licence No. 001528 is the country’s largest commercial real estate services company with offices in Dublin and Cork. Currently employing over 150 employees, we work with occupiers, investors and developers of office, industrial and logistics, retail, hotel and healthcare property, providing strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; tenant representation, corporate services; property and project management; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management and debt advisory; business rates and compulsory purchase and research and consulting. Please visit our website at