June 1, 2022

4th year of the highly acclaimed competition which is open to all public and private organisations and community groups throughout Ireland

Closing Date September 4th, 2022

Dublin, Wednesday June 1st, 2022 

Commercial property specialists CBRE and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) have formally launched this year’s ‘ULI Excellence in Placemaking’ awards competition which is now open for entries. The awards were established a number of years ago to reward organisations and communities throughout Ireland that make genuine efforts to improve their local communities through the initiation of placemaking projects that add to the public realm and make these places better places in which to ‘live, work and play’. The competition, which is now in its 4th year, shortlists the best examples of Placemaking in each province in Ireland with prizes for the best community project and best public/private sector project in each Province. All prize-winners receive a bespoke trophy while the overall national winner wins a prize of €5,000 to invest in further placemaking efforts in their locality.

As in previous years, entries for the 2022 competition will be judged by a highly accomplished independent jury including esteemed planners, architects & academics. Jurors will operate independently of CBRE and ULI Ireland, applying the highest standards of evaluation and professional practice as reflected in the code of ethics of the Urban Land Institute.

More information on how to enter this year’s competition can be found by visiting

https://www.cbre.ie/en/about-cbre/uli-cbre-excellence-in-placemaking-awards or by emailing [email protected]

The closing date for entries to this year’s competition is September 4th and the competition will culminate in a prizegiving ceremony in the Autumn.

According to Kevin Nowlan, Chairman of ULI Ireland “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 have particularly stood out in recent years are those that promote health & wellbeing, offering ‘connectivity, permeability and accessibility’ for all whilst also promoting the best in architecture and design. The best projects are both architecturally beautiful and strong on design”.

Willie Norse, Executive 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 and sustainability efforts. I am delighted that CBRE are once again working with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to formally recognise & reward those in the public and private sector who are building communities & creating amazing places and I look forward to ongoing collaboration with ULI on this project into the future as placemaking and ESG becomes even more important”.

The winners of the various categories in last year’s competition were as follows:


  • Best Public/Private Sector Project – Dublin Landings Scheme, Dublin Docklands
  • Best Community Project – Turvey Park Project, Dublin 8
  • Honourable Mention – Inchicorchards – Fruit Trees for Inchicore Project

Rest of Leinster

  • Best Public/Private Sector Project –Abbey Quarter Riverside Garden & Skate Park, Kilkenny
  • Best Community Project – Sona Sasta Meals on Wheels, Summerhill, Co. Meath
  • Honourable Mention – Navan Outdoor Parklet Project


  • Best Public/Private Sector Project – Tralee Regeneration Project, Tralee, Co. Kerry
  • Best Community Project – Ballysteen Carnegie Library Development, Limerick



  • Best Public/Private Sector Project – Belfast Entries Project – Belfast City Council
  • Best Community Project – Divis Back Path – Falls Residents Association
  • Honourable Mention – Rossmore Forest Park, Monaghan

Covid-Inspired Project

  • Best Covid-Inspired Project - Pass Freely Exhibition by Asbestos – Hugh Lane Gallery
  • Honourable Mention - Dun Laoghaire Summer Streets Project

Overall National Excellence in Placemaking Award Winner 2021

Abbey Quarter Riverside Garden & Skate Park, Kilkenny


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