Secondary school students invited to enter UCEM’s creative design competition!

Posted on: 21 February, 2019

UCEM is calling upon creative secondary school students to design a building of the future as part of its centenary celebrations.

Six winners – three from Years 7-8 and three from Years 9-10 – will be chosen, with each being invited to visit the groundbreaking BRE Innovation Park in Watford, as well as earning £50 for their school.

Entrants will be tasked with designing a building of the future including details of its sustainable features. Designs will be accepted in any format, including a hand drawing, Word document, PowerPoint presentation, JPEG image and Minecraft file.

Entries will be judged on their environmental sustainability, social sustainability and originality.

UCEM Principal, Ashley Wheaton, commented: “To celebrate our centenary year, we are running more outreach events than ever and it gives me great pleasure to invite a generation of potential future Built Environment professionals to take part in this fun competition.

“Sustainability runs through the core of what we do and this is a fantastic chance to get secondary school students thinking about sustainability and the Built Environment in a creatively challenging way.

“I would implore schools and parents all across the UK to encourage students in Years 7-10 to take part and hone their inner architect in doing so!

“The BRE Innovation Park is a truly astounding interactive showcase of cutting-edge design. Not only is the prize of a day out at the Park a fantastic reward for our six winners but I dare say that the accompanying adults will also enjoy the experience and learn something new. I also hope that the cash prize awarded to the schools our winners attend will afford headteachers the opportunity to recognise the pupils’ achievements.

“The judges and I very much look forward to receiving submissions!”

The competition is now open and entrants have until 12pm (GMT) on Friday, 29 March to send their submissions. Winners will be announced by the Mayor of Newham at our centenary showpiece ‘The Built Environment of the Future’ event on Thursday, 16 May.

Visit for more details and to enter.


UPDATE (1 April, 2019): Please note that the deadline for entries is now 12am (BST) on Sunday, 7 April, 2019.