ICE Welcomes inaugural Next Generation Design workshop

The inaugural Next Generation Design workshop 2018 Nottingham, supported by the Institution of Civil Engineers, was held at Nottingham Trent University earlier this month.

The full size winning design will go on display in Nottingham City Centre later his year.
The full size winning design will go on display in Nottingham City Centre later his year.
The workshop introduced students from under-represented groups, to careers in architecture and the built environment, by engaging them in a design competition to build pavilion.

The  event was organised by teams from Arup Nottingham and Leonard Design Architects.

Schools participating included Nottingham Girls’ Academy, the Nottingham Emmanuel School, Friesland School, South Wolds Academy and Sixth Form, and Belper School and Sixth Form Centre.

The  workshop follows the very successful format created by Scale Rule CIC.
Previous workshops in London and Birmingham have led to the creation of five pavilions which have been displayed at  Clerkenwell Design Week and UK Construction Week.

The key aspect of this project is that the winning concept is designed and built by a team of professional Engineers and Architects, and displayed at a local venue.

John Morgan, Director, Leonard Design Architects said: “We were thrilled to be involved in the Scale Rule event. It’s a really great initiative where young teens not only find out about why a career in engineering or design might be right for them,  but are able to put what they learn into action to create something physical.”

During the morning of the first day the students were introduced to the role of an engineer and architect, and the principles of design.

Students were then given just five hours split, across two days, to form a conceptual design for a temporary timber pavilion to be displayed in central Nottingham.

The Nottingham project leader, Stuart Nash, Structural Engineer at Arup said: “The excitement of the students to tackle this challenging brief was palpable. The inventive and original concepts of all teams amazed the volunteers who attended the event.”

On the final day, a panel of judges from Nottingham Trent University School of Architecture and Arup Nottingham watched the 10 minute presentations given by each team.

The student’s presentations included sketches of their designs and scale models which brilliantly exhibited their innovative concepts to the judges.

After much deliberation the “Social Shell” developed by a team from Friesland School and South Wolds Academy was chosen as the winner.

The talent of the team members who had never met prior to the workshop shone through with this visually striking design.

The winning pavilion design will now be engineered and a full scale prototype will be manufactured by a team from Arup Nottingham and Leonard Design Architects, and displayed in central Nottingham later this year.

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