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Train station powered by renewable energy awarded top prize in 'I Can Engineer' competition

15 March 2022

The design event, hosted by ICE London, called for students in school years 8-10 to design a new train station connecting the Isle of Dogs to the O2 Arena in Greenwich.

Train station powered by renewable energy awarded top prize in 'I Can Engineer' competition
The students were also challenged to work as a team to build towers and bridges using spaghetti and marshmallows.

Students from Queen Elizabeth’s School in Barnet won first prize at a design competition after impressing judges for their strong renewable energy focus.

The I Can Engineer Awards called for students in school years 8-10 to design a new train station connecting the Isle of Dogs to the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London.

The winning entry, West Ferry Station, was created by Nafis Meah, Nayan Santheepan, Quaim Abdi, and Snehal Das, who implemented four types of energy solutions to reduce carbon emissions.

Using its location next to the river Thames, their design included an underwater turbine to harvest hydro-electric power, kinetic power from customer footsteps, magnetic elevators, and bioluminescent bulbs.

They fought off 26 other entries to be awarded the top prize at the ceremony on Tuesday 8 March, winning a behind-the-scenes tour of a civil engineering project, courtesy of SCS railways and TYPSA, who supported the award category.

Second place went to Isle of Dogs Hydrail, designed by Romeyo Nguyen from Sacred Heart Catholic School in Camberwell, who will also be awarded a project tour.

Ayana Haque, Dhwani Sheth, Milen Pabila, Myah Birak, from Chigwell School, were awarded third place for Electro Track Station.

Renewable energy focus

Jonathan Baggs, director of ICE London congratulated all the students who took part in I Can Engineer, recognising them at the awards ceremony.

He said that West Ferry was "very creative in its approach to energy generation and how it is used to operate the station.”

Noting the important role of energy in achieving net zero carbon, Baggs highlighted how impressed he was at seeing the designs’ focus on renewable energy sources.

Students from Queen Elizabet's School in Barnet, London received their award at a ceremony at One Great George Street.
The winners recieved their award at the ICE HQ, One Great George Street.

Recognising community, sustainability and innovation

In that spirit, three special awards were granted for specific attention to detail on community, sustainability, and innovation.

Collin Copcea, Ishann Ganatra, Krishna Patel, and Rian Dharel from Queen Elizabeth's School designed Cubitt Waterside, which received the Community Award, supported by Mott MacDonald.

Their design drew on inspiration from the recently completed Nine Elms and Battersea Power station.

River Cross Station, designed by Esther Weaver, Izdem (Lawin) Nayir, Rosalie Aitken, and Sophie (Robin) Davies of Chigwell School took the Sustainability Award, supported by TYPSA, for their creative photovoltaic glass dome station roof and use of rain gardens.

The Innovation Award, supported by Ramboll went to H20 Station by Luca Giannini, Oscar Waudby, and Thomas Henry. It was praised for its aspirations to be a fully sustainable, solar-powered underground station.

The competition was extremely close, and the judges were compelled to award three special commendations to: Marvin To, Wilson Xu, and Zoheb Haq, for Dockland Quay station, Christopher Ah-Hing for Dusted Peaks, and Grace Iyoma Sunday for Oxford Green Model, with their creative designs narrowly missing out on an award.

STEM outreach in person

Held at the ICE headquarters, One Great George Street, this event was the first time ICE London was able to welcome back school students into its building since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic two years ago.

As well as the award presentations, the students were challenged with team activities such as tower and bridge building using spaghetti and marshmallows.

They also listened to a talk about HS2 from Fiona Hughes, Arup, and to an engineering ‘pitch’ from Julio Lacorzana, TYPSA, who first shared his career journey whcih you can see below.

Organised by the ICE London Graduates and Students Committee, the competition was supported by SCS Railways, TYPSA, Mott MacDonald, and Ramboll.

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  • Jemma Ralphs, regional marketing and communications manger at ICE