Winners of Riverside Sunderland University Design Challenge announced

The winners of the Riverside Sunderland University Design Challenge (#RSUDC21) have been announced following an incredibly competitive six-month event. From a group of more than 300 students from 39 universities and 27 interdisciplinary teams, the winners of #RSUDC21 were selected following a live event where students presented their projects to a panel of expert judges representing the best of UK construction.

#RSUDC21 encouraged students to design, engineer, plan and cost a three-bed family home along with an indicative masterplan for 100 homes which meet RIBA2030 Climate Challenge targets.

Students from across the UK were invited in this competition to collaborate, innovate, and create future-facing designs which reimagine how residents might live, work, and play together in beautiful, low-carbon, and multi-generational housing. Designs from the teams include landscapes and streetscapes with green and open spaces against the backdrop of Riverside Sunderland, while making use of low-carbon materials with timber and timber-hybrid systems the main material focus of #RSUDC21.

The judges felt that the standard of entries was exceptionally high and that all of the teams excelled in creating designs that connected with the history and ambition of the area, and imagined how modern methods of construction and inclusive design would deliver a truly sustainable community.

Patrick Melia, chief executive of Sunderland City Council: “At the start of the programme I challenged the student community to inspire us with modern, aspirational, low carbon and integrated designs for the new homes and community on the Vaux site. You certainly didn’t let us down and we were absolutely astounded by the quality, flair, and diversity of the entries we received.

“Sunderland City Council really wants to provide the best homes and the best communities for its residents, and through challenges like this we hope that we can inspire young people to influence the future of our city and pursue careers and best practice in the housing and construction industry.”

The 1st placed winner was  Team M: Aidana Roberts, Cardiff University; Brian Cheuk Yan Ho, University of Bath; Chian Ying Xuan, University of Sheffield; Dakari Brathwaite, University of West London; Kersten Chandy Mathew, Cardiff University, Milda Klimanskyte; University of West London, Oisin Higgins, University College Dublin.

Students from all built environment courses at UK universities, from first to final year, along with 2020 graduates. More than 300 students from 39 UK universities participated in 2021. You can find out more about all the winners and highly commended at either the MOBIE, TRADA or CTI websites.

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