We are announcing the age category winners of the Young Persons’ Challenge at HOMES UK this week, one each day starting today Monday 30th November, culminating in the announcement of the overall winner on Thursday 3rd December.
Students from across the country were invited by Home of 2030 to let their imaginations run free by designing an innovative and inspirational green home that meets the changing needs of future generations, including promoting wellbeing, quality of life and healthy ageing.
TV personality and architect George Clarke, founder of educational challenge MOBIE who managed the competition, said “We launched this Young Persons’ challenge at the beginning this year and following an incredible response from schools, colleges and universities across the country we have had a heart searching process of longlisting, two rounds of shortlisting and a final selection of finalists”.
The winners and runners-up are as follows:
11-14 Years Age Category
Winner: Tilly Hilton, King Ecgbert School, Sheffield
Tilly’s design ‘Willow House’ aims to adapt for the changing needs of a growing family, an accessible, adaptable and affordable Home of 2030. You can watch a video with Tilly explaining her ideas here.
Runners-up: A team from Darwen Aldridge Community Academy comprising Ailsa Fox, Eva Robinson, Bethany White, Ava Schiel with ‘E-Homes’, which take the ‘E’ out of Electricity and put it into Eco they say. You can watch the team’s video here.
Congratulations to Tilly and the team from Darwen Academy.
14-16 Years Age Category
Winner: A team from Nottingham Girls Academy comprising Kyra-Marie Winfield, Harmanjeet Kaur, Amelia-Harris Woodward.
The team submitted a design for ‘Chainlink Communities’, homes that are safe, communal and sustainable homes for every family. You can watch the team’s video here.
Runner-up: Zoe Porter, Darwen Aldridge Community Academy. Zoe’s ‘House for Life’ aims to be the perfect family home which is adjustable through all stages of your life. A home which is suitable for those who want to expand a family and for those who do not.
Congratulations to Nottingham Girls Academy and Zoe!
16-18 Years Age Category
Winner: A team from Oxted School comprising Freddie Chalmers, Olly Good, Yasmine Hayes, Annabelle Smith & Martha Smith.
The team proposed ‘Honeycomb Housing’, a modular housing system that takes inspiration from hexagonal shapes derived from biomimicry. The idea is that you can purchase more pods as your family grows and extend your home based on your needs. You can watch the video from the team here.
Runner-up: Jessica Rayif-Pearson, Harlow College, with ‘Interlock’ a modular system that is highly portable and adaptable, allowing homes to increase or decrease in size over time. The concept allows people to configure their homes to the specific needs of their family, site and personal taste.
A special mention also to Luke Camp from Harlow College who received a highly commended from the judges.
Congratulations to the Oxted School team, Jessica from Harlow College and all of the finalists who produced terrific work!
18-25 Years Age Category
Winner: Rachael Milliner, University of Nottingham
Rachael’s idea aims to reinvigorate sustainable urban living, bringing animals, urban farming and nature back into the built environment in a mutually beneficial way. Her submission entitled ‘Urban Co-Existing’ was inspired by the centenary of the Addison Act and was produced in collaboration with Nottingham City Homes. You can watch Rachael’s video here. Rachael also then went on to be announced as the overall winner of the Challenge (see below).
Runner-up: Ella Rogers, University of Nottingham. Ella’s design focuses on tackling social isolation within older generations. This is based on research showing that in the UK, 3.64 million people over the age of 65 live alone and that nearly 70% of these are women. You can hear from Ella here.
Many congratulations to Rachael and Ella, both from the University of Nottingham.
You can also view the full list of all the shortlisted students and teams here.
To view more information on the overall winner, click here.
The Young Persons’ Challenge is part of the wider Home of 2030 programme which includes a professional design competition, an innovation challenge, and public and industry engagement.