University of Nottingham student wins the Home of 2030 Young Persons’ Challenge

Rachael Milliner, a student at the University of Nottingham, is the overall winner of the Home of 2030 Young Persons’ Challenge.

Rachael Milliner, a student at the University of Nottingham, is the overall winner of the Home of 2030 Young Persons’ Challenge. 

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.

Announcing the winner at HOMES UK, TV personality and architect George Clarke, founder of educational charity MOBIE who managed the competition, said “We launched this Young Persons’ challenge at the beginning of 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. Many congratulations to Rachael who is a worthy overall winner and congratulations to all the students who have taken part”.

Minister of State for Housing Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP said: “The Home of 2030 Young Persons’ competition showcases the tremendous skills, talent and vision of the younger generation when asked to  grapple with some of the biggest questions about our future, including tackling climate change as part of our ambitious plans to make new homes ready for zero carbon emissions. I’d like to congratulate Rachael on her innovative winning design and thank all the young people who entered for their great contributions to one of the key issues of our time, and the future.”

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 that introduced council housing into the UK and was produced in collaboration with Nottingham City Homes. The design focuses on the Meadows Estate in Nottingham, reinvigorating the area with urban farming spaces giving residents access to fresh, healthy food.

Rachael said: “This project explores a creative, but by no means new, way of rethinking the current way we live out our lives. Only by decentralising our resources and living with an intent of sustainability can we bring a new typology into the urban environment to help tackle the housing crisis but also live kinder to our planet”.

You can view a video of Rachael explaining her ideas here.

The Young Persons’ Challenge was divided into four categories:

11-14 Years Age Category

  • Winner: Tilly Hilton, King Ecgbert School, Sheffield
  • Runners-up: A team from Darwen Aldridge Community Academy comprising Ailsa Fox, Eva Robinson, Bethany White, Ava Schiel

14-16 Years Age Category

  • Winner: A team from Nottingham Girls Academy comprising Kyra-Marie Winfield, Harmanjeet Kaur, Amelia-Harris Woodward
  • Runner-up: Zoe Porter, Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

16-18 Years Age Category

  • Winner: A team from Oxted School comprising Freddie Chalmers, Olly Good, Yasmine Hayes, Annabelle Smith & Martha Smith
  • Runner-up: Jessica Rayif-Pearson, Harlow College

18-25 Years Age Category

  • Winner: Rachael Milliner, University of Nottingham
  • Runner-up: Ella Rogers, University of Nottingham

You can view the full list of all the shortlisted students and teams here. The Young Persons’ Challenge was part of a wider Home of 2030 programme which includes a professional design competition, an innovation challenge, and public and industry engagement.

The students who have participated in the Challenge will now be invited to meet and communicate with teams from the professional design competition to help create a lasting legacy for Home of 2030.