Following the success of last year’s Velocity in British Timber design competition – which was won by a group of students from the University of Edinburgh – TRADA has announced a brand new competition for 2015, with an even bigger prize fund.

Leaving behind wheels in favour of wings, the new competition – dubbed Airspeed – will task architectural and engineering students from across the country with designing brand new landmark timber structures within the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington to celebrate the pioneers of aviation and provide secure accommodation for the largest jet and propeller-driven aircraft.

The design brief will include developing an operational and display hangar suitable for aircraft with a wingspan of up to 35m and tail height of 10m that will also provide a visitor link to the existing T2 hangar at the museum.

In addition to the hangar, students are also asked to design, from timber, a replacement for the current gateway with one befitting of Airspeed’s place in history.

The deadline for entries will be 5th June 2015, with a shortlist produced shortly after. There will then be a final judging event in early July and an awards ceremony in autumn where the winners will be announced.

Anyone interested in entering the Airspeed competition should complete and return a Notice of Intent form before Friday 13th March 2015 in order to receive the necessary supplementary information.

The Notice of Intent is included at the end of the Airspeed brief which is now available for download.

All entries should be submitted to:

Airspeed Competition, TRADA
Chiltern House
Stocking Lane
High Wycombe
HP14 4ND

Ian Reed   Director Yorkshire Air Museum
Patrick Shepherd         Deputy Group Chairman, Shepherd Construction and Yorkshire Air Museum patron
Mike Cook   Buro Happold
Simon Smith   Smith and Wallwork
Charlie Law   BAM Construct UK Ltd (and Chair of Grown in Britain Contractors Group)
Elizabeth Turner   TRADA


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We are currently looking for companies to offer sponsorship for the event. There are three levels of sponsorship – Gold, Silver and Bronze. If you would like to sponsor the competition or want more information, contact our university liaison manager, Elizabeth Turner at


Airpseed is supported by our media partners:


Blueprint Magazine - Supporters of Velocity in British timber          TTJ - Supporter of Velocity in British timber



Airspeed was only possible because of the success of TRADA's inaugural national student design competition Velocity in British Timber. The competition required students to design a cycling super-hub for Sheffield and proved hugely popular, with students from 18 universities across Britain submitting entries.

Although the Velocity in British Timber competition is now closed, lecturers are welcome to use the Velocity brief as practice for their students.


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