Southside Hereford: University Design Challenge 2022

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Timber Development UK – the organisation formed from the merger of TRADA and Timber Trade Federation – is delighted to introduce Southside Hereford: University Design Challenge, an exciting competition for both current built environment students and 2021 graduates from across the UK.

 

In inter-disciplinary design teams of 4–8 members, you are invited to design an exemplary community building that produces more energy than it consumes – for Southside in Hereford.

 

Timber Development UK is partnering with New Model Institute of Technology and Engineering (NMITE), Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) and the Passivhaus Trust, to challenge built environment students, as well as recent graduates, to form multi-disciplinary teams to create a ‘net-zero community centre’ based on timber and timber-hybrid systems.

 

The launch 

Join us to find out more about the challenge at the World of Wood Festival event Upskilling our future built environment professionals, taking place both in-person at the Building Centre and online on 30 November 2021 at 6pm. Register here 

 

The challenge

Timber Development UK University Design Challenge 2022: Southside Hereford is launched in partnership with the New Model Institute of Technology and Engineering (NMITE), Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) and the Passivhaus Trust.

 

Southside Hereford will provide a vibrant, inspiring and inclusive sports, food and skills community focal point for the people of South Wye. Southside is a collaboration between two highly energised established community organisations Growing Local CIC and Belmont Wanderers CIC, and NMITE, all of whom share a common goal to improve the future health, well-being, life-chances and employment skillset of the people of South Wye and Hereford.

 

We are inviting built environment students and 2021 graduates from UK universities to take part in this exciting and fun challenge, where you will have the opportunity to: collaborate and work as a member of a design team; learn from a host of professionals at the forefront of modern construction; shape the way we live and work in the future; have your work published online, in print or displayed at shows; and win cash prizes.

 

As a team, you will be tasked with designing the heart of the project which is a single physical building – Southside which will accommodate all partners.

 

Teams must produce designs that sites the community centre within the local context and landscape, integrating the client's and community's interests.

 

The detailed designs must be ‘net zero’, creatively employing sustainable building materials and construction methods, and be energy and resource efficient, focusing on the health and well-being of people, the community, and our planet. Designed for longevity, adaptability, circularity and a warming climate and producing more energy than it requires, MMC and DfMA should be explored.

 

The main material focus and specification for the centre will be timber and timber hybrid systems. Your team's detailed design for the building will meet the Passivhaus Standard and exceed the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge targets.

 

Work together in teams

Why inter-disciplinary teams? A housing scheme that is fit for purpose, on time and on budget is delivered by a good interactive multi-disciplinary design team. They design and build great schemes because they find efficient and economic solutions to any design challenge through understanding, appreciating and learning from each other.

 

Business as usual is no longer an option. We need great inter-disciplinary teams to create carbon neutral, desirable buildings and vibrant communities.

 

We would encourage you to form inter-disciplinary teams that consist of at least four members with a maximum of eight members per team. You can self-select and form your own teams, or we can help you form a team from registered individuals. Team registration opens in February.

 

Team members will take on the different but essential roles required to design and deliver a holistic scheme. Within your team, you should assign roles for the following core professions:

  • Architect or architectural technologist
  • Structural or civil engineer
  • Quantity surveyor or project manager
  • Landscape architect or urban designer

 

When in teams made of more than four, you may want to include:

  • Building services engineer
  • Interior designer
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • A second member from the core professions above
  • Another distinct role relevant to your scheme

 

You will be asked to identify the roles that team members have assumed and demonstrate how your various disciplines have collaborated to produce your designs.

 

Exclusive – interactive webinars & workshops

In order to design, specify, manufacture and construct high quality timber buildings that are carbon neutral, desirable, long lasting, economic to construct and economic to run, inter-disciplinary design teams must be climate literate, understand what sustainable timber is, what timber and timber products are available, and how to use them effectively.

 

However, don't feel overwhelmed! We have put together a comprehensive series of webinars, which will introduce you to associations, professionals, resources, research and products in order to increase your knowledge and confidence. 

 

These online evening webinars will run throughout January and February 2022.

 

Prizes

There are four winning places, with cash prizes for each team member:

 

  • 1st team members receive £250;
  • 2nd team members receive £150;
  • 3rd team members receive £100; and
  • 4th team members receive £50.

 

All participants will also receive a certificate for participating.

 

Entry requirements

To participate in this challenge, you must be a current UK student or a 2021 UK graduate of a built environment subject. This includes students and graduates of architecture, architectural technology, structural or civil engineering, surveying, landscape architecture, and interior design.

 

However, this list is not exhaustive so please get in touch with TRADA's Tabitha Binding if you are unsure whether you are eligible to participate.

 

How to participate

Fill in this form to register your interest 

 

Once your registration has been accepted, you will receive all the information you need to know via email. This includes invitations to the series of exclusive, interactive evening webinars, where you will meet other participating students and graduates, and access to the full brief once it becomes available. At this point, you can either create your own team, or wait to be placed into a team with other participants, and begin the challenge.

 

Timescale

30 November 2021:
Official launch of the competition takes place at 18:00  | Online and in-person at the Building Centre.

 

14 December 2021:
Climate Literary webinar and introduction to software | Online.

 

21 December 2021:
Launch of Brief with clients | Online.

 

4 & 6 January 2022:
Student engagement evenings and team forming.

 

10 January – 4 March 2022:
Webinar series and workshops activities. These will run in the early evening to avoid clashing with work or studies.

 

18 April 2022:
Deadline for submission of entries.

 

May 2022:
Judging takes place.

 

June 2022:
Awards ceremony – date to be confirmed.

 

Background

The #StrongerHereford Town Investment Plan

Through public surveys, open forums, hundreds of 1:1 sessions and online interaction with the people of Hereford, the #StrongerHereford board was launched to bid into the Government Stronger Towns Fund. The outcome  is a vision with five long-term themes: Greenest, Fairest, Creative, Digital, and Connected. #StrongerHereford has been awarded £22.4 million for regeneration projects in the city in line with the Governments levelling-up agenda.

 

“Hereford aspires to be one of the greenest and fairest cities in the country, with fantastic opportunities and quality of life for people of all ages. Deeply rooted in our unique rural heritage, we’re blossoming into a richly creative, digital, connected and highly-skilled place to live, work study, invest and visit.”

 

Read the full Town Investment Plan (TIP) or watch the video below for a snapshot of the shortlisted projects. Southside is project No. 15 – pages 70-72

 

Southside will provide a vibrant, inspiring and inclusive sports, food and skills community focal point for the people of South Wye, the most deprived element of Hereford’s population. Southside is a collaboration between two highly energised established community organisations Growing Local CIC and Belmont Wanderers CIC, and NMITE, all of whom share a common goal to improve the future health, well-being, life-chances and employment skillset of the people of South Wye and Hereford. The heart of the project will be the creation of a single physical building - Southside - which will accommodate all partners.