Sports Venue Design Competition

Waltham Forest student wins prestigious Sports Venue Design Competition

Heathcote School and Science College singled out for excellence in design and engineering contest

Year 9 student Jonathan Hoey named top young designer in London-wide sports venue design and engineering competition with his entry titled ‘The Eye Arena’ with Heathcote School and Science college to receive 3D scale model of the winning design, a visit by an Olympian and an exclusive visit to the Olympic Park.

London, 30 April 2010: Arup, the global design, engineering and planning firm, today announces the winner of its Sports Venue Design Competition. In partnership with SportsAid, the Construction Youth Trust, and the Royal Academy of Engineering, Arup invited students aged 12-14 from across London to design and submit plans for a new sports venue. The winning entry was submitted by Jonathan Hoey at Heathcote School and Science College in Waltham Forest, who battled it out through three stages to win the competition.

Thirty entries from 11 participating schools across the Capital were submitted and of these, 15 were shortlisted, with 10 finalists competing for the prestigious accolade. All contestants were judged on a range of criteria, including aesthetics of the build design, sustainability, structure and legacy to the local community. The winning design demonstrated a thorough understanding of the criteria, as well as end user needs.

The finals took place on 29 April at Arup’s headquarters in London and the prizes include a 3D scale model of the winning team’s venue design made by Arup consultants, a visit to their school by an Olympian and an exclusive visit to the Olympic Park. Finally, the Ove Arup Foundation is contributing £1,000 of prize money to the winning school.

A runners-up plate was also awarded to Mill Hill County High School. The judging panel included Bill Grose, Arup; Jerome Frost, Olympic Delivery Authority; Sara Klomps, Zaha Hadid Architects; Jamie Blundell, SportsAid Arup Award athlete and Sarah Winckless, the two-times world champion rower on behalf of SportsAid.

Bill Grose, Arup says: "Through this competition we have unearthed some truly creative and talented young design engineers. The winner, Jonathan Hoey at Heathcote School and Science College, demonstrated a remarkable understanding and grasp of sports venue design and should be extremely proud of his achievements, in what was a very well fought and competitive contest. Arup is delighted to have conceived this project and will continue to support schools and raise awareness and enthusiasm within the engineering, design and construction industry."