Southside Hereford: University Design Challenge 2022

The winners of the Timber Development UK Hereford Southside University Design Challenge (#TDchallenge22) were announced on 22 September following an incredibly competitive nine-month process.

Across more than 150 students from 57 universities, the winning team were selected at a live two-day event at the New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMITE).

This competition has been an incredible journey, orchestrated with our Head of Education and Engagement Tab Binding, our partners, and the students.


We are in the planning process for next year’s TDUK University Challenge. If you are an ambitious student who is passionate about taking on the climate crisis, be sure to register your interest here!

The winners

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Congratulations to the winners Alice Senior (University of Portsmouth), Malwina Bartoszewicz (Edinburgh Napier University), Johanna Schwarting (Swansea University), Kyle Henderson (Robert Gordon University), Daniela Lopez (University of Gloucestershire), Ali Uddin (The University of Edinburgh), and Deepak Sadhwani (Cardiff University / Prifysgol Caerdydd).

We know that all the #students who participated are going to go on to do great things as we build a better, lower-carbon, and more sustainable future. We hope to see you again next year.

#TDChallenge22 is a multidisciplinary competition which seeks to break down silos and build a learning environment which empowers our future #architects#engineers, and #designers to build low-carbon using #wood.

The competition this year was based on a live project to design a net zero community centre, showcasing timber construction and meeting #Passivhaus Standard.

With sustainable #timber an inherently #lowcarbon building material, which can act as a form of carbon capture and storage when used in long-term building products, it is essential our future #specifiers learn how to use it.

#TDChallenge22 is unique, as it simulates for these students what it is like to work in multidisciplinary teams – as they do in the real world – and provides them with skills and experience which get noticed by employers.

It is unique, pulling together multi-disciplinary teams from multiple universities to give students a real taste of what is like to work in the industry, collaborating and problem-solving with other individuals to meet a client brief.

Not only does the competition do this, but it also gives all of the required skills and tools for them to provide considered and appropriate designs to limit their solution’s impact on the global climate crisis, an absolute necessity right now, and something professional teams often struggle with.

The entries were outstanding, the presentations were engaging and the answers to our questions were intelligent and well thought through. Congratulations to all of the teams!

Kelly HarrisonAssociate Director, Whitby Wood and TDUK Board Member

The students came up with some really buildable and very well thought out schemes, where they considered structures, environmental performance and a whole range of other aspects. The quality of the responses was very high, with some excellent and innovative approaches to the brief.

Anthony ThistletonFounder and Director, Waugh Thistleton Architects and TDUK Board Member

The students tackled a tricky multi-client brief whilst tracking the golden thread of environmental excellence through their design iterations - I have no doubt that the rigour needed to familiarise themselves with the Passivhaus design outcome will stand them in good stead in their career progression, and the judges particularly appreciated the enthusiasm and energy they brought to this through inter-disciplinary collaboration.

Lynne Sullivan OBEArchitect, LSA Studio

The #TDChallenge22 brought together interdisciplinary students, companies, sponsors, judges, and educators from across the UK, resulting in a phenomenal display of competence, energy and commitment to sustainability and learning. I was proud to have been a judge and that NMITE was a partner organisation and a host to the competition. Well done everyone!

Professor Elena Rodriguez-Falcon FIET, PFHEA, FCMIPresident & Chief Executive, NMITE

It was great to be involved in judging the entries, I thought all the students did fantastically well.

Richard Pidduck SmithTrustee, Belmont Wanderers

I was impressed with the commitment and team spirit that we saw from all the entrants. A challenge like this is not about winning or losing, the main thing that all the students can take away from it is that they put their egos to one side and learnt what's involved in working together as a team. That is a real-life skill which will be a great help to them, and a great benefit to their employers, in the future.

The Passive House brief of #TDChallenge22 allowed them to take their first steps on what will hopefully be whole careers of designing only genuine energy efficient buildings.

Mike WhitfieldDirector, Mike Whitfield Construction Ltd

An incredible event showcasing some of the future minds of construction. The quality of submissions was incredibly high and presented by the teams with such great confidence. Given cost was not a main discipline of the competitors, all groups approached the costing component with great consideration providing detailed measures and evidence of costs. Well done all involved.

Michael HughesAssociate Director, Cast Consultancy

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