Students win design contest

Four University engineering students have won a national competition with their design of a cycling hub.

The team came out on top in the inaugural contest, held by the Timber Research and Development Association, TRADA, to design a landmark building for the city of Sheffield using British timber.

The success of fourth-year undergraduates Hannah McHugh, Nicola Wilson, Rory Gibson and Katharine Davis was announced at the Timber Expo at the NEC in Birmingham.

Tough competition

The Edinburgh team was one of six shortlisted entries chosen from 18 submissions in total from universities across the UK.

Their single-storey cycle storage centre uses sustainably sourced British larch, in a clean and elegant design that incorporates overlapping circular spaces centred around a glass atrium.

The competition was incorporated in to the students' third-year course Conceptual Design for Civil Engineers.

They are to attend an awards ceremony at the House of Lords at the beginning of 'Grown in Britain week', which will highlight the growth and use of British timber.

Included in the high-profile judging panel were designer Wayne Hemingway, Julian Huppert MP, Co-Chairman of the APPCG, and several leading timber designers.

Congratulations to our students, who are very worthy winners. This success is very reassuring feedback to our approach to teaching design for civil engineers.

Tim StratfordSchool of Engineering