Winners of the MEMF School Competition 2023 Announced

This year, the MEMF school competition drew over 850 young people from across the UK to find out more about the Built Environment all around them. The entries we received exceeded our expectations with their innovation, creativity, and care for their local community and the built environment. Their passion was evident in their thoughtful and sustainable designs for a redevelopment of a building or space in their local area, with entries from young people of ages 11 to 19.

Our expert panel of judges has reviewed all the entries and has selected a winning proposal from each age category, as well as several honourable mentions. We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2023 MEMF School Competition and look forward to continuing to inspire and support young innovators across the UK.

Community refuge from Channing School (ages 11-13)

This entry chose a space of over 1000 cubic meters of concrete in North London and suggested transforming it into a community refuge with a hall and garden. The proposal presented detailed designs of the new space and demonstrated a commitment to bringing the local community together to foster a sense of safety and connection. The judges were impressed by the thoughtfulness behind the building’s new purpose and the innovative sustainable designs.

Sustainable Sips from Malvern College (ages 14-16)

This submission successfully transforms a dilapidated space into an eco-friendly restaurant where students, teachers, and locals can come together to socialize and unwind. The proposal has strategically chosen a derelict building, formerly a nursery, to revitalize into a vibrant social hub for the community, complete with its own garden to supply the kitchens and plenty of spaces for locals to work and relax.

The Reach Cultural & Educational Centre from John Mason School (ages 17-18)

This proposal transforms the Upper Reaches hotel into a cultural and educational centre that aims to collaborate with the local community and businesses, fostering cultural unity and supporting the increasing refugee population. The proposal thoroughly investigates multiple ways to ensure the building’s sustainability and presents a compelling case for a sustainable business model. The judges were impressed by the proposal’s alignment with the UN Sustainability Goals.

We would like to highlight the outstanding achievement of the Scout Hall entry from Felpham Community College in the 11-14 age category. This entry successfully renovated the scout hall, making it more sustainable and better equipped to meet the needs of the local community. This accomplishment that should be recognized and celebrated.

To gain a closer look at the winning entries and their proposals, simply follow the link below. 

We greatly appreciate the participation of all the schools and students who took the time to enter the competition this year. Their contributions provide invaluable insights into the hopes and visions of the next generation for our future communities. We hope that by taking part, all students and teachers will be inspired to learn and connect with the built environment.

If you did not get the opportunity to enter this year, fear not for the competition will by running again next year and don’t forget to register on the MEMF website to stay update with all the news and information. Register today.

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