JCT Student Competition 2016

Skills, education and BIM spark student’s creativity

Whether using the written word, video, visual graphics or designs – creativity, innovation and providing practical solutions were all hallmarks of winning students’ work in the JCT Student Competition 2016.

The 2016 competition ran from 9 September 2015 to 16 March 2016 with judging taking place on Thursday 26 May. Students from over 40 institutions around the UK entered the competition, continuing the high level of interest and value that the competition generates for construction students.

This year’s competition asked for creative ideas and solutions to address a range of industry topics and
issues, including: skills shortages, sustainability, collaboration, BIM, and technology. In recognition of
the different learning requirements of courses and the variety of requirements for different disciplines, the options by which students could enter the competition were broadened.

As well as traditional essay pieces, the competition saw students submit videos, architectural designs and drawings, graphic essays and presentations. The range of different types of entries correlates with the feedback from judges to focus on creativity and the originality of the ideas presented.

The judging panel for 2016 comprised experts in construction law, education and skills, and the media,
and included: Tony Bingham (Barrister and Arbitrator, 3 Paper Buildings, Temple), Neil Gower (JCT Chief Executive, Alan Jones (Course Leader, BSC Building Services Quantity Surveying, University College of Estate Management (UCEM)), Daniel Kemp (Features Editor, Construction News), and Christine Townley (Executive Director, Construction Youth Trust).

The JCT student competition continues to be very successful throughout the industry, and particularly within the education sector. JCT is committed to improving the understanding and learning of construction contracts and the competition is an important feature to enable us to provide contact and support to students, future JCT contract users. As the competition has become established, it has also evolved over time, recognising the different ways in which construction students learn and the various industry backgrounds and disciplines from which students are drawn.

The JCT Student Competition aims to provide a significant boost to construction students, to assist with their studies, and provide development opportunities. This year a winning prize of £1,000 was awarded, with £250 prizes for runners-up. The winners were announced on Thursday 9 June via press release, and on JCT’s social media pages.

The winning entries are available to view in full on the JCT website at: http://corporate.jctltd.co.uk/initiatives/education-students/jct-student-competition/.


JCT Student Competition 2016: Winners

Tom Haworth, Westminster University, Professional Practice in Architecture RIBA Part III
“Work Placements For The Student’s Benefit, Not Their Employer’s”

Judges’ comments: “An original idea, set out in a clear and individual turn of voice. Not only creative,
but sets out a real-world practical solution, that we hope the candidate has the opportunity to develop and take forward into the industry .”

Peter Dorrell, Greenwich University, Design and Construction Management
“The United Kingdom’s Construction Skill Shortage”

Judges’ comments: “A great deal of care, work and effort to produce both a quality essay and video. Precise and clear, keeping to the point exceptionally well”

Samuel Kapasa, RIBA North West, Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture (ADDPA,Part III)
“TALK: BIM and the Future of Communication Protocol”

Judges’ comments: “An original and exciting presentation that prompts discussion. An interesting idea that is clear to follow and well constructed.”