Helpful hints

  • We are looking for your original ideas about creative solutions that would improve construction on the topics of skills shortages, sustainability, collaboration, BIM, technology, or health and wellbeing.
  • There is no limitation on the scope of your entry, or the type of idea. What we are looking for is original thinking, creativity, interesting proposals or solutions and well considered ideas.
  • Written entries, e.g. essays, papers, or articles, should not exceed 2500 words.
  • Video entries should not exceed five minutes.
  • Drawings and designs can be on paper or computer designs, as long as JCT is able to access the material appropriately without having to download specialist software. 2D or 3D designs are perfectly acceptable.
  • Photographic essays should include clear explanations alongside any imagery to clarify your work.
  • Prize-winning entries may vary enormously in the way they are presented. However, they will invariably engage the judge’s attention in an interesting and thoughtful manner. Judges will be looking for originality, imagination, creativity, clarity of thought, and demonstration of care and effort.
  • Some candidates will wish to research the topic, consulting more than one identifiable source of information, and include quotations. All quotes should be attributed either in the text or by means of footnotes, and all sources listed at the end of the entry.
  • Do not plagiarise material. Judges have access to plagiarism software and the internet can easily identify material published online. Entries containing plagiarised material will be disqualified.