Design Concrete competition

Design Concrete 2023 is a national student competition which encourages architecture students to explore the benefits of designing sustainably with concrete.

The 2023 project is to submit innovative concrete designs for a café, information centre, nature trail and/or bird-watching shelter within the bio-diverse setting of the Ouse Fen Nature Reserve.

The competition is designed to be incorporated into university course work by meeting key curriculum requirements and is aimed at students in their second and third years of study although alternative course structures are also eligible.

Each university will be asked to select a maximum of three students’ work for submission

Independent submissions of work from students whose universities are not embedding the competition brief within their course will also be reviewed and considered.

  • Registration is open from 16th July 2022 - 16th December 2022
  • Submissions to be made between 9th January 2023 – 16th April 2023
  • For further details on the brief and entry requirements click here
  • To download the site information click here


To register your interest in entering the Design Concrete 2023 competition please complete the form below. The competition is open to all UK schools of architecture and the built environment and is aimed at undergraduate students.  

The brief will focus on low carbon and sustainable solutions using concrete for a new visitor's centre or similar, in the Ouse Fen Nature Reserve – the site of a former quarry. More details will be provided online and to those registering an interest.

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