Competition Information

Who can enter this competition?

The competition is open to all pupils who will be in years 5 and 6 in the 2019-20 Academic Year.

Applications can only be accepted from pupils from primary schools in the Liverpool City Region; Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, and Wirral.

Whilst we expect that most submissions will come through schools, we do also welcome submissions from pupils who wish to enter individual designs in their own time, provided they meet the above criteria.

The activities have been designed for pupils of all abilities with appropriate teaching support.

100% of pupils strongly agreed / agreed with the following:

  • it was fun
  • they would like to do more work like this
  • they would recommend the workshop to other people their age.

Pupils also thought the following:

  • it was interesting, 96%
  • it made them think more about the environment, 96%
  • they learned something new, 93%
  • they learned about architecture and buildings, 93%
  • they felt they could talk to others about their ideas, 93%

How long will the competition take to deliver?

We have split the programme into 6 sections, each with a selection of activities. Each theme should be deliverable within approximately 1 hour, with the exception of Activity 5, for which 2 hours is recommended.

We expect that the delivery of the House of the Future programme will take a minimum of a full school day, with up to two days being recommended. There is significant scope for additional extended learning.

Is the competition for groups or individuals?

We recommend that pupils work in small groups of 3-4 in order to promote teamwork, prompt discussions and cut down on the resources needed. However, if individual submissions are more suitable for your pupils, this is permissable.

Individuals can apply in their own time provided they meet the age and location requirements outlined above. Anyone submitting on this basis should state ‘n/a’ on the ‘Name of School’ section of the application, and parent/guardian’s contact details should be provided.

What do pupils need to submit?

Each group or individual entry should include a maximum of 4 x A3 sheets comprising of:

  • A3 House of the Future Design Process: 1 or 2 x A3 sheet(s) per individual or team outlining their design and learning process
  • A3 House of the Future Final Design: 1 or 2 x A3 sheet(s) per individual or team which visually shows sketches and information about their house, including photographs of their model if one was produced.

A minimum of 1 x A3 sheet from each of the above is required.

Example design process

How do I submit?

Our preferred submission response is via post as it allows us to have the original work for potential inclusion in the exhibition, and to ensure the quality of the images are not lost in reproduction. However, we can also accept entries via email if required.

By post: Sarah Lovell, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, 12 Floor, 1 Mann Island, Liverpool, L3 1BP.

Email: Scan and send each entry to: Please ensure each group or individual entry is sent as one single email, with a maximum email size of 10MB.

Please ensure every sheet has:

  • Name of school
  • School contact name and address
  • Entrant(s) name and year group

What do I do with the work after submitting?

If you have sent the original sheets via post, please keep any models for 6 weeks afterwards.

If you have sent your submissions via email, please keep your original sheets and models for 6 weeks afterwards. If you send them before the summer break, please keep them over the summer holidays until the end of the first week of the new term.

This will allow the team to identify any work that they may like to display in the exhibition. After this time you are free to keep or dispose of the models as you wish.

In all instances, people ensure you have photographs of your models and you have access to the original files as we may also wish to use these for the exhibition.

Photographs of the workshop

We would love to collect photographs of the pupils in action for this website and social media. If you have photos you can share, please send them attaching this ‘Photo Permission Slip (link)’ to:

What are the dates of the competition?

  • Competition Open: 17th June 2019
  • Deadline for receipt of submissions: 29th November 2019
  • Winners announced: December 2019
  • Exhibition: January / February 2020

Who will be judging the entries?

We have a prestigious panel of judges including:

  • Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region
  • Danielle Gillespie, General Manager, Homes England
  • Mairi Johnson, Director of Estates, National Museums Liverpool
  • Paul Monaghan, Liverpool City Region Design Champion and founding partner of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Barbara Spicer, Chief Executive at Plus Dane Housing Group Limited.

What are the prizes?

There will be 3 prizes for submissions from groups as follows:

  • 1st Prize, £100 gift vouchers to be shared within the group
  • 2nd Prize, £60 gift vouchers to be shared within the group
  • 3rd Prize, £40 gift vouchers to be shared within the group

There will be 3 prizes for submissions from individuals as follows:

  • 1st Prize, £25 gift vouchers
  • 2nd Prize, £15 gift vouchers
  • 3rd Prize, £10 gift vouchers

All 1st Prize winners from both categories will also receive a family ferry ticket.

There will also be the ‘Metro Mayor’s Prize‘. The winner will receive:

  • Gift vouchers equivalent to the 1st Prize amount above (either £100 if a group or £25 for an individual)
  • Family Ferry Ticket
  • Their designs worked up into a professional architects drawing by Owen Ellis Architects.

All winners work will be displayed in the public exhibition in autumn. Winners will be invited, along with their family and teacher, to attend the exhibition launch and prize giving.

Why are we doing this competition?

The competition for schools is being run as part of a Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCR CA) initiative to promote, improve and raise the quality of Design in the Built Environment. We want to highlight and encourage awareness amongst children and young people of the issues associated with good design processes and how these are connected with thinking about the environment, sustainability, low carbon and inclusivity.  These aren’t just issues for the City Region but are national and global concerns for our present and future generations – we want to listen and learn from young people about how we can design and build better!

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