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Structural Concrete Competition 2014

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MPA The Concrete Centre, the central development organisation specific for the UK cement and concrete industry, has partnered with Laing O'Rourke to provide a student competition for engineering students across the UK. The competition offers a stimulating challenge to students and supports the curriculum of civil and structural engineering departments of UK universities. Operating on two levels, submissions are first judged at each university by the academic tutor(s); the winning submission is then entered for the national level of the competition by the tutor. Only one entry from each university can go forward for final judging at a national level. Prizes are available for the local and national winners.

The competition requires students to submit:

  • A conceptual design report.
  • Design calculations for the selected scheme superstructure.
  • Drawings of the selected scheme superstructure.
  • A sustainability appraisal.

This provides an opportunity to prepare elements of interest to prospective employers, some of whom are involved in setting and judging the competition.

Last year, the Structural Concrete Competition saw students from Imperial College London claim First Prize and the Sustainability Prize for their design of a luxury residential building close to the centre of a large UK town.

For this year’s competition, students are invited to design a school building within an existing school development in the suburbs of a large UK city. The full brief and more details can be downloaded from

Structural Concrete 2014 is open only to students studying for a degree at a UK university. Entries can be single, joint, or from teams of up to four students. The competition brief can easily be incorporated into existing university curricula and taught over the first, second or both terms. To enter the competition the university academic tutor(s) should register the university’s intention to participate by email to The details of the local winner and the completed entry form for the national competition must reach The Concrete Centre by Friday 13 June. The physical submission must reach The Concrete Centre by Friday 11 July.

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