Competition Promoter

The competition client is Hilson Moran. The competition is being managed and administered by Hilson Moran to whom all queries relating to the competition should be addressed. 


The competition is open to all students currently studying for a Degree or Masters qualification in an engineering subject relating to the built environment, such as: 

  • Building Services
  • Environmental Design and Engineering
  • Low Energy in Building Services Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Low Carbon Building Design and Modelling
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Sustainable and Built Environments
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Competition Format

The competition will follow the Open design competition format and will be organised in the following stages: 

Stage One

Submission of concept designs/thoughts which will be assessed anonymously.

Stage Two

A shortlist of five designs will be selected and teams will be invited to submit and present their developed ideas to the judging panel. 

How to Enter

Competition entries should be submitted to and must strictly adhere to the submission and format requirements, which are set out here.

Evaluation Criteria

Stage One 

  • Overall quality of the approach and the proposals
  • Response to the question
  • Inventiveness and imagination
  • Clarity of presentation 

Stage Two 

  • Ability to convey and back up future ideas with depth of research
  • Clear presentation and communication of ideas to explain the ethos behind the thoughts 

Declaration of Authorship and Acceptance of Competition Regulations

The declaration form acknowledges authorship of the design ideas, and by signing it, competitors agree to abide by the competition conditions and the decision of the Judging Panel as final. The completed declaration form should be uploaded to the digital entry system along with the design submission. 


The winner will receive £1000 and the opportunity of a paid internship in one of Hilson Moran’s UK offices for a period of up to 6 months. The runner up will receive £500 and third place will receive £250.

Judging Panel

The Judging Panel (which may be subject to change) is expected to comprise: 

  • Nigel Clark  -  Technical Director, Hilson Moran
  • Farai Mwashita - Mechanical Design Engineer, Hilson Moran
  • Wei Jiao - Senior Development Manager, Westminster City Council
  • Prof Peter Wynne Rees - Professor of Places & City Planning, UCL Faculty of Built Environment
  • Keith Priest - Founding Partner, Fletcher Priest Architects LLP
  • Martin Quinn - Project Manager, Great Portland Estates
  • Richard Halsey - Programme Manager, ES Catapult

Competition Timetable

The anticipated programme, which may be subject to variation, can be found here.


Questions relating to the Competition Brief and Conditions must be submitted to Hilson Moran by emailing before close of business 10 April 2017.  A statement in response to all questions raised will be emailed to registered competitors by 13 April 2017.

Members of the judging panel or employees of Hilson Moran should not be contacted for information as this may lead to disqualification from the competition. 


Submissions shall be excluded from the Competition:

  • If a Competitor shall attempt to improperly influence the decision
  • If received after the latest time stated under Stage One Submission Method
  • If, in the opinion of the Judging Panel, it does not fulfil the requirements of the Competition Brief
  • If any of the mandatory requirements of the Competition Brief and Conditions are disregarded

Notification of Result/Publicity

The competition results will be published after all competitors have been notified. Please note that any requests for feedback should be submitted to Hilson Moran within one calendar month of a shortlist, or a result being announced. 

Competitors must not release their information for publication to any 3rd parties until after the shortlist or result has been officially announced and permission has been granted from Hilson Moran. Competitors should note that by entering the competition they are expected to honour the request for confidentiality to prevent information of the shortlist or the winning team being leaked to the Press before any official announcement is made. 

Hilson Moran reserve the right to publicise the competition, any design submission, and the result in any promotional activity, including all social media channels, they consider fit. Illustrations of any design – either separately or together with other designs, with or without explanatory text – may be used without cost. Once anonymity has been lifted, authors will be credited and recognised in all associated media and publicity. This information will be taken from the declaration form so please ensure the details are accurate. 


The ownership of copyright will be in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 i.e. Copyright rests with the author of the submitted design, unless ownership has been granted to Hilson Moran via a licensing agreement. It is a condition of entry that the entrant agrees to transfer ownership of the copyright to Hilson Moran if required and that the entrant specifies the licence fee payable on such a transfer within their Stage Two submission.