Students currently studying any of the construction disciplines can help challenge our established ways of working and make us see risk through new eyes. They bring lively thought and ideas to an industry that is often considered set in its ways and signpost routes to safer construction.
The winners and entrants to this year's APS annual student designer awards prove that the future of design and construction health and safety risk management is in good hands.
Third prize: Mohammed Shaed, Birmingham City University
Mohammed Shaed's project, The Forest School of Hydroponics, is the development of a small secondary school and a hydroponics production space for the community to use for the making of natural medication. The strategy is integrated as part of the landscape within Druids Heath, Birmingham, providing a semi-underground building with green roofs, roof lights and soft and hard landscape. The development comprises of classrooms, laboratories, hydroponics production and community spaces.
Second prize: Daniel Tomko, Birmingham City University
This was a complex brief consisting of three distinctive uses incorporating a sustainable research facility for urban farming, a visitors’ centre with lecture theatre located in a 20m cantilever plus exhibition gallery running in parallel, and an archive above the visitors’ centre counterbalancing the weight of the cantilever and establishing an architectural statement.
First prize: Faye Sedgewick, Northumbria University
Faye Sedgewick's project promotes intergenerational living aimed at tackling the older people living in Newcastle upon Tyne, who are facing challenges of social segregation, loneliness and maintaining their independence. This mixed-use development minimises the potential risks to the well-being of a diverse community, whilst respecting the historic and social legacy of the Keelmen and the local context.