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supporting young people living in regeneration areas to explore careers in design

The Beyond Boundaries team at HTA Design, in collaboration with SeerBridge, has launched their next initiative aimed at encouraging young people living in regeneration areas to engage in the exploration of design and construction. Beyond Boundaries aims to help develop pathways to sector related training, further education and careers in the built environment through innovative and engaging programmes.

The Lego Design and Build Competition involves 8 teams of 6 young people (aged 11-15 years) taking up the challenge to ‘Design a prototype house or apartment that reflects life beyond 2020’ with an interest also in the sharing of their design process.

Each team is given a pack of Lego with the aim of producing a model that is constrained to a 32 x 32 stud baseplate. As well as the final Lego brick based model, the competition is encouraging young people to utilise the software ‘Lego Digital Designer’ which has been made available to each team to support their idea creation and development process. Each team has mentor support and guidance from a member of the HTA design team.

HTA Architectural and BIM technician Salim is supporting a team from a youth club in the London borough of Greenwich with their Lego competition entry saying ‘The young people have so much energy and valid ideas and I want to see them encouraged, be inspired and succeed. I look forward to seeing them realise their ideas and what they can achieve. The whole experience is worthwhile for me personally and I hope for the young people as well.’

At the end of the competition, there will be an exhibition of all of the designs, and prizes awarded for the most imaginative and well-conceived designs. The judges will include Ben Derbyshire, President of the RIBA, Peter Murray from NLA, and Claire Bennie from Municipal.

Mike De’Ath, Partner at HTA Design said ‘We’re really excited to launch our next Beyond Boundaries initiative. All of our programmes promote creativity and design awareness supporting children and young people to realise their potential. Lego is a fantastic tool to engage young people in constructive problem solving whilst developing teamwork and communication skills.’

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