Tomorrow’s designers wow with timber multi-storey car park project

28 February 2018

A talented multidisciplinary team from some of Britain’s best-known universities has won TRADA’s undergraduate Urban Buzz competition to design a timber multi-storey car park.

Team 6 – comprising Edward Shaw and Wing Lam Lo from the University of Sheffield, Katy Horner from Edinburgh Napier University, Will Evans from Coventry University and Jure Zibret from Leicester School of Architecture, beat off eleven impressive rival teams to win the £2,000 top prize with their ground-breaking entry.

Some 60 students from 28 universities were given the timber multi-storey car park design challenge at the University of Sheffield on February 23-24, supported by timber industry sponsors the Timber Trade Federation (TTF), Arnold Laver, Stora Enso, Hanson Plywood and OSC Sales Ltd, while TTJ is a media sponsor.

“We are so excited to win Urban Buzz 2018,” said Edward Shaw, speaking on behalf of the winning team.

“Representing our respective universities, presenting our designs to a panel of eminent judges, learning to work under pressure in a multidisciplinary team and innovating with timber has all been a fantastic experience.”

Major sponsor Arnold Laver said it was important for the timber industry to back events like Urban Buzz.

“Arnold Laver is a proud sponsor of Urban Buzz because we want future engineers, architects and landscape architects to know what is possible with timber,” said Andrew Wharrier, head of marketing and communications at Arnold Laver.

“If we can encourage students in schools, colleges and universities to consider timber as an alternative material for construction, that engagement will follow through for the rest of their lives.”

Judges included architects Carol Costello and Alex Abbey of Cullinan Studio, and Waugh Thistleton’s Kieran Walker; engineers Matt Caldwell of Buro Happold, Keerthi Ranasinghe from the TRADA Advisory Committee and Arup’s Susie Gregory; and landscape architects Stephanie Crewe of HLM Architects and Kate Shearer of Ares.

Teams 11 & 12 also scooped ‘highly commended’ and £1000 to be divided between each team member.

The winning Urban Buzz team