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Young persons home design challenge winners announced

Architect, TV Presenter and MOBIE fonder George Clarke today announced the winners of the Wates Group Young Persons Home Design Challenge for primary schools. The children were asked by Wates Residential and MOBIE to design a #HomeOfTheFuture.

The challenge, created in partnership with Wates Residential - part of leading UK family-owned business, the Wates Group - asked young people to let their imaginations run free by designing a home of the future. As you can see their designs were amazing!

Children were invited to design their home in any way they liked. The amazing entries came in all shapes and sizes - from hand drawings, models made from cardboard, Lego creations, to computer designs, quite a few using the computer game Minecraft.

George Clarke said:

“The homes of the future will be lived in by today’s young people. That is why I am so excited to announce the winners of this Wates' young persons’ design challenge. We asked young people, aged between 7 and 11 to design a home of the future - a sustainable, adaptable, green home that promotes wellbeing and quality of life".

“From my past experience, I expected to see amazing design talent and imagination come forward and I was not disappointed. It was hard for the judges to choose the age group winners and runners up. They were genuinely wowed by the standard of the work that these young people produced. The winners created some incredible and inspirational, future thinking designs. The future of the built environment and homes is in great hands with young talent like this around - I can't wait to see what they do next.”

Michelle McSorley-Sharp, Social Value Director at Wates Residential, said:

“Over the course of Wates’ 125-year history, what we look for in a home has evolved dramatically, so it was exciting to see what the next generation hopes to live in in the future. At the heart of our business, is a commitment to delivering lasting legacies, whether that’s through the homes we build or our investment in training, education and skills."

"We hope this challenge has inspired these young people, showing them the important role that a house can play in supporting our wellbeing, and maybe encouraging them to think about a career in the built environment when they grow up.”

The age group winners are as follows:
Age 7 - 9

Andre (age 8), and Charlie (age 9), Birchgrove School, Cardiff

Amira, Towers Junior School, Hornchurch, Essex

Bea Noad (age 9), Lee-on Solent, Southampton

Age 10 - 11

Sophie, (age 11) and Evelyn (age 10), Birchgrove School, Cardiff

Ava Gillespie (age 10), St Joseph’s School, Cardiff

Abu (age 11), Gascoigne School, Barking, London

Inaayah and Adam, Towers Junior School, Hornchurch, Essex

More information about the design challenge can be found at

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