Doncaster Civic Trust

An independent group of local people interested in Doncaster’s heritage

Doncaster Primary Schools Architecture Competition 2015

Winners announced – please scroll down

We are so pleased to be relaunching our architecture competition for Doncaster primary schools. The 2014 competition showed us just what impressive design talent there is in our schools and how much Doncaster children enjoyed creating new architectural ideas for their communities.
We are offering valuable cash prizes once again and this year, we have the special bonus of a visit to the School of Architecture in Sheffield for competitors.


Please click here for a full report of the 2014 competition.

Please view and download the 2015 competition booklet here.Opens new window

What the schools thought about the 2014 competition.

Our children loved the ‘Build a New Doncaster’ project. From the initial mindmapping of ideas to exploring the local area, the visit from Sheffield University students and working on their final design, they were engaged with their community like never before. The children found out so much and the project fed into so many areas of the curriculum: Maths, English, Art, Design, History and Geography. We were delighted that the children’s idea for a local train museum was chosen for the first prize – it is such an important part of our local heritage that needs to be celebrated as much as possible. Thank you to the Doncaster Civic Trust for such a wonderful project and the engaging, interactive resources that helped no-end in preparing an engaging, creative project that took on a life of its own and really inspired the children’s imaginations.
Philip Sheppard, Year 5 teacher. Hexthorpe Primary School

Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed being part of the architectural competition ‘Build a new Doncaster’. It gave them a real insight into the life of an architect and an understanding of the history of Doncaster and its architecture. Having the opportunity to work alongside some incredibly talented and creative young people, opened their eyes to new ideas and possibilities. We will definitely be entering the competition next year!’
Helen Harrison, Headteacher. Woodfield Primary School

From start to finish, this was a fantastic project for our pupils to be involved in. Working collaboratively as a design team, pupils learnt about the basic principles of architecture and building whilst also looking into the history of the local area they live in. Our pupils took full ownership of the design combining a range of technical and essential communication skills. This was 100% their work.

We were of course delighted to be awarded second prize but the real highlight of this experience was working with The School of Architecture at Sheffield University. Undergraduate students came in to school to deliver an exciting workshop and talk with the pupils about their design and ideas. The opportunity for the children to then visit The School of Architecture and see the end of year exhibition of work from architecture students made a definite impression. We started the project with a group of keen primary school pupils but finished the project with an aspirational future generation of architects, designers and artists. Thank you to Doncaster Civic Trust and Sheffield University School of Architecture for creating this.
Vashti Hildreth, Deputy Headteacher. Stirling Primary School

2015 Competition Booklet

Please view and download the 2015 competition booklet here. Opens new window

2015 Architecture Competition Winners Announced

We are delighted to announce the winners of our 2015 architecture competition for Doncaster primary schools. Once again, Doncaster Civic Trust have worked with Sheffield School of Architecture to host this competition. Last November, masters students from the university worked with schools to help them think about architecture and how they could design exciting new buildings and structures for our competition.

First – Stirling Primary School – winners of the Eric Braim Prize worth £500 for their exciting design for a new arena in the town centre.

Second – Woodfield Primary School – win £250 for their innovative designs for an obstacle course to improve fitness at the school.

Joint Third – Hexthorpe Primary School – win £100 for their designs for a market to serve Hexthorpe.

Joint Third – Copley Junior School – win £100 for their designs for a multi-purpose observation and activities tower at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

Congratulations to all the schools which took part in our competition and special thanks to all of the students from Sheffield.