Design Competition

for Scottish Schools and Colleges

Event detail

Event Date

20 Feb - 20 Feb 2019


10:00 - 14:30


Abertay University Student Centre, Bell Street, Dundee




Registration Closed

Civil Engineering Design Competition for Scottish Schools and Colleges

Imagine a theme park with clear views of Dundee’s waterfront … what would your students design?

Abertay’s Civil Engineering Design Competition aims to extend the ethos of new perspectives, bringing people together, and inspiring creativity for Scotland’s secondary school pupils and college students—which means we’d like to encourage as many as possible get involved and have fun!

The Finalists

After much deliberation, the panel are delighted to announce the following four teams have reached the final and will join us at Abertay on Wednesday 20 February to build their designs: - 

  • Team Gold - St Lukes HS, Renfrewshire
  • Dundee themed Park (Group 2) - Monifieth HS, Dundee
  • Dundee Whale (Group 3) - Monifieth HS, Dundee
  • Ship Swing (Group 4) - Monifieth HS, Dundee

Highly Commended

The following five projects had fantastic concepts behind them, with the judging panel describing them as “excellent” submissions. We congratulate them on their efforts and wish them the best in the future.

  • Ripple in Time - Monifieth HS, Dundee
  • The Tartan Tay's - Monifieth HS, Dundee
  • The Dream Team - Monifieth HS, Dundee
  • Dundee Dingoes - Monifieth HS, Dundee
  • Dundee Aquarium - Monifieth HS, Dundee

Thank you very much to all that entered. The assessors would like to commend all the teams on their excellent submissions. All submissions and feedback can be viewed here.



The competition
College students and secondary school pupils in years 4-6 will work in small groups and conceptually design a ‘Dundee’ themed leisure/theme park, including a detailed design for a main attraction. In following the design brief, each group will have a design which, in theory, gives unrestricted views of the city, whilst also complying with the specified requirements of the project.

The challenge
To capitalise on Dundee’s rejuvenation, Dundee City Council would like to add an attraction to the growing portfolio of the city’s east end. The local council is accepting tenders for a theme/leisure park on an abandoned site in this area.
All submissions will be shortlisted and the finalists invited to Abertay University in Dundee to build their designs within our bespoke engineering labs. The winning team will be decided by our judging panel of BEng/MEng placement partners, who will be present on the day.

This is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to meet current engineers from a range of organisations and to meet the team behind the TOP Civil Engineering programme in Scotland!


Key Dates  
Sign-up deadline - extended Friday 23th November 2018
Design submission deadline Friday 14th December 2018
Date of Final Wednesday 20th February 2019

Get involved!

If you’re a school representative …
…. and you have some students that would like to get involved, please do get in touch:
Cheryl Torano -

If you’re a school pupil ...
… and you’d like to take part, ask one of your teachers for the competition information. In most cases, this will be one of your Guidance Teachers or the Head of Science.


Take a look at a supporting statement from BEAR Scotland

“At BEAR Scotland we recognise that our business relies on schools, colleges and universities providing young people with an insight into the varied opportunities that a career in civil engineering offers. We endeavour to support academia by maintaining our long-standing partnership with Abertay University, offering third-year students placements on the civil engineer industrial placement module. We also provide student summer placements, scholarships and offer advice and support to innovative engagement projects with schools.

Abertay University’s Civil Engineering Design Competition for Scottish Schools brings young people together to work in teams to develop innovative designs that work from both an engineering and aesthetic perspective. Above all, the competition demonstrates that civil engineering is not only about the engineering solution or look of the building; it is about the individual, the team ethos, and the approach the team has adopted. By the end of the competition, young people have a greater understanding the many and varied opportunities that civil engineering has to offer as a long-term career.”

Ged Mitchell CEng MICE | CEnv | MIEMA | MCIWEM C.WEM
Environmental Manager | BEAR Scotland


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Event details



Event Date

20 Feb - 20 Feb 2019


10:00 - 14:30


Abertay University Student Centre


Abertay University Student Centre, Bell Street, Dundee
Registration Closed