MEDIA RELEASE 22 June 2012

World Leading Design and Engineering Firms Announced For Canstruction®

London’s first creative canned food sculpture competition comes to Canary Wharf

Canstruction® at Canary Wharf
Competition Build Day – Sunday 24 June. Photocall – 10am
Main Exhibition – Monday 25 June – Saturday 7 July
Lobby of One Canada Square and Canary Wharf Shopping Malls
Canary Wharf, London

Some of the best architecture, design and engineering talent in the world has been secured to compete in Canstruction®, which comes to London for the first time at Canary Wharf from 25 June.

HOK, Thornton Thomasetti, Squire and Partners, Allies and Morrison and PLP Architecture are among the stellar line up to create magnificent and imaginative sculptures, some over 2m high, entirely from cans of food.

The spectacular canned sculptures will be on display for two weeks throughout Canary Wharf’s unique spaces including the Canada Place, Cabot Place and Churchill Place Shopping Malls, and the lobby of London’s iconic One Canada Square. The cans will then be collected by food charity Fareshare and distributed to over 6,000 vulnerable members of the community providing over 35,000 nutritious meals.

Canstruction® exhibits will be judged according to criteria such as Structural Ingenuity and Best Meal and the overall winning entries will go on to compete in the International Canstruction® competition in the United States in 2013.

The competition will be judged by a panel of internationally-acclaimed artists, architecture experts and media figures including Luke Jerram and Charles Hadcock, whose works of art have both drawn crowds to Canary Wharf in recent months; Ellie Stathaki, Deputy Architecture Editor of Wallpaper*; Mark Davy, Founder & Director of Futurecity and Ian Walker, Deputy Editor of London Evening Standard.

Entrants in the competition include:
• Adamson Associates
• Allies and Morrison
• Kohn Pederson Fox Associates plc
• PLP Architecture
• Squire and Partners
• Thornton Thomasetti

Sian Astrop, Arts & Events Manager at Canary Wharf Group said: “We are extremely excited to host the first ever Canstruction® competition in London. To have such a high calibre of design, architectural and engineering talent taking part in our first event is fantastic, and further cements the global popularity of Canstruction® as a great cause. This is a unique opportunity for Londoners and visitors to Canary Wharf to view giant sculptures with a twist – conceived from pure imagination and built by teamwork. And to know that all the cans in the exhibition will help in the fight against hunger makes this event even more rewarding.”

Canstruction® is a trademarked competition originating in the US, and has previously taken place in other global cities including California, Chicago, New York, Melbourne and Vancouver and has raised more than 17.5 million pounds of food since its inception. It comes to Canary Wharf for its first London appearance this summer, and is part of the London Festival of Architecture.


For further information, please contact:

Katherine Boyle
The Communication Group
T: 020 7630 1411

Hamish McDougall
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2326
M: 07779 888 075
E: and


Canstruction® at Canary Wharf
Competition Build Day – Sunday 24 June
Main Exhibition – Monday 25 June – Saturday 7 July
Lobby of One Canada Square and Canary Wharf Shopping Malls


About Canary Wharf Arts & Events

The Canary Wharf Arts & Events team produces and facilitates more than 100 events each year, many of which are world-class and premieres. The majority of these events are free and enjoyed by those who work at Canary Wharf, the surrounding community and visitors.

Its diverse programme ranges from music concerts, comedy nights, film seasons, outdoor festivals and dance performances to street theatre, sporting events, charity initiatives, theatre shows and art exhibitions.

For more information visit or contact arts&

About Canary Wharf Group plc

Canary Wharf Group plc has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.

There are more than 200 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. Recent fashion openings include Tiffany & Co., Jaeger and Hackett. 10 new bars and restaurants have opened in the past three years to critical acclaim, creating hundreds of new jobs.
Canary Wharf’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year and more than 60 art works by 45 artists and designers is found throughout the Estate. Temporary art exhibitions run throughout the year, with recent exhibitors including Peter Randall-Page, Phillip King and Phyllida Barlow.
Canary Wharf Group won the Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards in November 2010, beating entries from around the world.
20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted.

Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. CWG has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.

100,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.

Canary Wharf Group plc is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.

About Canstruction®

Canstruction® is a trademarked design competition originating in the US and currently held in countries throughout the world including Canada and Australia.

With more than 170 cities throughout the world and over 30,000 volunteers participating in Canstruction® competitions, it has grown to become one of the largest drives for food bank donations throughout the world.

Teams of five encompassing professional designers, architects and engineers compete against each other to design structures entirely out of canned food and then build those structures over a 12 hour period.

Winning entries are judged by a panel of experts and forwarded to the International Competition judged in the United States.

To date, a Canstruction® competition at Canary Wharf will be the first of its kind in London.

Cans from Canstruction® at Canary Wharf will be donated to the national charity FareShare and redistributed to vulnerable members of local communities throughout the UK.

Since its inception, Canstruction® has donated over 17.5 million pounds of food throughout the world.

Canstruction® also serves as an educational tool for universities, schools and other institutions raising awareness about nutrition, social responsibility and issues surrounding poverty.

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Canstruction ® is organised under the auspices of the Society for Design Administration®

About FareShare

FareShare is an award winning UK charity that fights hunger and food waste by redistributing good food that would otherwise go to waste and delivering it to people who need it.

In the UK, 5.8 million people live in ‘deep poverty’ making it hard for them to afford everyday essentials, including food*. At the same time, 3 million tonnes of food is wasted by the food and drink industry every year**.

Last year, FareShare provided food for 8.6 million meals, supported 700 local charities and helped them feed 35,500 vulnerable people each day.

Visit for more information.

* Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 2010, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

**Waste Arisinat in the Supply of Food and Drink to Households in the UK, March 2010, WRAP