Canary Wharf Group brought the spirit of the Estate to people’s homes during lockdown, launching a competition for young people to make models of their favourite landmarks at Canary Wharf.
With over 130 entries since submissions opened in April, young people set to creating their representation of Canary Wharf. Encouraged to use materials and items from around the home, such as empty food packing and spare cardboard, entrants were asked to use their imagination and let their creative talents shine.
With every submission successfully capturing the essence of Canary Wharf using a range of imaginative materials, the panel of judges had the incredibly difficult job of selecting a winner from each age category.
Each winner will receive an Apple iPad and will be able to visit One Canada Square when it is safe to do so.
The competition was arranged by Canary Wharf Group’s Public Affairs team as part of the Group’s education and community outreach programme. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic the team have moved their usual local engagement activities online, sharing learning resources and new activity sheets to help parents who find themselves supporting home schooling.
The team and the judges were so blown away by the effort put in by all the entrants of the competition, that each participant and their family have been invited to visit One Canada Square for a special visit when it is safe to do so.
Emma Warden, CSR Manager said; “We were so pleased that the competition seemed to strike a chord with so many people who found themselves looking for activities to do around the house during lockdown. After the competition many parents shared with us how much their children had enjoyed participating and had been inspired – this goes right to the heart of why we run our programmes, to inspire the next generation to think about the built environment. We had to build on this and have invited the young people to One Canada Square to learn more and meet some of our team, we look forward to welcoming them”.
To build on the interest from the competition and to further promote ways for young people to learn about the built environment around them, Canary Wharf Group is supporting a new learning website by Open City and Celebrating Architecture. The free to access resources are produced by design educators, architects and teachers and provides creative activities exploring design, architecture and engineering for young people, teachers and families during the COVID-19 lockdown and beyond.
For further information, please contact:
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2166