Winners of ‘My Canary Wharf Model Building Competition’ Announced – 09.06.20

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:

Press Office
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2166

The Winners

Category: Under 5s

Saskia, 4, from Wigan. Copied Canary Wharf from a photograph with items from the recycling box.


The judges commented:

“I love the simplicity yet essence of the buildings and surroundings beautifully and creatively captured with all the recycling materials used”.

“Great subtle use of colour. Well-proportioned buildings with some lovely attention to architectural detailing.  Well done for incorporating the river/water – a very important aspect of Canary Wharf”

“Superb and unmistakable representation of Canary Wharf, and 100% Recycled!”

“Loved this – a great use of recycling items”

Category: 5 – 10 years

Maddox, 10, Melton Mowbray. All around Jubilee Park

The judges commented:

“Ingenious use of household material”

“Excellent use of a variety of materials and objects (love the circuit board).  Fantastic detail to Jubilee Park, particularly the Fosters London Underground canopies.  Unique and creative entry”

“Fantastic vision, innovation and application, a similar approach to creation of Canary Wharf’s real Architectural and Natural elements”

Category: 11-14 years

William, 13, from Oldham. Water reflection of One Canada Square with six public clocks

The judges commented:

“I love the atmosphere of the light from the buildings reflecting in the water and the fact that light is used as a medium, so effective”

“A clear winner for me.  Beautiful, calm evening scene is successfully depicted.  Excellent use of light, contrast and reflection, with a simple playfulness to the building forms and scales”

“Unmistakeable, impressive but emotional re-creation of an iconic scene from the Canary Wharf estate”

Notes to Editors

About Canary Wharf Group:

Canary Wharf Group has overseen the largest urban regeneration project in Europe and is a fully integrated private real estate company that develops, manages and currently owns interests in approximately 7.7 million square feet of office space, 0.9 million square feet of retail and 327 completed Build to Rent units.

The company’s current £4.2 billion development pipeline is composed of 1.0 million square feet of office/retail properties, and over 3,700 new homes: for sale, for rent, intermediate and affordable.

CWG is an industry leader in sustainability including purchasing 100% renewable electricity for the Estate since 2012 and zero waste going to landfill from the managed Estate since 2009.
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