Construction students urged to get creative


“CREATIVE Construction” is the topic for the JCT Student Essay Competition 2015, which is now open to all construction students registered with UK institutions.

A winning prize of £1,000, and runner-up prizes of £250, are available for the students who can produce the best essay of not more than 2,500 words, providing an original idea or creative solution that would improve construction, be it the industry as a whole, or a particular aspect or process.

In a change to previous years, where traditional academic essays were asked for, this year’s competition allows for either academic-style papers or journalistic-style articles to be submitted, depending on the candidates’ preference.

Candidates and the wider construction community are also encouraged to get involved via social media. Using the hashtag #creativeconstruction, JCT is asking for the best creative ideas to improve construction in just 140-characters, to be tweeted to @JCTContracts or sent to JCT’s Facebook page.

There is a prize of two tickets to visit The View from The Shard in London available for the best social media entry.

The JCT Student Essay Competition 2015 is open until noon on Wednesday 18th March 2015. Judging will take place in May with a panel of construction industry experts, with the winners announced at a special awards lunch next June.

For full details, including more information about the competition, guidance notes, competition rules and how to enter, visit: