Passivhaus Affiliate

2022 Student Competition

The Challenge

The Launch

Registration & eligibility

Webinars & Workshops: Jan - Mar 2022


Southside Hereford: University Design Challenge 2022

After running six Passivhaus Student competitions, the Trust is expanding to a format that will enable us to reach more students. The Passivhaus Trust is partnering a 2022 national student competition led by Timber Development UK*, alongside New Model Institute of Technology and Engineering (NMITE) and Edinburgh Napier University.

Student teams are invited to design a community building and 'skills hub' to the Passivhaus standard, with access to interactive webinars and workshops in January and February 2022. The competition will launch on the 30th November 2021 and is open to current Built Environment students and 2021 graduates. 

The competition will follow a similar format to the Riverside Sunderland: University Design Challenge, reaching over 300 students and graduates at 40 universities.

*the organisation formed from the merger of TRADA and Timber Trade Federation.

Southside Hereford: University Design Challenge


The challenge

 Southside Hereford University Design Challenge is based on a live project to design a community centre out of timber to meet Passivhaus Standard.

To design, specify and bring in on budget a community building and ‘skills hub’ for three clients. Designed to Passivhaus standards and based on bio-based materials, the building must be ‘net zero’. Proposals must be energy and resource efficient, focusing on the health and well-being of people, the community, and our planet. Schemes will design for longevity, adaptability, and circularity - with material reuse in mind. 

Southside Hereford will provide a vibrant, inspiring and inclusive sports, food and skills community focal point for the people of South Wye. Southside is a collaboration between two highly energised established community organisations Growing Local CIC and Belmont Wanderers CIC, and NMITE, all of whom share a common goal to improve the future health, well-being, life-chances and employment skillset of the people of South Wye and Hereford. 

The competition will inform the clients, and their partners, as they bring together a professional team to design and deliver a community centre in 2023.


Southside Hereford: Context

Read the full #StrongerHereford Town Investment Plan (TIP)  


Exclusive interactive webinars & workshops

An exciting programme of talks and events will take place during January to March 2022, covering the lastest topics to improve students climate literacy. The webinars aim to aid the design process and enable students to form teams.  The comprehensive series will introduce students to associations, professionals, resources, research and products in order to increase knowledge and confidence. All events will be recorded and available to all for viewing at convenience. Events will be held via Zoom meetings. 

Southside Hereford: University Design Challenge 2022 - Webinar series



The competition is free to enter. Team work is a core element and students will be encouraged to form multi-disiplinary teams of 4-8 people. Where you haven't been able to form a team yourself, we will allocate you a place in a team. The teams must include:

  • Architect or Architectural Technologist
  • Engineer
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Landscape Architect.

Register your interest


Once your registration has been accepted, you will receive all the information you need to know via email. This includes invitations to the series of exclusive, interactive evening webinars, where you will meet other participating students and graduates, and access to the full brief once it becomes available. At this point, you can either create your own team, or wait to be placed into a team with other participants, and begin the challenge. 

Registration open until 21 February.     I     Deadline for team formation 28 February.



To participate in this challenge, you must be a current UK student or a 2021 UK graduate of a built environment subject. This includes students and graduates of architecture, architectural technology, structural or civil engineering, surveying, landscape architecture, and interior design. However, this list is not exhaustive so please get in touch with TRADA's Tabitha Binding if you are unsure whether you are eligible to participate.


Official Launch

Watch a recording of the launch event that took place on the 30th November at The Building Centre, London. The event introduces the competition, its partners, and answers a few FAQ's.

Southside Hereford University Design Challenge launch partners




30 NOV 2021

Official launch of the competition  | Watch a recording.

14 DEC 2021

Construction in a Climate Crisis | Watch a recording.

21 DEC 2021

Clients and challenge brief | Watch a recording.

04 - 14 JAN 2022

Student engagement evenings and team forming.

21 FEB 2022

Registration deadline

18 JAN - 22  MAR 2022 

Engagement webinar & workshop series

12 JUN 2022

Team submission deadline

17 JUN 2022

Longlist announced

04 JUL 2022

Shortlist announced

21 - 23 JUL 2022

Final judging & Awards Ceremony in person in Hereford

*programme subject to slight changes


Further Information

Southside Hereford: University Design Challenge - Flyer

Passivhaus Student Engagement

Previous Passivhaus Student Competitions

Previous 2021 Riverside Sunderland: University Design Challenge