The TeamBuild competition aims to promote understanding and co-operation between young professionals in the construction industry as well as helping competitors fulfil several of the core objectives required for chartered membership of many institutions.

The idea for the competition arose in the Institute of Civil Engineers around 1990, as a result of concern about poor communication between construction professions aiming to deliver projects for clients. It is a communication, management and team-working competition with the focus on project delivery, and not exclusively on a design solution. The competition is now in its eighteenth year and Teambuild 2009 challenged teams to plan and design the development of a new civic centre in South London. This year’s competitors represented 45 top employers and, after a pre-qualification selection process involving eighteen teams, nine teams were invited to a weekend-long final event at Eynsham Hall in Oxfordshire. The nine finalist teams were made up of six individuals from varying disciplines, including architecture, structural engineering, environmental engineering, project management, interior and urban design, and law.

The selected teams were given a brief based on a real site, presenting a masterplan on the opening evening. Several quick-fire challenges spread over an intense weekend took them right through the design process, finishing with the construction stage. In a simulation of the design and construction process for the development of a real site, competitors had to present their team’s work to pre-eminent judges representing industry institutions including ICE, CIBSE and RIBA. The teams had to role play and respond to challenging questions.

Team rEvolve, all working for BDP in London, took the overall prize at the finals. Our own Tamsin Travers was a member of one of the three gallant losing teams that made the finals on the final day.

The competition has an impressive list of supporters: ConstructionSkills, the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects, the Worshipful Company of Constructors, CIOB, CIBS, ICE, ICES, IStruct.E, SCL, G4C – Generation for collaboration, RIBA, RICS and West Quarter Consulting, with John Laing and EPR Architects generously providing the site briefing information for this year. If you are interested in entering a team or an individual in Team Build 2010, you can register your interest or find out more at www.teambuilduk.com.