STUDENTS from St Lawrence’s School and Hautlieu found themselves among award-winning architects on Friday when they won a bridge-building competition.
The students had taken copies of the JEP and turned them into sturdy, elegant bridges as part of Architecture Week.
They were chosen from 30 entries as the winning teams, and were presented with prizes of £200 at the Design Awards on Friday.
St Lawrence’s School pupils Schoua Sloan, Jade Le Quesne, Lucy Amy and Bailey Hew-lett had put together a bridge that Association of Jersey Architects member and judge George de Sousa said could have been turned into an actual structure.
He said: ‘There were three similar entries, but what swayed us was the fact that structurally it was amazing.
The engineer on the panel, Chris McCarthy, said that they had even thought about wind loading, and if it was a proper bridge it would stand up.
It was very elegant in its design, and they used rolled-up paper and triangulated the structure on to main supports at either end.’ There were around 30 entries from students at the Island’s primary and secondary schools who used nothing but the JEP and glue to build bridges that could span a 75 cm gap and take one kilo of weight.
The winners were selected on the design of their bridge, the amount of imagination they put into creating it, and how well it functioned.
Year 10 Hautlieu students Stephen Aitken and Danny Capon won the senior school competition.