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Crossrail competition encourages students to find creative ideas to reduce waste

By Ian Rathbone

Crossrail's Design a Recycling Centre for a Station competition has been a big hit with young people across London who produced imaginative and inspired designs.

13 students have been recognised at a special awards ceremony for their creative and innovative ideas to manage waste. There were more than 100 submitted entries.

Richard Morris, Crossrail's Managing Director, Delivery, presented certificates to primary and secondary school students during a competition awards ceremony at Crossrail headquarters in Portland House, Victoria, London.

Mr Morris commented; 'I was very impressed by the quality of entries we received. I know the judges had a very difficult time making a final selection because the standard of entries was so high.'

He added: 'The finalists' designs included imaginative, colourful and interactive bins, models, sorting systems and encouraging slogans "such as recycle today, help change tomorrow".' Entries will be posted on the Crossrail website.

Prize winners and highly commended recipients came from schools in Southall, Forest Gate, Rainham Essex, Poplar, Woolwich, Ealing, Maidenhead and Romford.

Sophina Mahmood, from Sarah Bonnell School in Stratford and Temi Tope Adebowde, from St Josephs Primary in Greenwich, both took home Ipod Nanos valued at around £100 for gaining first place in the Secondary School and Primary School sections, respectively. Highly commended recipients received a Crossrail school bag on the day.

Since 2003 the Crossrail Education Programme has been running various events designed to involve young people in the project. The projects are designed to make them aware of the issues, and through them, their family and other contacts in their local community.

The projects are also designed to support student's National Curriculum studies and teacher's delivery of Government initiatives e.g. Gifted and Talented focus and the Literacy Strategy.

Douglas Oakervee, Executive Chairman of Cross London Rail Links Limited (CLRL), highlighted the initiative as part of a wider Crossrail programme, dedicated to working with students and teachers on a range of innovative curriculum projects. 'Young Crossrail aims to inspire young people to get involved in creative writing, design competitions and educational workshop initiatives,' said Mr Oakervee.

'We are committed to involving young people in the development of Crossrail through sharing and learning and are now looking at developing the concept of a Crossrail academy and other proposals. This demonstrates CLRL's commitment to bridging the skills gap, particularly in the more deprived areas along the route.
'We aim to develop and support Students/Adults to join the world of Construction and Engineering as Trade, Technician or Professionals.

'Students working with the 'Young Crossrail' programme could also later be attracted to signing up to Construction and built environment and/or engineering diplomas.'

Some Crossrail engineers have just begun a new and innovative scheme 'coaching' in two schools in East London, mentoring and supporting young students.

• The latest Young Crossrail curriculum course - From Design to Implementation - Engineering and Construction - will start in the New Year, 2008. There will be website materials available - providing additional ready made curriculum based materials for teachers and students.

For further information please contact the 24-hour, seven-day a week helpdesk on 0345 602 3813 or e-mail helpdesk@crossrail.co.uk

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