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Stephen Lawrence Trust and London Marathon competition for aspiring architects
Stephen Lawrence Trust and London Marathon Architecture Contest
17 Sep 2018
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Stephen Lawrence Trust and London Marathon announce competition for aspiring architects
• Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and London Marathon Events announce new competition for Part 1 undergraduates and recently qualified Part 1 architectural assistants
• Opportunity to design the Mile Marker at the 18-mile point of the Virgin Money London Marathon
• Design to celebrate the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence, who was 18 when he was murdered in 1993
On the day of Stephen Lawrence’s birthday (13 September), London Marathon Events Ltd and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust have announced an exciting new competition for aspiring young architects to design the Mile Marker for the 18-mile point on the course of the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon. The winning entry will be seen by all 40,000 runners in the marathon and millions worldwide watching the race on television.
Aimed at Part 1 undergraduates and recently qualified Part 1 architectural assistants, the competition is a rare opportunity for students to have their work reach a huge audience, as well as supporting them to develop materials for their portfolio. Applicants will be able to register for the competition individually or in teams of up to four and download the entry pack from the Trust’s website (www.stephenlawrence.org.uk/) from early October.
Stephen Lawrence had hoped to pursue a career in architecture and the competition complements the Trust’s work supporting young people from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds to enter and complete the long journey to becoming a qualified architect. This year alone the Trust’s flagship Building Futures programme will support more than 250 young people through bursaries, work experience placements, internships and industry workshops.
The competition is particularly relevant because Stephen himself was a talented runner. He was a member of Cambridge Harriers running club and competed in the Mini London Marathon in 1988.
The 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon will take place on Sunday 28 April, shortly after the inaugural national Stephen Lawrence Day on Monday 22 April, and the Mile Marker will form part of the positive message of the day, celebrating Stephen’s life and learning from his story. It is not only an opportunity to inspire the many runners on the day, but in particular those running for Stephen’s Team, who will be raising much needed funds for the Trust.
Hugh Brasher, Event Director of London Marathon Events Ltd, said: “We are proud to support the work of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust through this competition, which offers young architects a high-profile design opportunity at the world’s greatest marathon and celebrates Stephen’s legacy in the first year of the inaugural Stephen Lawrence Day.”
Sonia Watson, Chief Executive of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust said “This is a very exciting and rare opportunity for architecture students to have their work seen by audiences across the world. It is also great way to celebrate the first Stephen Lawrence Day, bringing together his passion for architecture and design with his love of running. We are excited to see the designs that entrants come up with.”
About London Marathon Events Ltd
• The 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon takes place on Sunday 28 April. For more information, please visit virginmoneylondonmarathon.com
• The London Marathon was first held on 29 March 1981 and the millionth finisher in the history of the event crossed the line in 2016
• In 2017 the Virgin Money London Marathon raised £61.5 million for charity, setting a new Guinness World Record for an annual one day charity fundraising event for an 11th successive year
• London Marathon Events Ltd is not-for-profit and gifts its surplus each year to The London Marathon Charitable Trust. • Since 1981, The London Marathon Charitable Trust has awarded grants totalling in excess of £72 million to more than 1,300 projects in London, Surrey and other areas
About the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust
• The Stephen Lawrence Charitable is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
• The Trust runs high impact programmes that inspire and enable young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed in the career of their choice.
• The Trust works with young people aged between 13 and 30 to broaden their view of what’s possible and help them gain the knowledge, skills and qualifications they need. It supports them through school, further education and as they progress through the early stages of their career.
• The Trust also works with government, business and communities to create a society in which everyone, regardless of their background, has the opportunity and support to flourish.
• The Trust has a purpose-built Centre in South London which has recently been refurbished entirely pro bono through the generosity of companies in the building industry. The Centre is both the base for its high impact programmes and provides local communities, start-ups and entrepreneurs with affordable working and event space.
About Stephen Lawrence Day
• Prime Minister Theresa May announced that every year the 22nd April will be national Stephen Lawrence Day at the memorial service in April held to mark the 25th anniversary since Stephen’s murder.
• The Prime Minister made the announcement at the memorial service in April held to mark the 25th anniversary since Stephen’s murder.
• The Prime Minister said that Stephen Lawrence Day would be “an opportunity for young people to use their voices and should be embedded in our education and wider system regardless of the government of the day.” She went on to say “We will use this day to encourage and support young people in achieving their dreams, and to reflect on Stephen’s life, death and the positive change he has inspired.”
• The government, Stephen’s mother Baroness Lawrence, and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust are working together to deliver the first Stephen Lawrence Day on Monday 22 April 2019.
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