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A spectacular new Jamie’s Italian themed restaurant, designed by two 16 year old students from Clacton Coastal Academy, has won this year’s Class Of Your Own challenge. And their work has been applauded by their “client” – Jamie Oliver himself!
The ‘design a restaurant’ challenge was launched in Spring 2016, with the support of the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group. The unique secondary school competition challenged young people to identify an interesting local building, and re-imagine it into a beautiful and functional ‘Jamie’s Italian’.
Combining heritage with a modern twist, students John Haylett and Sam Boone took an iconic Martello Tower situated on the shore of Clacton, and created the ‘Griglia Forte’.
Their remarkable entry led top chef, and Jamie Oliver’s Italian mentor, Gennaro Contaldo to remark: ” I felt at home as soon as I saw it.”
As one of the world’s best known and best loved chefs, a campaigner for education and health, not to mention a man whose heart lies in family values, designing a restaurant for Jamie Oliver was always going to demand huge commitment, integrity, creativity and imagination.
Today, an esteemed panel of judges met at the headquarters of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (appropriately in the President’s Dining Room!), and it was very clear that picking a winner was going to be tough.
The four designs that made the final were inspiring, and the young people that pulled their very individual projects together are incredible role models to the next generation of Design, Engineering and Construction professionals.
“You can’t cherry pick at it, you need to have a coordinated effort in order to change the industry.”
That’s the message given by Mark Farmer, ‘man on a mission’ and author of The Farmer Review of the UK Construction Labour Model, carried out on behalf of the government’s Construction Leadership Council.
The Construction industry has its challenges, but without doubt, one of its greatest is that of attracting new talent into the industry. Never has the time for joined up thinking been more critical, and having spent the last eight years promoting STEM focused technical and professional careers through the DEC learning programme and associated competitions and events, we very much welcome this report.
Our message to industry remains the same: support schools in the longer term, and in doing so, you’ll inspire teachers, young people AND their parents, and ultimately grow your own talent.
It’s a fact. We work with Whitefrog not only because they are really likeable, great guys but also because their training really works well. Our DEC teachers are living proof of that.
So we were very pleased to hear that Whitefrog recently were awarded a couple of industry accolades…
The first, from RISE (Research Innovation Sustainability and Enterprise), Whitefrog were ‘Highly Commended’ in the BIM Training category, second behind the NBS (National Building Specifications) which is part of RIBA.
The second award was presented at the RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) and BIM4SME Awards, where Whitefrog were winners of the Best International BIM SME.
On behalf of everyone at COYO, and from DEC teachers everywhere, a huge “well done and well deserved!”
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