RIBA challenges architects to build â€˜royalâ€™ sandcastles
The RIBA Northern Region has invited architects and fellow construction industry professionals to take part in a huge sandcastle competition involving teams of schoolchildren from the North East.
The Sandcastle Challenge â€“ an annual fundraising event at Druridge Bay where local architects are matched to teams of schoolchildren in order to design and build sandcastles â€“ last year involved more than 500 children and 30 architects.
The competition this year â€“ sponsored by Muraspec, USG (UK) and James Burrell Builders Merchants â€“ will be based on the theme â€˜A castle fit for a Queenâ€™ to mark the Queenâ€™s Golden Jubilee year.
There are four prizes of Â£100 for the winning schools and a further Â£100 for the school raising the most sponsorship money, while the winning architect has the honour of taking home the prestigious RIBA/Muraspec Trophy. Last year the event, which includes the Sandcastle Ball held a week later, succeeded in raising more than Â£7,500 for children in the North East.
The trophy will be presented at the Sandcastle Summer Ball on 19 July at the Marriott Metro Centre.
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