Honor Goodsite’s Big Build Competition – 2019 Winners announced!

The Big Build has come back with a bang for 2019! Honor was delighted to be teaming up with CITB’s ‘Go Construct’ to deliver her third Big Build Competition and it’s been another record-breaking year!

Honor and the team have been blown away by the massive 55 entries and over 1500 children and adults that took part this year. Once again, we have seen no lack of variety in the entries put forward by participants, from futuristic Lunar Habitats to historic Castles and the awe-inspiring Titanic. Honor and the team had an unbelievably difficult time picking just five winners and two special mentions from such a number of impressive entries. Every year the quality rises to a new level!

Considerate Constructor’s Scheme Chief Executive Amanda Long said:

“Many congratulations to each winner of the 2019 Honor Goodsite’s Big Build Competition, and thank you to everyone who submitted entries this year.

“Improving standards in sustainability is an essential part of how the construction industry can help address the critical local and global issues threatening the future of our planet, and it is great to see how those registered with the Scheme are embracing and helping the future generations to put sustainability at the heart of their community engagement through Honor Goodsite’s Big Build Competition.”

It was abundantly clear to see that environmental sustainability, teamwork, and inclusion were at the very forefront of participants’ entries this year. You can see that not only did everyone learn so much from the activities, but had fun whilst doing so. It brings Honor Goodsite and the Considerate Constructors Scheme enormous pleasure to announce the five fantastic winners of Honor Goodsite’s Big Build 2019!


Ballymore Construction Services Ltd

With the help of: Old Ford Primary School

Chosen building: The new US Embassy in London

Ballymore Construction Services were touched when Old Ford Primary school, the largest primary school in the Tower Hamlets area, reached out to them to take part in the Big Build competition. They could think of no better building to construct than that of the new US Embassy.

All materials used by the children, staff and site team came from the development and the build has been made with stunning attention to detail – it even lights up! From the moat and vibrant garden features, to the instantly recognisable glass work at the front it is clear to see that everyone involved came together as a team.

Barnwood Construction Ltd

With the help of: Bishop’s Cleeve Primary Academy

Chosen building: Festive Bishop’s Cleeve Model Village

Festive fun took over Bishop’s Cleeve students when taking part in this year’s Big Build competition. To show their pride in their town which is situated at the foot of Cleeve Hill, the highest point in the Cotswolds, the students decided to recreate it ready for the Christmas period.

With colourful decorations, a plethora of snowmen large and small, awe-inspiring Christmas trees and to finish it all off, a light dusting of snow, Bishop’s Cleeve looks ready for carollers, Christmas shoppers and excited children to descend upon it, awaiting a visit from Father Christmas!


Laing O’Rourke

With the help of: Mary Magdalene Primary School

Chosen building: The Royal Albert Hall

As part of Laing O’Rourke’s environmental commitment on their Soho Place Project, the Big Build Competition provided the perfect opportunity to promote recycling week and reach out to a local school. Mary Magdalene Primary School was keen to take part and chose to build the world famous music venue, the Royal Albert Hall in homage to Laing O’Rourke building a new theatre.

The young students split into groups to complete each section of the model including the great glass and wrought-iron dome roof and the unique artwork that surrounds the outside of the building, before painting and decorating it.

Morgan Sindall

With the help of: Hackwood Primary Academy

Chosen building: Pyramids of Egypt

The students of Hackwood Primary Academy found inspiration in northeast Africa. With part of their current curriculum focusing on Egypt, the opportunity to recreate the world famous pyramids is not one to be missed!

With guidance from the Morgan Sindall site team and members of staff from the school, the children learned about construction materials, recycling and how to make recycled materials look like a mummy. Inside the pyramid you can see the level of detail put in by the children, historical hieroglyphics illuminate the final resting place of this ancient royal.

Willmott Dixon Construction

With the help of: MacIntyre Charity

Chosen building: Kinder Surprise

This giant, delicious, sickly sweet treat was skilfully put together by The Tuesday art group at the MacIntyre Charity who work to empower people with learning disabilities. The outside of this chocolatey masterpiece is made from Modroc, a kind of plaster bandage that is used for modelling. It was then expertly painted by the team with the help of the Willmott Dixon site team.

Inside the giant egg is papier-mâché, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon, a giant toy space shuttle can be found in the egg, fully equipped with its numerous exterior engines and thrusters.


Honourable Mentions

Honor and her team of judges are also delighted to announce her ‘Honourable Mentions’. These participants have earned special recognition from Honor as they have put forward a very important message with their entry or have gone the extra mile with their build.

BAM Building Ltd

With the help of: Fatima Homework Club

Chosen building: Dublin’s new children’s hospital

BAM are currently collaborating with Mercury and Jones to build a new children’s hospital in Dublin. What better way to expand the team by joining with the Fatima Homework Club to take part in Honor’s Big Build? The club were split into three groups who each designed a unique hospital, collected materials and built the structure across three workshops. An internal competition was held with the winner being put forward for the Big Build.

This would have been a hard-hitting subject for the children of the Fatima Homework Club, to carry out the Big Build about a hospital for their peers and it has been completed with excellent detail.


With the help of: Chilton Primary School

Chosen building: Future Lunar Habitat

Mace’s entry with Chilton Primary School comes as a warning to us all! If we fail to look after our planet, we may be forced to leave it in order to survive. One place the children think we may be able to settle in the future is the moon. They ensured that their creations would keep all of our comforts from home in order for us to settle into our new surroundings.

The climate emergency affects us all and cannot be ignored. Honor was inspired by Mace’s and Chilton Primary’s entry and it shows a lot of foresight if nothing is done to prevent it!


Honor and the team would also like to congratulate all of the runners-up. Without their hard work, the competition would not have been the success it has been. The quality continues to increase every year and their contribution is greatly appreciated.

If you missed out on this year’s Big Build but would like to take part in the future, you can register your interest now by emailing us on You will then be notified on the launch day of the competition and be one of the first to receive an entry form. Alternatively, if you can’t wait until next years Big Build, Ivor Goodsite’s Hoarding Competition will be launching in January 2020.


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