This is an ideal opportunity for any young person considering a career in architecture, interior design or more broadly interested in STEM and future thinking.   

Sponsored by Northumbrian Water, the initiative is part of the NWG Festival of innovation.  A physical event was held at Newcastle Racecourse in July 2017 with a focus on engaging diverse communities in future thinking about society, the environment and the role of utilities.  

For more information about the event go to:  www.nwgfestival.co.uk

As part of the initiative some lucky young people participated in a 3 day FutureRoom programme on site.  The programme saw these teenagers working with creatives, designers and experts to develop your @FutureRoom2017 concept.

You can see some of their journey if you click here

You can still get involved through our fantastic competition.  Simply submit your ideas as simple drawings, PowerPoint, or use free 3D design software provided.

If you are 13-19, apply now and win your share of £1000...See below!


sharing ideas about the future is

critical to our future success.


We are genuinely interested in the future.  We want your thoughts and ideas about what teenagers might want and expect out of life. This will help us form better services and offers!


Our partners


The initiative is supported by a range of companies interested in teenage views about the future:



About the competition

In principle our goal is to engage young people in thinking about the future. Understanding the views of all audiences for utilities and broader societal services is essential in thinking about and planning future direction and investments.

This initiative is being delivered in collaboration with Reece Group and ESH Group. 

Reece Group are a reputable advanced engineering company based in the North East who invest heavily in future STEM skills and are keen to support youth engagement in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths). 

ESH Group are a substantial construction company with plans to develop forward thinking properties designed to meet the needs of contemporary communities.

The stakeholders are keen to understand young peoples perspective on future property requirements and this initiative is seen as a means to understand viewpoints and perspective.

Simply complete the idea form and submit your idea as either a picture and notes(submit as no more than 12 Powerpoint slides), OR attach a Roomle file with a description of your concept.

Roomle is an easy to use simple BIM (design layout software tool).  You can design room structures and add, edit and even create new items with a range of features. 

The software is free to use for the purposes required for the competition and you can request a license in your registration form.

Competition dates

The competition runs from the 11th July to midnight 11th of September with judging the following week.  The competition will be judged by the key stakeholders.


The prizes include a £500 cash prize and two runner up prizes of £250,plus the opportunity to see your room developed as a professional design for a new future concept development and potentially built as a room at a future concept building initiative at Science Central in Newcastle. 


In principle the competition is available for 13-19 year olds only in England and Wales (13-19 during the period of the competition).  The submissions must be online as instructed or they cannot be considered.

A full set of rules can be found here - Please make sure you read them before completing your application

Safe Hands

This project is being delivered by +ADD Strategy; the agile and design led innovation agency.  +ADD acts as an innovation partner and supports effective design and delivery of interesting and engaging innovation projects.  Click here to find out more about our work.