Katy Horner and Howard Schofield are two such students whose degrees helped them become timber trailblazers in the UK-wide undergraduate engineering competition.

Architectural Technology student Katy and Civil Engineering student Howard entered Urban Buzz while in their third year at Edinburgh Napier and represented the University at the event in Sheffield.

Their goal was to design a timber multi-storey car park and Katy claimed victory as part of the winning team which scooped the £2,000 top prize. Howard’s team also saw success and were highly commended, sharing a £1,000 prize between them.

The competition, sponsored by industry and TRADA (Timber Research and Development Association), aims to inspire the next generation to design iconic buildings and engineering solutions in wood. It brings together university students from across the UK to think about what is possible with timber.

The Urban Buzz challenge has a strong focus on low carbon sustainable buildings of the future. Globally, the use of timber based buildings is increasing and Edinburgh Napier University was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education in 2015 due to the positive impact on industry and society from the research being undertaken by staff and students for sustainable construction, timber engineering and wood science.