The Brigdewaters Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) with passion for empowering the Nigerian youths in all ramification, has launched a 10 million Naira prize for innovative ideas on the proposed construction of sports facility which will match global standard in terms of equipment and other endowment.
Tagged: “10M Oye Sports Arena Innovation prize”, the project has invited innovative and creative graduates and students of architecture to participate in the contest with the aim of rewarding the best ideas and innovation.
While speaking about the inspiration behind the project, the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NGO, Mr. Segun Oke, said:”We are building a Sport system to extract and harness the Ekiti passion for sport and entertainment for sustainable development and prosperity. Our vision is aimed, among other things, to spur the creative intelligence to develop an innovative, sustainable sporting facility containing a disruptive stadium, mall, Kids Park, cinema, stores, a sport academy, and a tech-game development and entertainment campus on a 10 Acres of land in Ekiti. Something original, indigenous, out of this world, yet reasonably prized
“We think our ability to translate the avid passion of the average African to economic development through imagination, creativity and organization may well be a good starting point for our economic renaissance.
“Therefore, we have decided to give young men and women enrolled in any higher institution of learning in Ekiti, the exclusive opportunity to participate in this architectural and structural design of a prototype of a model facility for Oye-Ekiti.
“The challenge aims to celebrate creativity as we sought the most brilliant initiatives of sport facility design and construction from our youth. The organizer, Bridgewaters Foundation, is throwing this challenge open to stimulate and engage the creative prowess of our young men and women.
“It also intends to promote deliberate thoughtfulness and deliberations for topical global sustainable technological and construction issues such as climate change, energy generation and management, search for sustainable designs and materials.
“We are also using the opportunity to stimulate technological innovations in designing a facility that would command tourism, stand the taste of time and remain relevant in the future. “
Mr. Oke further said to be a part of the contest, prospective winners are to :”submit a structural and architectural design for a sporting center that would seek to use building materials that would:
“Reduces CO2 emission; optimize energy consumptions, integrate smart technologies, regulate humidity, enhance ventilation and water usage or flow; integrate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and various physical devices connected to the Internet-of-things (IoT) and surveillance/security network to optimize the quality of entertainment, security, transportation, comfort and services and connect to visitors, spectators and users.”
He added that some of features of expected designs are : “Disruptive and radical architectural thinking and usage of home-grown sustainable building materials and concepts. You would do well if your material solution can demonstrate a massive reduction in CO2 emission while converting heat to purposeful use within the proposed city;
“An architectural masterpiece and a masterful showcase of our cultural heritage capable of attracting local and international sports fans;
” A rich blend of mini-parks, playgrounds, gym, cinema, and recreational spaces capable of enhancing the quality of life of the sports environment, reduce the heat effects, and generally, promote eco-balance;
“Promoting Mixed land: Candidates need to design the space to accommodate all facilities required for lifetime experience, in the appropriate measures to the estimated population that would be visiting the center;
“A 3D design technique must follow the guides of standard architectural & building codes in Nigeria;
- Walkable environment, waste recycling, efficient drainage, air pollution, resource depletion, efficient security, and power management. The walkway road network is created or refurbished not only for vehicles but also for the athletes and visitors;
And Applying smart-solution to electricity, internet facilities, and security. “
Speaking about the distribution of prizes, he said: After two months, at the discretion of the competition judges, the top 10 teams selected will each receive N20,000 each
“The remaining fund will be distributed as follows:
• Grand Prize Winner (1st Place): N300,000 plus Project Development contract of five million naira (N5,000,000) valid till the completion of the project.
• 2nd Place: N200,000 plus a Project Development contract of Two million naira (N2,000,000) valid till the completion of the project.
• 3rd Place: N100,000.
He added that the eligibility for the project include , a Nigerian between the ages of 18-45; Architectural students or graduates who reside in Nigeria
- Individual or team of five (5) persons;
- Have practical knowledge of Architectural and structural designs.
Method of Application
Activity Date Deadline
Application Opens Friday April 1, 2021 Tuesday Mayb31, 2022
Eligibility Assessment Wednesday June 1, 2022 Tuesday June 7, 2022
Shortlisting of twenty best applications Wednesday June 8, 2022 Thursday June 9, 2022
Shortlisting of ten best applications Friday June 10, 2022 Friday October 15, 2021
Notification of selected applications Monday June 11,2022 Monday June 11,2022
Communication of the Presentation date Friday June 12, 2022 Friday June 12, 2022
Presentation Tuesday, June 27, 2022 Tuesday, June 27, 2022
Announcement of the Winners Wednesday June 28, 2022 Wednesday June 28, 2022
We offer online application. Individuals or groups of five (3-5) persons who meet the requirements above should go to www.challenge.bgwfoundation.org to apply. Participants are to complete the form and accordingly submit their designs, bearing in mind the slated deadline.
The duration of this challenge is six (6) months as scheduled in the table below:
Note: The proposal for Architectural design and Structural Design should be submitted separately.
The challenge is a brainchild of Bridgewaters Foundation www.bgwfoundation.org