A SPECTACULARLY designed aquatic centre won the gold medal for a team of schoolchildren at an Olympic-themed ICE competition.
Youngsters aged 11 and 12 from Margaret Beaufort School, Riseley, impressed judges at the Bedfordshire Design and Technology Challenge with their environmentally-friendly approach.
The 40 fi nalists were tasked with preparing a development plan for the London Olympic Village, including a 3D model of a key structure.
The winners took a trip to Tottenham Hotspur's stadium seeking inspiration and made contact with Olympic athletes.
Their winning model featured solar panels, an inverted pitched roof for collecting rainwater for re-use and trees to absorb fumes from the car park.
ICE regional manager John Canton, said: 'With designs and models like these, professional consultants will soon be out of a job! I am enormously impressed by the commitment, enthusiasm, research and sheer hard work that have gone into the entries and we look forward to all these contestants being the civil engineers of the future.' St Andrews School, Bedford, took second place with a maisonette for athletes while a second Margaret Beaufort team came third.
Consultant URS provided advice to all three. Kier Group Services sponsored the event.