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Old Millhillian Triumphs in National Design Competition

Winning design

We are both delighted and proud to announce that Michael Berwin, School House 2006, is the winner of the Crossrail competition to design station platform seating. Michael has just graduated from a four year course at University of Leeds, undertaking a degree in International Product Design. This course also involved spending a year in Brisbane, Australia, at the Queensland University of Technology. His winning design, pictured here, is a modular system that developed the idea of brand identity and adaptability.

Launched in March 2010 by Crossrail along with partners Atkins, Grimshaw and GIA equation, the competition challenges undergraduates to develop a concept design for a Crossrail station platform seat. The winning designer was selected by an expert panel of judges (Tom Wright (Atkins’ Design Director), Sir Nicholas Grimshaw (founding partner of Grimshaw), Julian Robinson (Crossrail Ltd Head of Stations) and Ailie MacAdam (Crossrail Central’s Commercial Director) with Ewan Mclean (Crossrail Central’s Chief Architect) as adjudicator) and offered a one year fixed term contract with Atkins.

Michael Berwin’s success follows an established Mill Hill tradition of producing world-class designers, including Ralph Tubbs OBE, FRIBA, the designer of the Dome of Discovery which was the centerpiece of the 1951 Festival of Britain.