UK judges for global future cities competition announced

The judges for a competition which seeks ideas to help tackle homelessness in Glasgow have been announced.

Organised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the ‘Cities for our Future’ competition aims to find innovative and practical ideas that can help solve problems in our rapidly growing cities with the overall winner of the global competition receiving a prize of £50,000.

Those entering the competition have been asked to propose solutions to issues affecting cities globally, with the choice to either use one of the 24 global cities and issues highlighted by RICS - including Glasgow, Manchester and London – or to address these issues in a city of their choice.

  • Glasgow: Entrants are asked to consider what new ideas can help cities like Glasgow tackle high levels of homelessness.
  • Manchester: Entrants are asked to consider how growing cities like Manchester can use data and technology to improve the quality of life and work for their citizens.
  • London: Entrants are asked to consider how cities with poor air quality like London can encourage investment in cleaner air initiatives.
  • The five judges for the UK finals are:

    • Amanda Clack - executive director, head of strategic consulting and member of the UK Board CBRE
    • Ann Bentley - Rider Levett Bucknall
    • Peter J Haggarty - chairman of RICS in Scotland and director of construction and facilities management, University of Glasgow.
    • Simon Pott - chartered surveyor, land agent and auctioneer
    • Chris Sutton - lead director, JLL, Cardiff
    • The competition is open until the 31 May 2018, and judging in the UK will take place in June with the winner going forward to a final global shortlist of 12. The regional shortlist will be announced at the end of June, and the winners announced in July.

      Those on the final global shortlist will then receive mentoring and support from an experienced RICS surveying professional to further develop their idea in advance of the final to be held in November 2018.

      Peter J Haggarty, chairman of RICS in Scotland, said: “It is a real honour to be a judge for this important competition. I am very much looking forward to seeing the exciting and innovative entries from young people and entrepreneurs in the UK. Cities in the UK face some huge challenges, from providing enough affordable housing to moving towards a low carbon economy and it is my hope that this competition will help us find the ideas to solve these problems.”

      The competition, launched in January has already attracted a large number of entries from across the UK and around the world.

      Those wishing to enter the competition should visit

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