Contechs is delighted to announce the winner of the 2018 Steve Olney Memorial Award.  Held in conjunction with Coventry University School of Art and Design’s Degree Show of final year undergraduates, this prestigious award celebrates the exceptional design and engineering talent of the university’s undergraduates.

 Contechs’ Managing Director, Peter Jarvis said, “We are very pleased to be able to hold these annual awards in conjunction with the Degree Show and having the chance to showcase the next generation of engineers who will help lead and shape the future of the engineering industry”.

 The judges awarded first place to Christofer Saetrang who won with his design for his ‘Alfa Milano’ – a bespoke sub-brand aimed as an alternative to the Alfa Romeo current mass-market models, which Christofer described as “custom coach built luxury vehicles for the automotive elite, unsatisfied with the mainstream line-up, recapturing the essence of the Alfa brand…”.

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 2nd place went to Aiden Richardson for ‘The Mov’, a Modular Organised Vehicle, and 3rd place was awarded to Harry Adams for the ‘Glacier’, a Polar Exploration Sailing Yacht.

 Ian Brookes, Commercial Director of Contechs commented, “The level of this year’s entries for the Steve Olney Memorial Award were exceptionally high which made it incredibly hard for the judges to choose a winner.  Therefore, in addition to the top three awards, for the first time in this competition, five students – George Mayhugh, Alexander Brown, Adam MacKerron, Yoan Tsonev, and Drew Thomas – were highly commended for their work”.

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 Judging this year’s awards were, Chris Hamilton, Design Director at Ford, Richard Woolley, Design Studio Director at Jaguar Land Rover, and Peter Birtwhistle, Former Chief Designer at Mazda.

 If you would like to find out more about the Steve Olney Memorial Award, please contact us on 01268 582800, or