Final Year Students to Showcase Work in Exciting Award Initiative

Engineering, design and recruitment specialists Contechs is sponsoring a unique automotive event which is being held for the first time at Coventry University’s Square One Cinema on the 13th June.

Entitled “Aerodynamics in Automotive Design”, the day will focus on the relationship between the objective needs of aerodynamics and the evolution of cars aesthetics and their development.

Added to this, Contechs will also be hosting its annual Steve Olney Awards, now in its 11th year, which showcases the very best in automotive design amongst graduating students at Coventry University.

Over the years the Steve Olney Awards has become an established annual event which is demonstrated by the standard of judges.

The students were judged on their final project which includes a new vehicle concept and design, with a scale model and story board display.  The standard was extremely high reflecting the university’s deserved reputation as a global force in automotive design.

10 finalists will now proceed to the Awards presentation at Coventry University where a winner and runner up will be announced.

Former winner Sina Rahmani was selected by chief designers from McLaren and Ford and has subsequently established a role within one of the Midlands leading design houses.

The Steve Olney Awards were launched in memory of their namesake, a Contechs founding director, who died suddenly in 2005. Each year the firm presents awards to the students who best demonstrate the personal values held by Steve – namely design innovation, technology, craftsmanship and helping to enhance the lives of others around them.

Peter Jarvis, Managing Director at Contechs, said: “Whilst we have always worked in association with Coventry University to provide students with the opportunity to showcase their work, this will be the first time we have worked in such close collaboration with the Art and Design School.”

He continues, “As design engineering specialists, we are both delighted and proud to have the opportunity of hosting this exciting Aerodynamics in Automotive Design initiative.  It is also extremely fitting that the Steve Olney Awards should feature in such a prestigious event as we celebrate our 20th year.”

Entrants have been judged on the overall body of work produced in their final year at university, taking into account the application of technology, craftsmanship, innovation and engineering in design.

Pete Jarvis said that the standard of award entries this year was first class with an overriding theme of autonomous vehicles and the role driverless cars will play in our future.

Established in 1997, Contechs specialises in design and engineering, trim-manufacture, materials handling and specialist recruitment.   The company has sites in Warwick, Basildon, Cologne with a workforce of over 1000 and an annual turnover of £67m.