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Exeter City Council’s Royal Albert Museum and Art Gallery (RAMM) is launching a new exhibition this weekend from 18 June to 11 September – ‘Brick by Brick’ which will feature nine models from Exeter’s vibrant history, made out of LEGO®.

Building Greater Exeter teamed up with RAMM to host a competition for all the primary schools in Exeter, Teignbridge and East Devon. The aim was to engage and encourage pupils to think about construction in a fun and creative way and to raise awareness of the different roles in the sector.

Over 30 schools entered the competition is to ‘Design and build a model for Exeter’s future’. As well as producing their design from LEGO®, the pupils had to state:

  • what their design is
  • why would they like it
  • what is the environmental impact and what sustainable construction methods might be used?

The top three entries will have their model on display as part of the exhibition and all the schools keep the LEGO® for ongoing construction activities or clubs at their schools.

The Competition
There was a panel of six judges from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Morgan Sindall, SDS Engineering Consultants, Constructing Excellence SW, Willmott Dixon and Liveable Exeter.

The standard of entries was extremely high and the judges had a tough time picking just three from the 31 entries.

They were so impressed with the creativity the students displayed and the variety of models submitted, from ‘homes for the homeless and refugees, to space museums, aquariums and floating stages’, to name just a few.

The top three in alphabetical order:

  • Awliscombe CofE Primary School – for their model of multi-purpose building including a museum, skate park, well-being garden and medical bay
  • Ide Primary School – for their model of a house of the future with a flying car and wind turbine
  • St Leonards CofE Primary School – for their model of a disability centre with sensory garden and swimming pool

With Starcross Primary School highly commended for their model of an eco-friendly building with roof garden and solar panels.

Celebration Weekend 18-19 June
To celebrate the participation and imagination of all the children that got involved with this competition, RAMM are hosting a celebration event this weekend to display as many models as possible.

Thanks to all the supporters of the competition which helped extend the reach to over 30 primary schools to receive LEGO®: Liveable Exeter, Morgan Sindall, Willmott Dixon, SDS Engineering Consultants, Constructing Excellence SW, Exeter Science Park and Bam.

Museum entry is free. Brick by Brick exhibition tickets are priced from £2.50 to £4.50 and activities and events are bookable and priced individually.

More information and tickets available at

Ide Primary School

St Leonards CofE Primary School

Awliscombe CofE Primary School