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Design Awards 2018

After a very successful first year, Heatrae Sadia is delighted to be announcing the Design Awards competition for the second year running! Once again, we are searching for the next generation of talent to design an innovative product in the “Water Heating” product category.

This fantastic competition is open to UK university students on a relevant degree programme, giving them the opportunity to win £10,000.00!

Are you up for this design challenge? On your marks, get set, go!

Please download and read our brief in full.


Please email all competition submissions to:

Alternatively, submissions can be posted to: Sally Laurie, Heatrae Sadia, Hurricane Way, Norwich, NR6 6EA


You can find the terms and conditions for the competition here.

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Design awards winner 2017

Last year's winner

“I really enjoyed taking part in Heatrae Sadia's Design Award 2017 and was delighted to win the competition. It's a unique opportunity to come up with an innovative idea for energy conservation in the electric water heating industry. With the great support, feedbacks and the factory tour from Heatrae Sadia, I have gained a much better understanding on designing to meet the industrial standards and commercial considerations. I would recommend this competition to other design and engineering students." Jennifer Wong

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who are Heatrae Sadia?
  • What do I need to submit for my entry?
  • Can I enter as part of a group?
  • I am not studying an Engineering/Product Design based degree. Can I still enter?
  • What is the judging process for the competition?
  • Will there be an awards ceremony?
  • I am a UK citizen studying overseas, can I still enter?
  • My design is being manufactured by myself or an external company, can I still enter?
  • Will my product be manufactured by Heatrae Sadia?
  • Will I be expected to participate in publicity?

We are a market-leading electric heating and hot water products manufacturer specialising in domestic and commercial hot water, hygiene and drinking water solutions and renewable technology.

See our About Us page to learn more about Heatrae Sadia.

All information on entries and submissions will be available to download on the Design Awards brief. 

Yes. All of those taking part must, however, be studying at a UK University. Providing your design is picked as a winner, the cash prize will be shared equally between you. If you are a runner up, you will all be offered a 3D printed model of your design, a factory tour with an award certificate, product development presentations and a Q&A session.

Yes. The competition is open to all UK University students who feel they can meet the brief.

After the final closing date on the 31st May 2018, a team of industry experts will review the projects and pick five students to enter the second stage. The five designers that have been selected will be announced in June 2018. There will be an invitation for these finalists to visit our Norwich offices and present their product to a panel.

The panel will discuss and review each project and select an overall winner. These will be announced in August 2018.

There will not be an awards ceremony, but all winners will be invited to one of our UK offices and presented their award by our company director. The winning students will have a full day at Heatrae Sadia, where they will have the chance to gain insight to the function of a real world, successful manufacturer. They will receive a full factory tour and sit in on product development presentations and Q&A sessions run by industry professionals.

Sorry. The scheme is only available to those studying at a UK University.

No. The design you submit should not have been commercialised or manufactured elsewhere.

There is no guarantee that your design will be produced by Heatrae Sadia. Our main focus for the Heatrae Sadia Design Awards is to give young designers the opportunity to gain industry experience with a market-leading company.

Yes. In the event that you are a winner, runners-up or finalists of the competition, by agreeing to our Terms and Conditions, you are confirming that you will take part in any associated publicity and promotional activity.

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