Civils & Lintels gets crafty to encourage the younger generation

Civils & Lintels gets crafty to encourage the younger generation

Specialist civils merchant Civils and Lintels has launched a competition to inspire children to think about engineering and help parents trying to juggle working from home and childcare during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.

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The #GetCrafty competition challenges children to build a structure out of everyday household items such as cardboard boxes, kitchen roll tubes, loo roll tubes and they could win a prize of up to £300. There are two age groups, 11 and under and 12-18 and the prices are: £300, £150 & £50 in high street vouchers for the top three in each age group.

All entries will be judged by a Civils & Lintels panel and a shortlist will be published on LinkedIn for a public vote to decide the eventual winners.

The entry deadline is April 14th and the winners will be announced on April 20th.

Civils and Lintels marketing manager Derek Booth says: “Nobody could have guessed that we would all be confined to our homes, having to work from makeshift offices whilst trying to keep the children indoors and entertained.

“This competition is a reaction to an unpredictable and unprecedented situation that has left us all feeling uncertain about the future; a reaction that tries to benefit everyone by injecting a bit of well-timed fun to keep our children entertained so we can work from home, get the housework done or spend time having fun with our kids if we’ve been furloughed.”

However, he adds that the longer term goal of this competition is arguably the most important.  It is to try and get young people interested in becoming engineers, builders, architects or anything in the construction industry. “Our wonderful industry, like most, will suffer in the post-COVID19 world and we desperately need to inspire children to become the next civil engineers, groundworkers, bricklayers, merchants & manufacturers to ensure its longevity. The main goal of this competition, which cannot accurately be measured, is to inspire our children to think about a future in our industry instead of another.  To inspire creativity at a time we may not be feeling very creative and inspire at a time we may be feeling extremely uninspired.”

Full details are available at


And Facebook post:




  1. Follow @Civils & Lintels on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter
  2. Post a picture of your creation and tag @Civils & Lintels
  3. Include the first name, location and age of your future builder, civil engineer or groundworker (Georgia, 12, London)
  4. Use hashtags #GetCrafty #ArtsandCraftsmanship #CivilsandLintels

Please make sure the age is included so we know which age group competition your creation is to be entered into.



LinkedIn, Facebook & Twitter. Please be sure to follow @Civils & Lintels and tag us when you post your picture on your page. You also need to include: #GetCrafty #ArtsandCraftsmanship #CivilsandLintels

So, inspire your children to join in, whether it’s for their enjoyment, your sanity or to set them on the path to becoming the New Civil Engineers, it’s time to #GetCrafty.




About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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