Student Design Competition for Worthing Town Centre

The winner has been announced for the Council's Student Design Competition after an exciting final at an event at Worthing Town Hall on Friday 10th March 2023.

The competition was organised in response to The Big Listen, in which councillors and Council staff travelled around the borough hearing from residents what they like about their town and what they'd like to see improved. Part of the feedback from our younger residents was that children and young people would like more activities, and to see more spaces designed with them in mind.

In response to this, the competition was launched to involve and inspire children, whilst ensuring that young people are at the heart of creating sustainable, vibrant spaces that everyone can enjoy.

Entries were received from schools across the borough, with pupils working in teams or individually to imagine sustainable and inspirational improvements to central Worthing spaces.


The winning design was by Freya Bezencon, from St. Andrew's CofE High School.

Freya's entry was selected as the winning design by Mayor of Worthing Cllr Henna Chowdhury at a special event at Worthing Town Hall, attended by the three student design finalists as well as Worthing Councillors.

Freya's design will be brought to life as drawings and visualisations by a professional architect thanks to Project Centre, a locally-based design, engineering and landscape architecture consultancy. She also won a £1,000 prize for her school.

Freya Bezencon's entry - WINNER 1

Freya Bezencon's entry - WINNER 2

Freya Bezencon's entry - WINNER 3

Photo: (left to right) Cllr Vicki Wells, Worthing's Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Martin McCabe, Worthing's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Freya Benzencon, St Andrews, receiving the winner's award, Mayor of Worthing Cllr Henna Chowdhury, and James Sansom-Costantini, Head of STEM and D&T, St Andrews

PR23-031 - Freya Benzencon, St Andrews, receiving the award


Two finalists were also selected by Cllr Vicki Wells, Worthing's Cabinet Member for the Environment, and by Cllr Martin McCabe, Worthing's Cabinet Member for Regeneration. The two finalists were:

Frankie Owen-Sims, Davison High School

Frankie Owen-Sims's entry - FINALIST


Oliver Seeds, Lancing Prep

Oliver Seeds's entry - FINALIST

Photo: (left to right) The award winners: Oliver Seeds (finalist), Mayor of Worthing, Cllr Henna Chowdhury, Freya Benzencon (winner) and Frankie Owen-Sims (finalist)

PR23-031 - The award winners pictured with the Mayor of Worthing, Cllr Henna Chowdhury


The runners-up, in alphabetical order, are:

Ben Blackburn, Lancing Prep

Ben Blackburn's entry


Bertie F and Regan C, Lancing Prep

Bertie F and Regan C's entry


Connie Lipscomb, Bohunt School

Connie Lipscomb's entry


Edward Jose, St Andrew's CofE High School

Edward Jose's entry


Elliot Gisbey, Lancing Prep

Elliot Gisbey's entry


Eva M and Lexi P, Lancing Prep

Eva M and Lexi P's entry


Freddie Parsons, St Andrew's CofE High School

Freddie Parsons's entry


Imogen Watts, Lancing Prep

Imogen Watts


Jessica B, Unaysah K and Devon S, Lancing Prep

Jessica B, Unaysah K and Devon S's entry


John Henry, Lancing Prep

John Henry (2)


Joshua Robinson, St Andrew's CofE High School

Joshua Robinson's entry


Katie Oakley, Davison High School

Katie Oakley's entry


Lucas Condor, Lancing Prep

Lucas Condor's entry


Orson W, Harry S, Harry C, Leila F, Kimberley L and Raffy D, Lancing Prep

Orson W, Harry S, Harry C, Leila F, Kimberley L and Raffy D's entry


Phoebe B and Ruby H, Lancing Prep

Phoebe B and Ruby H's entry


Samuel Bencat, Lancing  Prep

Samuel Bencat's entry


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Page last updated: 21 March 2023

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