DESIGN COMPETITION – (Registration date now CLOSED)

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Banham Group are holding a competition in conjunction with the Royal College of Art

About Banham:

The Banham Group are the largest and premier supplier and installer of security systems in London and the South East of England.

Founded in 1926 when William F Banham invented the first automatic door bolt, Banham became and still are pioneers in the production of the highest quality, patented locks.  Although Banham are most renowned for their iconic locks, keys, and alarms, they have a vast range of products and services including bespoke doors, safes and gun cabinets, CCTV, 24 hour monitoring and response services.  

They are proud to remain a family owned and run business, currently led by the third generation of the Banham family. 

The Brief:

Banham are thrilled to be celebrating their 90th anniversary. To mark this significant milestone, Banham are offering RCA students and alumni the chance to be included within their celebrations by creating unique and captivating pieces that will be showcased throughout London in their showrooms and new headquarters.

The competition is open to all disciplines at the RCA and entrants are encouraged to be imaginative with representing Banham’s 90 years through design. The designs are to be inspired by Banham’s long-standing heritage, products and services and are to showcase 90 years of protecting people’s homes, families and businesses. 

Banham products are made up from a variety of intricate and engineered component parts and entrants are encouraged to use these to draw inspiration. Banham will supply where required and within reason the following items from their product ranges to be used in the final design piece: Keys, Locks & component parts & Alarm shields. Banham will hold an open morning for entrants to visit their new HQ to view and get a feel for the equipment that is used as well as Banham’s culture and history – take a look at their history timeline, first ever brochures and locks, dimple keys, alarm shields etc.  For more information please visit.

To get you started please scroll through the Inspiration Board below

Banham L2000 High Quality Door Locknew lock

What’s in it for you?:

A winning prize of £5000 will be awarded for our HQ & anniversary party display. Runners up will be selected for display in Banham showrooms with prizes of £1000.

The winner and runners up will be presented with their prizes at the official anniversary party in September 2016.

We would encourage all entrants to keep a diary about their experience, this could be in the form of photography, sketches or video – even just your own social media page.  Banham would love to see them! Tag @BanhamSecurity on Instagram or Twitter with the competition hashtag #BanhamRCA90years to give them and their customers a sneak peek.

How to Submit Your Entry:

Date for registration is now CLOSED


We have now selected our chosen finalists of the design competition, the individuals will have recently been contacted to inform them of their success and we congratulate them on reaching the next stage. The decision was very difficult as we had so many wonderful ideas and for those of you that have not been successful we would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for taking the time to submit your designs and we wish you the best of luck for all your future endeavours.

Competition Timelines:

** Please note, dates have been changed**

Wednesday 20th April – Registration opens

Wednesday 22nd June – Registration closes for initial design ideas, no further entries will be accepted after this date

Friday 15th July – Our chosen finalists will be announced and notified

Thursday 4th August – We will invite the chosen finalists to Banham HQ for lunch and to meet the Board of Directors

Wednesday 21st September – Deadline for finalists to submit their finished designs

Wednesday 28 thSeptember – Winners will be announced and awarded at Banham’s 90th Anniversary celebration

The Small Print

Entry Requirement

This competition is restricted to students and Alumni of the Royal College of Art (RCA). Submissions made without design ideas will not be counted.


Please note that upon receipt of the winners receiving their cash prizes, all Intellectual Property and or Design Work connected with their entries in the competition will automatically be transferred to Banham Group.


Banham Group may at any time choose to cancel the competition without any recourse to the entrants.


This communication and any files transmitted or associated with it contain confidential information intended solely for students and Alumni of the Royal College of Art (RCA), the faculty of the RCA and Banham Group. Any dissemination, distribution, copying or action taken in reliance on the contents herein by anyone other than those individuals referred to is strictly prohibited.

Banham Group Rights

Please be aware that all intellectual property rights, trademarks and design marks of Banham Group and all its subsidiary brand labels are the sole property of Banham Patent Locks Ltd, Banham Group®© 2016.