Help Leeds countdown to the Grand Depart

A city-wide competition, open to all, has been launched by Leeds City Council, the University, and Trinity Leeds to design a clock which will count down to the start of the Tour de France.


Students from the School of Mechanical Engineering will turn the winning entry into reality, and the clock will be placed in the Trinity Leeds centre as a focal point as Leeds builds towards the day of the Grand Départ on 5 July.

A design brief for anyone interesting in submitting an entry can be downloaded from the Leeds City Council website or can be requested by email.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure and skills Councillor Lucinda Yeadon said: “The creative community in Leeds is thriving with designers, makers, architects and artists at the cutting edge of their field. This competition offers an opportunity to spotlight and celebrate the creative talent we have and create a striking, visual reminder building excitement towards the Tour de France Grand Départ. We want to encourage people to come forward with the most innovative and imaginative designs they can to help us mark this incredible event.”

Senior Teaching Fellow in the School of Mechanical Engineering Dan Trowsdale said: “We’re really excited about this commission. The Tour de France in Leeds is a once in a lifetime event and for our engineering and product design students to be able to play a part in that is a fantastic opportunity, and a great way to celebrate the city’s young talent at the same time.”

The closing date for submitting a design is Friday 7 February at 5.30pm. A shortlist of designs will be announced the following week. The winning designer will work with University staff and students to develop detailed technical drawings and design the mechanism to build the clock.

The clock will be unveiled on Thursday 27 March, marking 100 days to go to the Grand Départ and the start of the Yorkshire Festival of arts and culture leading up to the event.

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