The Architecture in Schools 2015 design competition winners – chosen from 19 schools in Tower Hamlets, Southwark and Waltham Forest – have been announced at the East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf.

The brief was to design “a city home for bees, birds and bugs”, with the overall winning school getting their design built.

This year's overall winner was St Paul’s Whitechapel Primary School, with St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School and Cubitt Town Junior School, winning in the Research, Design Development and Environmentally Friendly categories respectively.

Pupils from Cubitt Town Junior School working on their design

Lea Valley Primary School teacher Valarie Beyoglu, who has been part of the project for two years running, said: “It enabled the children to make the link between learning in the classroom and the world that surrounds us, regardless of ability or language barriers.

“Some of the children have been inspired to consider a career in architecture and, for children living in an official area of social deprivation, that is a real achievement.”

The awards, run by Open City and backed by Canary Wharf Group , were presented on Monday, July 13.