Nottingham architecture students complete live project for Suffolk local authority


Second year interior architecture and design students from Nottingham Trent University recently completed a live project with the local authority of St Edmundsbury in Suffolk.

With briefing sessions from the client, Gary Thorogood-Page, Buildings & Landscape Design Advisor for the National Trust, the objective of the project was to conserve and preserve a set of derelict agricultural buildings in an acre of land.

Students had to consider the character and identity of the existing buildings and its relationship to a new extension, considering the use of local materials and the relationship between the old and new.

A number of students were awarded Prizes. Innovative awards went to Lillian Elliott, Regan Brien, Jed Salmon and Eve Trickett.

Captivating presentations, aesthetically pleasing models, design ideas, and visual communications awards were givento Hermione Garnett-Spear, Joshua Berry, Candra Santoso, Erin Hughes, Kitty Berkley, Claire O’Connell and Grainne Stewart.

Senior Lecturer Doug Gittens commented: “The students enjoyed the live aspect of the project very much and engaged with the problem solving well.

“The problems were very challenging, as a few of the buildings had a small footprint and very low ceiling heights in the roof space. It is also partially derelict, which provided a range of contextual design problems to consider; what should be retained and restored and what should be demolished.”

Gary Thorogood-Page, Chartered Landscape Architect, and Buildings & Landscape Adviser for the National Trust said: “I was very impressed with the quality and amount of work that students produced.

The project has shown there are some aspiring and talented designers, we could hopefully consider building a closer relationship and using NTU and the students of Interior Architecture for future projects within the National Trust”.