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Young architects receive design advice from housebuilder

12 July 2012

Children from a Newton Mearns primary school have revealed their design expertise to Charles Church.

A group of 100 primary four, five and six year pupils from Crookfur Primary School were challenged by Charles Church to build a model of their ideal home for the future, which would be suitable for young families in Newton Mearns.

The task, developed by staff at Crookfur in line with a Curriculum for Excellence, required the pupils to work in groups to address the design brief taking into consideration building materials, property layout and development location.

Charles Church Scotland’s Design Manager, Neil Parry, said: “We are currently building homes at our Maxwell Gait development, just down the road from the school and this is what stimulated the children’s interest.

“The models were very detailed clearly defining the room usage and the building materials that would be used.

“Each group demonstrated a clear understanding of the task and communicated their findings very professionally. Pictures of the winning models will be displayed in our showhome for the next month.”

Crookfur Primary School teacher, Audrey Grubb, said the children displayed real enthusiasm for the design and technology project.

“Neil initially gave the children an insight into the importance of land choice, architectural specifications, building regulations and customer profile to begin to ignite their imagination.

“The models could be no higher than three storeys and had to feature a bathroom, kitchen and family room and had to have an eye-catching quality. The children planned it out on paper first before building the model.

“We were very grateful to Charles Church for its commitment and for Neil who gave up a substantial amount of time for the children. It was a fantastic project and very worthwhile giving the children a clear insight into the varied design elements of homes in their local area.”

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