Students design sustainable futuristic homes

Construction tutor Lynsey Hanson with art teacher Nick Freer, pupils and students with Valeria Carnevale - far right
Construction tutor Lynsey Hanson with art teacher Nick Freer, pupils and students with Valeria Carnevale - far right
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From homes in the jungle to dwellings in futuristic apples, and tree houses that grow with the family – these were some of the ideas for sustainable homes in the future college students came up with as part of a contest.

Students on the BTEC Diploma in construction and the built environment at Vision West Nottinghamshire College were set the challenge to design a sustainable and environmentally friendly home of the future – based in the year 2080.

Designs were judged by tutor Lynsey Hanson and Valeria Carnevale, who is a lecturer in architecture and civil engineering at the University of Derby.

Joining students in the house design project were year seven students from Shirebrook Academy who worked on the home design challenge during their art and design classes.

West Notts College’s design winners Elizabeth Findlay and Scott Symonds were praised for their tree house idea, which would grow with the family, reflecting the tree growth and would be powered by solar panels and geothermal heat and turbines.

Winners of the Shirebrook Academy idea went to Ellie Mahan, Karma Edmunds and Taya Brocklehurst with their big apple house.