Designs for the future

Pupils from Crookfur Primary School with their Homes Of The Future models.''Pictured are both winning teams.''Pictured left to right with Neil Parry (Charles Church), Audrey Grubb (Class Teacher) - Leigh Edgar, Lauren Hall, Ben McCann, Zain Mohammed, Josh McGugan, Alan Munn, Craig Edgar, Paul MArshall, Kevin Bull.''7/6/12''Picture � Andy Buchanan 2012
Pupils from Crookfur Primary School with their Homes Of The Future models.''Pictured are both winning teams.''Pictured left to right with Neil Parry (Charles Church), Audrey Grubb (Class Teacher) - Leigh Edgar, Lauren Hall, Ben McCann, Zain Mohammed, Josh McGugan, Alan Munn, Craig Edgar, Paul MArshall, Kevin Bull.''7/6/12''Picture � Andy Buchanan 2012

SCHOOL holidays or none, pupils from Crookfur primary school may bump into each other this month – at an exhibition of their own house designs.

Before the summer break, primary four, five and six pupils at the Newton Mearns school were challenged by housebuilding firm Charles Church to create a model of their ideal home – one suitable for the young families of East Renfrewshire.

The project, adapted by staff at Crookfur primary in line with the curriculum for excellence programme, placed the children in groups and asked them to consider building materials, property layout and the location of their very own development.

Models had to be no higher than three storeys and feature a bathroom, kitchen and family room, and the youngsters were asked to give the design an eye-catching quality.

Neil Parry, design manager for Charles Church Scotland, explained that the company’s current development, Maxwell Gait, was used to stimulate the imaginations of Crookfur’s budding architects.

He continued: “The models were very detailed, clearly defining 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”.

Teacher Audrey Grubb added: “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”.

Those youngsters who developed a taste for design can boast their first exhibition at an early age, as pictures of the winning models are on display in the Maxwell Gait showhome for the next month.