Thursday, June 27, 2013

News: TRC students have designs on Rotherham's forgotten spaces


Students from Thomas Rotherham College (TRC) have scooped the top two prizes in a competition that encourages budding young architects to design an idea to improve a forgotten space in their local neighbourhoods.

The first placed team won £1,000 in resources for the college in the Forgotten Spaces - Young Creatives competition, run by Sheffield Hallam University and supported by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Yorkshire and the Sheffield Society of Architects. The team included students Mona Jalali and Joe Bradley, who developed a design for a new "Common Room" for youngsters from Thomas Rotherham College and Rotherham College of Art and Technology to integrate and socialise. It was praised by competition judges for its "outstanding innovation that met the competition criteria at every level."

One of the judges was professional architect Chris Paterson, winner of the Sheffield Forgotten Spaces 2011 competition, who said: "The work was absolutely amazing, especially when you consider the age of some of the students who took part. It's really encouraging to see more and more young people taking part in the competition and I think we've definitely seen some future architects here."

A second team from Thomas Rotherham College scooped a further £750 in resources after they were declared runners-up for their design to build "The Pentagon" - a public area offering a place to relax while taking in the views over Rotherham.

Joe Bradley, 17, of the winning team (pictured above, second from right), said: "We really didn't expect to win, especially when the third and second prizes were announced and because so many things went wrong when we were preparing it. But, we're really proud of it now and loads of people have been really positive about our design and have said they wish it was actually being built."

Head judge, Professor Norman Wienand, who heads up the department architecture and planning said: "This competition has really captured the imagination of the pupils involved and I am sure we are looking at the work of the architects and planners of the future.

"It's great to be able to work with young people on ideas for their own communities and show them the processes involved in regenerating our cities."

TRC website
Sheffield Hallam University website

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