PRIMARY PUPIL MOHAMMAD WINS ‘HOUSE OF THE FUTURE’ DESIGN COMPETITION

PRIMARY PUPIL MOHAMMAD WINS ‘HOUSE OF THE FUTURE’ DESIGN COMPETITION

A CINEMA, an ice cream shop, a parking bay for a space ship and an underground hot tub – just some of the superb specifications of the ‘house of the future’ created by Mohammad Formuli, who won Redrow’s Wakefield Archi-tots competition.

Mohammad, aged eight, a year four pupil at Pinders Primary, was one of a number of four to nine-year olds from local primary schools who entered the competition which encouraged youngsters’ creative talents.

He has been awarded the chance to visit one of Redrow’s Wakefield developments with his classmates to see how the latest design skills are put into practice, and also received £250 for himself AND his school.

Lorna Kemplay, head teacher at Pinders Primary in Eastmoor Road – not far from Redrow’s City Fields development - said: “We chose Mohammad’s class to take part in the competition because it fitted in so well with their current curriculum topic of ‘Window on the World’, looking at the local area and what we see around us.

“Plus, the children are aware of the housebuilding going on around us – and we have had building work at the school recently because we are expanding as a result of all the new housing in the area.  It fitted perfectly.”

The focus for the pupils was coming up with creative ideas for their ideal future home and Mrs Kemplay added: “The competition element meant they put more effort into it. That was a big incentive, and the children really enjoy doing things that are a little bit different.

“I think Mohammad was a little bit shell-shocked when he learned he had won – but very pleased, as were we. The school has won £250 too, which we will put towards buying more books.”

Mohammad will now go through to compete with pupils from York, Leeds and Huddersfield, for the opportunity to take the overall Yorkshire Archi-tot title.

The Archi-tots competition supports Redrow’s commitment to bring young people into construction and introduce them to the industry at an early age.

Joanne Hoyland, area sales manager with Redrow Homes (Yorkshire), whose current developments also include St John’s Mews, off Westfield Road, close to Wakefield city centre, said it was great to get children from the area involved and give them an insight into housebuilding.

“Redrow always likes to become part of the community in any area where it is building and this is a great way for us to contribute and to encourage participation,” said Joanne. “It helps to give the youngsters an understanding of what we do and what is going on at the developments they might see on their way to and from school.

“It is wonderful, too, to get the children excited about a project and to see their creativity.  We’re now looking forward to welcoming Mohammed and his classmates to City Fields to see how we put our designs into practice. And who knows, after designing a house of the future we may be hosting a Redrow architect of the future!”

For more information about Redrow’s Wakefield developments visit  www.redrow.co.uk/cityfields and www.redrow.co.uk/stjohnsmews.