Date: 19th February 2019
Students from Leeds East Academy design a new service station
On 12 February, Andy Saville, Associate in our Leeds office took part in a student design workshop at Leeds East Academy, in conjunction with Ahead Partnership and our involvement at the Leeds Skelton Lakes Service Station.
60 year 10 students from Leeds East Academy were set a business brief to design a service station to suit the Leeds Skelton Lakes site. The students were split into groups of 6, with 2 members of each team taking part in one of three workshops (build, environmental and community considerations). The teams then regrouped and developed their ideas before discussing their scheme with the industrial mentors. 3 outstanding solutions were chosen to present their scheme to the rest of the students and to a panel of judges, where one was chosen to be the overall winner.
The students produced some excellent designs, with very well thought out content. They showed a real focus on sustainability with ideas such as photovoltaic walls, wind turbines and even a hydroelectric plant constructed on Wyke Beck. Benefits to the community also featured heavily in the designs with ideas ranging from a water sports centre and aquarium on Skelton Lake to a community centre with counselling facilities and peace garden.
The judges were especially impressed with the way that the winning team had clearly defined roles, with each member being responsible for a particular aspect of the scheme and every team member equally contributing to a very well detailed presentation.
This is the third workshop we’ve taken part in with Ahead Partnership this year, and we’re looking forward to supporting further activities with them in 2019.