Dartington children's award-winning design wins a new school classroom
Youngsters at a Devon school looked on as their new classroom was carefully lifted into position.
The £100,000 building was delivered on a crane in two halves over the huge lime trees at Park School on the Dartington Hall Estate, near Totnes.
The primary school beat more than 400 schools to win a national competition called "Refurb or Rebuild Live!" where the children were asked to design their ideal classroom.
Four children, aged 9–11, from the school produced a "blue sky" design to embrace sustainability and extend the relationship of the building with the school grounds.
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Teacher Amanda Bellamy, said: "I am so pleased that the competition showed Park School's characteristic creativity, resilience and ability to communicate shines on a national level. Winning the new classroom is beyond our wildest dreams and is an amazing addition to our school. One of the children said that it is like a new birthday present that you have wanted for ages and can't wait to play with' and I agree.
"There will be many years of learning through play happening in this building which will serve as a reminder to all that children learn and focus best what they are most interested in.
"We hope to move in sometime in late February."
The competition was set up to inspire children's interest in design and architecture, and to encourage creativity.
The winning designs, some inspired by Totnes' Transition Town movement, faced competition from over 400 schools.
Park School was one of only four primary school finalists invited to take part in the last stage of the competition held at the London Design Centre in Islington.
A spokesman from the panel of judges said: "The children considered sustainability and the relationship with the outside space coming up with an excellent winning design."