Alford Pupils challenged to design future homes

Competition winners Rhiannon Wheatley, Cailey Thompson and Millie Johnson with Neil Kempster, Chestnut Homes' Land and Development Director. EMN-150603-124017001
Competition winners Rhiannon Wheatley, Cailey Thompson and Millie Johnson with Neil Kempster, Chestnut Homes' Land and Development Director. EMN-150603-124017001

Pupils at John Spendluffe Technology College in Alford were challenged to design a new house for a competition run by Chestnut Homes.

Pupils were set a challenge to design a property which would be suitable to be built at Willoughby Chase, the 106-home Chestnut Homes development which is being built off Willoughby Road in Alford.

Pupils were asked to explain their design, give details of the proposed layout of their property, who they thought would live in it, and how much it would sell for.

Rhiannon Wheatley was named the winner for her design for an eco-friendly house. Rhiannon’s property included solar panels to harness energy and a striking glass frontage, designed to allow plenty of natural light in and reduce the need for the lights to be switched on.

She wrote in her entry that as the demand for eco-friendly housing was “steadily increasing”, her property’s eco-friendly credentials would make it an attractive prospect to potential buyers.

Cailey Thompson was named runner-up for her design, a bungalow with adaptations to make life easier for elderly residents.

Millie Johnson won third place for her design of a sustainable four-bedroom family home, which included a water butt to save and recycle rain water, plus solar panels.

The three winners received Amazon gift vouchers.

Chestnut Homes set the competition for the students when they visited Willoughby Chase in November for a 
GCSE geography project.

Director Robert Newton said: “We were impressed by their work and decided that Rhiannon, Cailey and Millie’s homes would be the most viable if we were to build them for real. I’d like to thank the John Spendluffe students for their excellent competition entries.””