College’s double top in architecture contest

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Students from a Rotherham college scooped the top two prizes in a contest designed to stretch the imaginations of the region’s young architects of the future.

Teams from Thomas Rotherham College won £1,000 and £750 each in resources for their college in the annual Forgotten Spaces - Young Creatives competition, which is run by Sheffield Hallam University.

The aim is to come up with an idea which will improve a neglected area in their local neighbourhood.

The winning team came up with plans for a new common room where students from Rotherham’s two main colleges could integrate and socialise.

It won praise from competition judges for its ‘outstanding innovation that met the competition criteria at every level’.

One of the judges was professional architect Chris Paterson, 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.”

The second Thomas Rotherham team were declared runners-up for their design to build The Pentagon - a public area offering a place to relax while taking in views over Rotherham.

Last year’s winners Hillsborough College claimed the third prize of £500 after designing Hallam Garden - an area in the centre of Sheffield for people to relax in and allow fine art students to display their work.

Joe Bradley, 17, of the winning team, said: “We really didn’t expect to win, especially when the third and second prizes were announced.”