The winners of a design competition, created by the homebuilders behind the Maidenhill consortium, have now been announced after pupils at St. Ninian’s High School and Mearns Castle High School got to work on a sculpture to welcome visitors and residents to development.
CALA Homes (West) and Taylor Wimpey West Scotland set one class from each school the task of designing a unique structure to a specific brief – with a panel of judges from the homebuilders’ technical and sales teams scoring the final nine submissions.
First place winner was David Creighton, an S4 pupil from St. Ninian’s who took his inspiration from Scottish artist, David Mach, to design a ‘futuristic fence’ made with 10 steel cuboids and brick-built pillars.
As overall winner of the competition, David’s design will act as the inspiration and basis for the final structure to be placed at the entrance of the Maidenhill development. As part of his prize, David secured £500 towards a trip for his class, as well as an Amazon voucher for himself.
The judging panel said: “David’s design showed great consideration of the materials and the detail of his design. It will fit in well with the local surroundings and will really stand out and make an impact coming into the estate.”
David said: “I am delighted to have won the competition. It will be great to see the final sculpture once it is built. Thank you to CALA and Taylor Wimpey for choosing my design, and for my prize money.”
The second prize winner was Martin Li, an S4 pupil from Mearns Castle High School, with his unique bronze and wood mix welcome sign creation. Martin also took his design a step further, incorporating photos imagining how the Maidenhill development might look once fully complete. As well as his own prize voucher, Martin was awarded £250 towards a class trip.
He said: “I am over the moon at coming in second place in this design competition. Thank you so much to Maidenhill and the judging panel for the prize money for a school trip – the rest of the class who also took part will be really pleased.”
The judges not only noted Martin’s consideration to the use of materials, but also highlighted the ‘community feel’ of his design.
The consortium team will now use David’s winning design as the inspiration to create the final structure welcoming people into the development.