Lancashire students design nursery spaces

Artist impression of the social area designed by UCLan students for Lovania Nurseries Ltd
Artist impression of the social area designed by UCLan students for Lovania Nurseries Ltd
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Talented design students are branching out into the gardening field.

Family-run Lovania Nurseries Ltd in Tarleton called on third year architecture students from the University of Central Lancashire to design new recreational and staff canteen facilities .

The firm, which grows plants and bulbs for UK garden centres and major retailers, teamed up with the university for a week-long design competition for students.

The winning design focuses on flexible space, a multi-entrance dining facility, al-fresco furniture and long dining room tables for staff to socialise.

The winning team comprised six third year architecture students – Yousif Saeed Al-khafajy, Marvin Edwards, Atessa Ghiassi, Oliver Hamilton, Ella Leonie Holicki, and Jordan Shaw.

Olivers said: “It was great to work on a real project for a client who will take our ideas forward.

“We got a great insight into how the design process works in industry and although it was a very intensive few days, it felt great to win the competition and receive positive immediate feedback.”

The company’s head of purchasing Paul Rossington said: “The winning design will form the basis of construction plans to bring the new facilities to life.

“The staff centre will provide both a meeting place and a communal area for mealtimes and social interaction.

“Its design has communication and community at its core .

“It provides a comfortable, informal space where personnel from all departments can mix, share ideas and catch up with inter-departmental activity at break times.”