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Pupils at Rykneld Primary School in Burton, Staffordshire, had the chance to design their own buildings with the help of a team of architects during a special Architecture Day on Wednesday.

Organised by St. Modwen, which is currently working on a multi-million pound extension to the school, 65 Year Five pupils took part in the day, during which they were given their first glimpse at what their new building is going to look like inside and out.

Architects from CPMG Architects – the firm that designed the extension – taught the 9 and 10-year-old school children how to use specialist 3D design software, and challenged them to sketch designs for their own individual dens, before constructing scale models using cardboard, pipe cleaners, lollipop sticks, cling film and tin foil.

Ian Romano, senior development surveyor at St. Modwen, said:  “We’re creating an inspirational educational environment for the pupils and we want them to feel involved in it.

“Those who took part in Architecture Day will now look at the extension building in a different light – and who knows, some of them may now want to be architects or interior designers when they grow up.”

The budding young designers were excited to learn that one of the CPMG Architects, Ashley Stanworth, was once a Rykneld Primary School pupil himself.

Natalie Smith, 10, said she wanted to follow in his footsteps. “I want to be an architect now. It will be cool to know that people are living and working in buildings you’ve created.”

Her classmate Thomas Astbury, also 10, said: “It’s been fun, tricky and challenging. I’ve loved today all the way through.”

Anil Parmar,project director for CPMG Architects, who put together the day’s programme of activities, said: “It was inspiring to see the children enjoying the creative sessions and how much they already knew about buildings and architecture. It was so successful that CPMG Architects is looking at delivering an Architecture Day at other schools.”

The two-storey extension at Rykneld Primary School, which is due to be completed this summer, is part of St. Modwen’s wider Branston Leas development south of Branston, which includes the creation of up to 660 new homes, as well as employment opportunities. 

The UK’s leading regeneration specialist is delivering 10 new classrooms at the school, creating 160 additional primary places, 23 of which will be for reception-age children.

Extra staff and pupil support rooms and a large sports hall are under construction and outside sports facilities are being enhanced with the creation of an all-weather pitch and improved hard and soft play areas.