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WINNER REVEALED IN PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION WITH LOCAL COLLEGE STUDENTS

The winner has been announced in a photography competition with students at Warwickshire College at a special presentation event. The event took place at St. Modwen Homes’ Edison Place development on Technology Drive, in Rugby.

The Mayor of Rugby, Councillor Anthony Gillias presented the award, worth £250, to the winning student, Tirtha Lawati, alongside Warwickshire College’s Richard Brennan, Head of the School of Arts and Jane Murray, Lead for Photography, together with Bev Hall, Sales and Marketing Director at St. Modwen Homes.

The photography competition was organised and funded by St. Modwen Homes, in partnership with the photography team at Warwickshire College, and was designed to give local students an opportunity to gain valuable work experience in a project aimed at conveying what Rugby and Warwickshire mean to local people.

Tirtha, said: “I’m so pleased and surprised to have been named the winner, against so many other brilliant entries. I am really interested in the way structure and urban architecture is presented in photography and enjoyed practising different techniques to capture detail and dimension for my submission – I can’t wait to put the prize money towards a new piece of equipment which will assist me in developing my photography skills further.”

Tirtha was awarded with £250 vouchers for a specialist camera store to spend on new equipment, whilst a printed canvas of his winning work will be exhibited in the sales and marketing suite at Edison Place, for potential purchasers and visitors to enjoy.

As part of the competition, the top 20 shortlisted photos are now on display in a public gallery at Edison Place. Each student also received a signed certificate of participation from St. Modwen Homes to include in their portfolios.

Cllr Gillias said: “I am delighted to have been involved in such a fantastic project, promoting creativity amongst the talented young people in our community. As the regeneration of Technology Drive and Leicester Road gathers pace, it is great to see St. Modwen Homes building a sustainable and inclusive community which supports local clubs and institutions.”

Bev Hall, sales and marketing director at St. Modwen Homes, added: “We are delighted to have been able to work in partnership with Warwickshire College to organise this exciting project. The competition was designed to provide students with real experience of working as a professional photographer and responding to a brief, whilst allowing them to use their creativity to depict what their local area means to them.

“As we continue to deliver high-quality family homes at Edison Place, we remain committed to working with the local community, and have so far sponsored a local rugby club, St. Andrews RFC as well as arranging site safety lessons with local primary schools. Edison Place forms part of the wider regeneration of Rugby, and it’s really important that we support the young people who are the future of this area.”

New homes are currently for sale at Edison Place, starting in price from £209,950 for a three storey, three bedroom ‘Manhattan’ property, which is now available to view, up to £276,500 for a four bedroom detached ‘Glenmont’ family home, which features three double bedrooms, a garage and parking. All the homes are available under the Government’s equity loan scheme, Help to Buy, under which purchasers require a deposit of just five per cent.

Edison Place is being delivered by St. Modwen’s housebuilding business, St. Modwen Homes and forms part of a larger mixed-use development, which is already home to the £33 million Warwickshire College as well as shops and other local amenities, including a Hungry Horse restaurant.

For further information about the new homes at Edison Place, people are directed to visit the marketing suite, which is open daily, between 10am and 6pm. Alternatively, people can call 0844 243 4646 or visit www.stmodwenhomes.co.uk