National design competition-The winners

Earlier this year five design students from across the country were celebrating having been selected winners in the first Peverel Retirement Design Competition, ‘Future Ageing’. Students were invited to conceptualise what they thought the independent living retirement development of the future would look like.

Peverel Retirement, a leading retirement property management company, launched the national competition in conjunction with the Interior Educators, who are a group of lecturers teaching interior design and architecture. Students were asked to consider space, security, sustainability and social living in their entries.

Top prize went to The American Intercontinental University student, Margherita De Eccher with Sophie Hull, design student from Leeds College of Art winning second place. Runners-up were Jennifer Campbell and Debbie Allan from The Glasgow School of Art and Ameena Al-Samarae from Manchester School of Art.

Forty-four entries were received for the competition from eight universities.

Below: Peverel Retirement Design Competition winners with judges Graeme Brooker, David Sparks and Cynthia Gibbs. Keith Edgar, Peverel Retirement’s Managing Director, presented the winners’ prizes at an exhibition held at the Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication

Below:Margherita De Eccher With Keith Edgar

Below: Sophie Hull

Below: Jennifer Campbell with winning entry

Below: Debbie Allen

Explaining his decision, Graeme Brooker, said: “The judges’ expertise and knowledge came together to choose our winners fairly, from both an academic and property management point of view. All five winners deserved their places as all had not only met the brief but went one step further taking the future of retirement living into great consideration in terms of space and design.”


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