Solent University Students Boost Their Creative Flair With A Visit To Local New Homes Development
16 Apr 2019

For the fifth year running, Solent University in Southampton has teamed up with Linden Homes to give a group of first year BA (Hons) Interior Design and Decoration students invaluable insight into their possible future careers with the beginnings of a creative project.

The students recently visited Boorley Park, Linden Homes’ flagship development in Botley to view the show homes and get an understanding of how Linden Homes comes up with the interior design for them. Their project tasks them with redesigning the ground floor living space of the three-bedroom Fincham family home, requiring them to come up with ideas for the decoration, furniture and layout of the space including the kitchen, dining area, living room and downstairs cloakroom.

Linden Homes (South) Marketing Manager, Jo Dixon, was on hand to introduce the development and the types of homes available, including an introduction to The Fincham’s layout and anticipated customer profile. Jo also provided the students with an overview of an interior design teams role and how they work together to create an appealing interior to attract purchasers..

Rosie Kirby (20), one of the students attending the visit to Boorley Park, said: “The opportunity to work with Linden Homes is great. I’d already put some thought into my ideas and design and coming here has really helped my ideas come to life. There’s a lot for me to work with which is exciting, I can be really creative!”

Lydia Southwell, Solent University Course Leader, BA (Hons) Interior Design and Decoration added: “Each year our students find it incredibly useful to visit the home they have been tasked with redesigning. It helps to put their creative thoughts and ideas into a real environment, as well as a great first insight into what their future career with an award-winning housebuilder may entail which is invaluable.”

Once the students have completed their creative projects Linden Homes will also play a role in judging their work within a pitch style environment. It provides the students with a taste of the pitch process and a chance to talk through their creative concepts as if pitching to a real life client.

Jo Dixon said: “It’s always an absolute pleasure to work with the ever passionate students from Solent University. Their designs, ideas and energy is always so impressive, it’s difficult to judge them as the standard of work is so high. We wish the group the best of luck in their projects and I can’t wait to have a look at their creations later in the year!”

Boorley Park is a new growing community near Botley which is set to include a brand new primary school opening later this year, shops, a community centre and a range of stunning homes to suit a variety of prospective buyers.

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