Southampton Solent Students Show Their Flair For Creative Interior Design
06 Apr 2016

Students studying at Southampton Solent University have had the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of what it’s like to be a fully-fledged interior designer, as part of an ongoing partnership with Linden Homes South.

The university partnership with Linden Homes provides the BA (Hons) Interior Design Decoration students with real-world experiences and has become an integral part of their three-year course.

Lydia Southwell, Southampton Solent University Course Leader, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to provide our students on the course with real-world learning experiences.

“Our partnership with Linden Homes South has really enhanced our students learning and will help them when they eventually move on to become professionals in their own right.”

As part of their first and third-year projects, the students on the interior decoration course were asked to create showhome designs based on a brief provided by Linden Homes. The brief detailed the location of the homes, the type of customer that was likely to be interested in the home and outlined the theme. This was followed by a visit to a real Linden Homes showhome at Crowdhill Green in Fair Oak, to give the students inspiration for their designs.

Gaining their first glimpse into the housebuilding industry, the first-year students were asked to focus on a two-bedroom home at the Crowdhill Green development, whilst the third-year students chose to design and style a larger home at this new collection of properties. Accompanied by their course lecturers and Linden Homes South marketing manager, Susan Whiting, the students were taken on a tour of the site and showhome to help get an in-depth insight into the project.

Lydia added: “Our third-year students were some of the finalists the first time we ran this initiative back in 2014, so it’s fantastic that the project has inspired them to pursue this as their final major project.

“Having the opportunity to meet a client, gain first hand industry experience and listen to a real brief has given them valuable insights into the housebuilding industry and will certainly benefit them as they move on with their careers. It’s been great to have Linden on-board and we hope this partnership can continue for many years to come.”

Linden Homes South Marketing Manager, Susan Whiting, provided the brief for the students and was on hand to answer questions during the visit at Crowdhill Green.

Susan commented: “It’s great to be able to support these students as they start their careers into the world of interior design. It was a delight to meet them and they were very enthusiastic about the project which is great to see.

“We were so pleased to be able to offer them some real world experiences and give them a chance to understand what it’s like to work with a client. You never know, one day some of these students could be designing our showhomes professionally!

“We hope the students enjoyed the visit and get as much out of the experience as possible. We are delighted to be able to build on the success of previous years working together and continue to support the students and our partnerships with Southampton Solent University.”

Situated in the semi-rural village of Fair Oak, Crowdhill Green is a new development of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes.

To find out more about Crowdhill Green at Fair Oak visit the website or call 02380 082 669 for more details.


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