Primary school pupils won a competition to design street furniture for Melbourn Science Park, and have now seen their visions brought to life.

The five winning designers, all in Year 6 at Melbourn Primary School, recently attended an unveiling ceremony for the outdoor furniture.

Royston Crow: Emilia's community benchEmilia's community bench (Image: Bruntwood SciTech)

They were joined by pupils from Melbourn Village College, and each winner unveiled their designs in front of an audience consisting of councillors Jose Hales, Sally Ann Hart and Susan van de Ven, as well as chief executive of South Cambs District Council Liz Watts and deputy director for planning Heather Jones.

Before the unveiling ceremony, Year 7 pupils from the college took part in a morning workshop on biodiversity, hosted by the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Team.

Royston Crow: Holly's rose tableHolly's rose table (Image: Bruntwood SciTech)

Cllr Sally Ann Hart said: "What a wonderful day for all! It felt great to witness the enthusiasm on the faces of the children from the Melbourn Primary School as the benches were unveiled and I don't believe they ever thought their ideas would be delivered.

"I was also really impressed with the Year 7 students contributions throughout the discussions during the morning session - the level of planning and resourcing for the learning was excellent and we really are inspiring the next generation of planners."

Royston Crow: Isaac's rainbow benchIsaac's rainbow bench (Image: Bruntwood SciTech)

The competition was launched in December in a collaboration between Melbourn Primary School, Bruntwood SciTech, Sheppard Robson Architects and Planit-IE, and saw 60 pupils aged between nine and 11 take part.


Each of the five winning designs will also be installed at Melbourn Primary School.

Matt Humphries, community manager for Melbourn Science Parka and Bruntwood SciTech, said: "We have fantastic grounds at the Park and very much encourage the local community to visit and enjoy them.

Royston Crow: Sebastian's bird bench tableSebastian's bird bench table (Image: Bruntwood SciTech)

"Thanks to the exceptionally talented and creative young designers at Melbourn Primary School who have worked so hard on this project, we're excited to add a selection of fun and unique outdoor furniture for visitors to enjoy!

"We want this project to be the first of many, and for every child to feel inspired by STEM, and realise that it could be an exciting career opportunity for them."