Nottingham based Couch Perry Wilkes (CPW) has teamed up with Nottingham Trent University (NTU) to award three of its top students with prestigious awards.
In a presentation held at the university, three students from the schools of architecture, interior architecture and design and architecture and technology had their hard work recognised as they were awarded prizes to highlight their achievement.
Nilesh Mistry, director at CPW acted as a judge on behalf of the company, he said: “We were thrilled to be involved as we are really passionate about promoting Nottingham and retaining talent within the city and this seemed like a fantastic opportunity to do just that.
Their creativity was astounding and it is talent like this that we need to be keeping within the region
“All the shortlisted projects were brilliant so it was really hard to pick a winner but Jade, Emily and Reece’s projects all really stood out. Their creativity was astounding and it is talent like this that we need to be keeping within the region.
“This was the first year we have been involved with the awards and we really wanted to give the students a boost and congratulate them on their hard work and passion. We therefore decided to give each student £500 prize money along with their award as an extra show of support.”
CPW judged three categories and chose Emily Hagger for the architectural project of the year, Reece Thorner for architectural technologist of the year and Jade Barber as the winner of the interior architecture and design award.
It was also a big surprise for some of the students and a good boost for finishing their degree
Gavin Richards, head of department at Nottingham Trent University, said: “Initially when talking with CPW we wanted to judge the best environmental response so I shortlisted three or four students for each category. On the presentation night Nilesh and I walked around and decided the winner.
“The award was definitely a recognition of all the hard work they have put in over the past three years. All our students work incredibly hard but I think that for Reece, Emily and Jade winning was a recognition of strength in their particular area.
“It was also a big surprise for some of the students and a good boost for finishing their degree. The award was part of a suite of prizes and CPW was incredibly generous – I’m sure the students will use the money wisely and it will go to a good cause.”
Jade Barber, final year interior architecture student and winner of the interior architecture and design award. She said: “I was so shocked to win the award but I was really passionate about my final project and I think that came across in my presentation boards. I’m hoping to do a masters at NTU next year so the prize money will definitely come in useful.”