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The winning students of an interior design project run by Countryside and Gilberd School’s Textiles Department were announced on Monday 17th July at The Gilberd School in Colchester, when the winner and runners-up were presented with Amazon gift vouchers and cupcakes.

Countryside Celebrates Local Students Success In Interior Design
The competition invited a group of Year 10 GCSE Textiles students from The Gilberd School to produce a mood board for a room in a show home and their entries formed part of a design project for their Textiles GCSE. Countryside also arranged a tour of their Chesterwell development and show home in Colchester plus a talk from Jon Pilling, who has designed many show homes at their developments.

The student’s interior mood boards were judged by Countryside and Interiors by Abode. The winning student Kristina Gonzato, received a £50 Amazon gift voucher and runners up, Finlay Gibson and Alysia Bridgland were also awarded a £25 Amazon gift voucher each.

As part of the preparation for the competition, Jon Pilling spoke to the students about his role as a Design Director at the interior design firm, Interiors by Abode and how the design process works. At the show home, the students were met by Jamie Woodrow who led the tour of the show home. Jamie set the students their design brief, as he would an interior designer.

Jamie Woodrow, Associate Director at Countryside’s New Homes and Communities Eastern Region comments: “I am delighted to present the prizes to the students for their fantastic mood board designs. We are glad the tour of our Chesterwell show homes left the student’s feeling inspired - the standard of work overall was outstanding and all of the projects clearly demonstrated a flare of artistic talent. We would like to congratulate and thank everyone for their participation, enthusiasm and excellent designs.”

Helen Ward, Textiles Teacher at The Gilberd School comments: “The students really enjoyed the challenge of creating the mood boards and it gave them a great taster of what it is like to be an interior designer.  On behalf of the students and the school, we would like to thank Countryside and Interiors by Abode for giving them this amazing opportunity and for their time, expertise and enthusiasm for this project.”

Chesterwell is Colchester’s newest community only minutes away from the town centre and train station. Countryside at Chesterwell offers a mix of two, three and four bedroom houses and two bedroom apartments, which are proving to be in high demand. Boasting a traditional design, with features including subtle stone detailing and brick quoining, balanced with a modern internal specification, these homes are ideal for any discerning buyer.

There will be a proposed new primary and secondary school at the Chesterwell development, called Trinity College. The Gilberd School is one of the three schools who successfully bid to run the new school collectively.

Prices at Chesterwell start from £212,500 for a two-bedroom apartment. Three-bedroom houses are available from £299,995. Selected properties are available to purchase through the popular Help to Buy scheme.

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