Local architects work with students to produce amphitheatre-inspired pavilion at Hackney college
Twenty sixth-form students got a taste of life as an architect when they designed and built a Greco-roman inspired pavilion for their school grounds.
After two days of workshops held by Islington-based civil engineering firm AKTII on engineering, architecture and design, the students from Brooke House Sixth Form College (BSix) in Clapton produced their own pavilion designs to feature in the school's 'Garden of the Ancient World'.
The workshops, funded and staffed AKTII, combined general talks about professional architecture with design tutorials, such as model-making and sketching.
Students then presented their work to a panel of industry professionals, including the Hackney-based architect Asif Khan, senior lecturer at the Chelsea College of Arts and Design Cyril Shing, and consulting structural engineers from AKTII.
The winning design took inspiration from Egyptian pyramid forms to create a Greco-Roman amphitheatre of stepped seating and a focal performance space.
The standard of designs impressed engineer Dan Bergsagel. He said: "The students were fantastic! During sucha short workshop they produced some really evocative drawings and scale models of their pavilion designs."
Benjamin Joseph-Ebare, a student involved with the project said: "We studied buildings like the Gherkin, the Cheesegrater and St Paul's Cathedral. Everyone agrees the workshop was helpful and much was learnt"
This was echoed by the BSix's Head of Science and Maths, Adam Loxton, who praised the students "pride" in the completed project which he described as a "brilliant opportunity to work with professional architects".
Essex-based Conneely Group provided skilled tradesman, as well as a number of other local and London wide contributors.
Clapton-based Home Build Supplies provided timber and materials at a discounted rate, whilst TfL donated and delivered paving stones used for the structure's base.
Nik Higgins, the schools Raising Aspirations Co-ordinator, said that the Pavilion Project gave students "a rare opportunity to sample the life of an architectural designer" and gave them a flavour of what can be a "particularly difficult" early career path to access.