Children show off 3D eco-town plans

Pupils from Bure Park School, Bicester designed eco-town street plans. Year 2 pupils, from the left, Zoe McKenzie, Matthew Hornby, Katy Mills, Hannah Savin, Henry Gronow and Millie Couzens with Louise Caves and Steve Hornblow of A2Dominion.'121214M-B530
Pupils from Bure Park School, Bicester designed eco-town street plans. Year 2 pupils, from the left, Zoe McKenzie, Matthew Hornby, Katy Mills, Hannah Savin, Henry Gronow and Millie Couzens with Louise Caves and Steve Hornblow of A2Dominion.'121214M-B530
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A group of 70 children from Bure Park School in Bicester have come up with 3D street designs for for the UK’s first eco-town.

Pupils put their thinking caps on to design streets in the first phase of the North West Bicester scheme in a competition hosted by developers A2Dominion.

Year 4 classes were set a challenge to design streets they would like to live in.

Finished designs included woodlands, butterfly houses, community centres and mazes.

Ella Holding, eight, said: “I enjoyed working together as a team to create the town.”

Edward Jolliffe, nine, added: “We learnt that it’s good for nature and the environment to think about energy saving elements like biomass boilers, solar panels and wind turbines.”

Winners will be announced at a special school assembly in January, and will get garden centre vouchers so they can create a green space in their school grounds.

A2Dominion spokesman Louise Caves said: “It is going to be really hard to pick a winner, the twelve groups have all worked exceptionally hard together on the project.

“The 3D models, which were accompanied by short films the groups had made to showcase their eco-street designs and benefits were so creative and thorough – the children have put so much effort into them.”

Bure Park School teacher Nicki Wise said: “The competition has been a great success and the children have all really enjoyed it. They have been working very hard to put their ideas together and work in teams to make imaginative 3D models.”

The first phase of North West Bicester will consist of 93 zero-carbon homes, and streets will have communal barbecue areas, herb boxes and allotments. The scheme will also include a school and an eco business centre.