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Enterprising youngsters with an eye for design

17 May 2016

Two hundred primary school pupils were challenged to design shop fronts which would attract a customer base in Aberdeen.

Submissions, ranging from fashion houses to cafes were displayed at the Tivoli Theatre on Guild Street.

The budding designers even included the layout of their premises and furnishings, while others identified opening hours and put together potential menus.

Classes from Ferryhill, Hanover Street, Skene Square, Sunnybank and Walker Road schools have been working on the projects since January 2016.

The project set up by Aberdeen City Heritage Trust is part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and aimed to encourage children and young people to understand design concepts and allow them to be creative in the context of the historic built environment. The project was supported by volunteers from Aberdeen Society of Architects.

Councillor Barney Crockett, a Director of the Trust said:

This has been a fantastic programme which has generated some clever, innovative approaches to design and architecture and we are looking forward to seeing how the next generation will develop and shape our city.

Aberdeen City Council Education and Children's Services convenor Councillor Angela Taylor attended the Tivoli to distribute certificates to all the participating students:

This was a great opportunity to engage with young people to raise awareness of the built environment and to think about how design affects our daily lives in urban areas. An overwhelming and colourful response reflects the enthusiasm and unbridled creativity of the youngsters.

An exhibition of the pupils' work is on display at Aberdeen Arts and Theatre Centre (ACT) on King Street until 20 May 2016.

Pictured: Leighton Murphy (P6) with (L-R) Bonita Das (P5), Douglas Campbell (ACHT), Katy Edgar (P6), Councillor Angela Taylor and Aroush Azeem (P5) Photographer Norman Adams, Aberdeen City Council

Aberdeen City Heritage Trust is supported by Historic Environment Scotland and Aberdeen City Council.