An architecture student has won a garden design competition – and her work will soon spring to life in Aberdeen.
Rebecca Hawley, who is in second year at Robert Gordon University, beat her opponents in the INsideOUT competition to design a community garden.
Judges were so impressed with Rebecca’s design, they have given the green light for it to become a reality.
The design will be incorporated in the Hillcrest Housing Association’s St Machar Road development.of 138 affordable homes, which is currently under construction by Robertson Partnership Homes.
Rebecca said: “The experience is surreal. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet that what I have been designing and drawing on paper all summer will be brought to life.
“I am over the moon my design has been chosen after being given the opportunity that not many people in their early stages of their architectural education have been given.”
Rebecca, who studies at RGU’s Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment, was picked as the winner by a panel of judges for her design Urban Woodland Rounds.
It includes winding paths, woodland plantings and circular social areas.
Rebecca added: “Following meetings and talking to a few members of the community the conclusion was made that more community interaction was needed.
“It was in the community’s interest that a play area was added for younger children who will benefit from scattered fairy gardens and educational hubs which will house a bee and butterfly garden and bug hotels.
“My design makes use of space, sight, plantings and colour to support community needs.
“While holding four main areas such as an enclosed seating area, open seating area, planting area and a children’s play area the design still leaves space to walk dogs and take a stroll.”
“I really can’t thank Hillcrest, Robertson’s and the other competitors for the opportunity, guidance and support through all the stages of the competition.”
David Zwirlein, Hillcrest director of development and new business, added: “After a number of months of hard work, Rebecca has produced a tremendous design that certainly ticked all of the boxes of the design brief.
“Once completed, the design will form a landmark within the community and isn’t just a fantastic piece of art, but also a place where Hillcrest residents and the wider community can meet and interact.
Neil Donald, regional director at Robertson Partnership Homes, said: “A community garden has been at the heart of our St Machar Road development for Hillcrest Housing Association and it has been a pleasure having students from Robert Gordon University help us with their great designs.
“The feedback from local residents at community events has been overwhelmingly positive and Rebecca Hawley’s design is a worthy winner.
“Robertson Partnership Homes is delighted to support this project and congratulates all students who took part.”