Urban Union unveils Muirton show home garden designed by local pupils

Urban Union's Muirton, Perth Show Home - exteriorUrban Union has hosted a special event for pupils from Perth Grammar School to unveil the new show home garden at its Muirton development, which they helped to design.

The pupils got to have their say in how the show home garden looked through a competition run by Urban Union.

15 pupils from S3 took part in the competition which ran for three weeks. During the process pupils enjoyed a presentation from Muirton Living architects Barton Willmore, who shared their advice and tips for designing a show stopping garden.

Pupils were then given five lessons to submit a final garden design. After which the designs were then sent to a judging panel that consisted of Jon Parry and Julia Goodwin from Barton Willmore who had the difficult job of picking just one winner.

The overall winner was Jaques Bernier, closely followed by Amy Trunbull and Rachael Smith who came in second and third place, respectively. All three pupils, now in S4, received vouchers from Urban Union and an invitation to the unveiling.

As well as being the first members of the public to see the finished garden, the pupils also received framed copies of their drawings to commemorate their part in designing it.

Rhona Mackinnon, Graphic Communications teacher at Perth Grammar School, said: “All of the students were thrilled to be involved in a real life design project. They enjoyed the visit from the landscape architects and put a lot of effort into their designs. They now have an idea of just how much thought goes into designing an entire garden.”

Kirsty Robertson of Urban Union added: “We are really pleased with the completed show home garden and excited for prospective homebuyers to see it – which is a huge testament to the standard of the pupils’ designs. We hope that by giving them the opportunity to see the finished garden, we have provided the pupils valuable experience of working on a project from conception right through to execution.”

Urban Union Ltd was appointed by Caledonia Housing Association to deliver 203 affordable and private homes on the site which is scheduled for completion at the end of 2018.