Students ‘Proud’ to be a part of history

Students from City of Westminster College (CWC) got the chance to change London’s landscape during their latest project with Proud Places.

Proud Places is a London-wide engagement programme inspiring young people with the world around them. Through heritage projects, they introduce young people to important themes in local places… the hidden stories of the Capital and why they matter.

At the start of this month, CWC hosted the most recent Proud Places initiative as students from T level Civil Engineering and Art and Design courses presented models and ideas for landscaping a new development on the Paddington Green Police Station site.

Louise Reynolds, CWC Lecturer, said: “Students were fully invested in the project and did a lot of research into Brutalist Architecture.

“The project is of resonance to our T level Civil Engineering group as this is exactly the type of scheme they hope to be working on in the future. They developed many skills in the first phase of the exercise, including meeting deadlines and working as a team.

“The exhibition gave them the opportunity to present their ideas in a professional setting which they really valued. We hope that something from all of the work displayed from both the art students and the engineering class will make it through to the final design, which will go before the developers early next year.”

Ife Davies, Proud Places Project Manager, said: “We’ve been so impressed by the students’ hard work on this project and incredibly imaginative designs. We can’t wait until the next stage of this project in the New Year.”

In January 2024, students can look forward to a visit to see the designs then a special follow-up with the landscape architect to discuss how they will be implemented.