Level 2 Art & Design students work on a new project for Longhurst Group

A leading housing provider has teamed up with local art and design students to produce a series of garden structures for a new show home near Grantham.

Longhurst Group, which owns and manages more than 23,000 homes across the Midlands and East of England, is delivering a 46-home development in Great Gonerby called The Spires.

A show home is part of the development and the Group recently donated £100 to our art and design students at Grantham College, while setting them the task of creating sculptures to feature in the gardens.

In total, 11 of our students took part in the work experience and Chris Parkinson, Head of Sales at Longhurst Group, said he was delighted with the outcome.

He added: “Here at Longhurst Group, we endeavour to work with our communities and involve them in our developments and activities as much as possible.

“With that in mind, we’re delighted we’ve been able to work with the students at Grantham College and give them the opportunity to have some practical work experience knowing their work would be in the public domain.

“This project has been a perfect example of us continuing our community ethos and it’s been great to see the students getting hands on and enjoying the task.

“We’re really pleased with the final results and they look great in the garden of the show home.”
Simon Morris, Course Leader of the Level 2 Art & Design course, said the project has given the students a new sense of confidence.

He added: “The students responded well to the challenge and were very enthusiastic about the task.

“You could tell as the week progressed when they were producing the pieces that they really enjoyed it - They enjoyed the freedom and creativity that came with the brief, and were proud to be producing their own sculptures.

“That pride is very evident. Since this work experience finished, they’ve become more confidence in their own work which has been a huge positive.

“The fact that the work is going to be in the public eye with their names displayed is fantastic, and will really benefit our students. This is something people would not expect from students this age, so it’s been a great opportunity for them to gain some real-life work experience of working to a brief, with an external company!

Thank you to the team who supported us at Longhurst Group”.