Posted:18th July, 2017

Pupils enjoy visit to Russell Homes’ Greenbooth Village

Four young designers have been commended for their imagination and ambition following a visit to the showhome at Greenbooth Village in Norden.

Russell Homes, Greenbooth Village, Cawson showhome, St Vincent De Paul School, Norden

The team of girls from St Vincent De Paul Primary School in Norden were the winners of a competition set by the housebuilder, to design their dream home.

The girls age 10 and 11 were among a group of Year 6 pupils who produced a series of plans and elevations showing the features they’d like to see in a dream home. All the designs have been on show, first at the new development and then at the school, with the winning design now on permanent display in the sales centre.

Martha Smith’s colourful and imaginative design was selected by a panel of judges, headed by sales manager Gill Richardson. Faith Underhill was highly commended in second place and in joint third were Emily Harding and Kodie Booth. Martha was presented with a £30 Amazon voucher and all four were given a chocolate treat in addition to their visit.

Gill Richardson said: “All the designs were very impressive, the children really got into the spirit of the competition and there were some wonderfully wacky ideas like observatories, slides, adventure rooms and, of course, lots of swimming pools. We chose Martha as the winner as we loved the bright and colourful artwork and the attention to detail. We also thought Faith’s drawing was fantastic, with incredible detail that really impressed our technical team, and Emily and Kodi’s were fabulous too.

“The girls were simply brilliant during their visit, interested and enthusiastic about everything, and it was great to hear that three of them already have plans to work in this industry when they are older. Martha and Faith’s early interest in architecture is clear to see, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we weren’t seeing buildings designed by Smith & Underhill Associates in 20 years or so.”

The girls were give a tour of the showhome by Gill, where they enjoyed snooping around the rooms and seeing how the professionals go about designing homes, and in particular discussing the funky décor in the “teenage” room. They were also shown around the site under the supervision of health and safety manager Roger Fitton, who gave a presentation at the school earlier in the year as part of Russell Homes’s commitment to promoting construction to the next generation.

Deborah Gillan, St Vincents deputy head, said the competition had really sparked the children’s imagination. She said: “We love getting involved with projects like this, which combine fun, education, and things happening in the community around us. It’s vital the children learn about what’s going on in the wider world, like how houses are built, and get an understanding about the sorts of jobs and careers they might consider in the future, so we’re grateful to Russell Homes for running this project with us.

“The winners really enjoyed their visit to the showhome and were so pleased that they got to see the construction project first hand after hearing about it in the classroom. It was lovely to see their enthusiasm and I’m so pleased they got so much out of it.”

Investing in the future of construction through educating and inspiring the next generation is an important ambition for Russell Homes. Other Norden schools are welcome to get in touch if they would like to arrange a visit from the Russell Homes team. Go to or click contact us.

(Left to Right) Winner Martha Smith with deputy headteacher Deborah Gillan, Faith Underhill, Russell Homes sales consultant Jackie Matheson, Kodie Booth, Russells’ health and safety manager Roger Fitton, Emily Harding, teaching assistant Simon Robertson

St Vincent De Paul pupil visit

The four competition winners enjoyed having a look around the Cawson showhome at Greenbooth Village

  • The St Vincent pupils check out the Cawson showhome at Greenbooth Village
    The St Vincent pupils check out the Cawson showhome at Greenbooth Village
  • St Vincents' pupils view interior design 'mood boards' for the showhome with Sales Manager Gill Richardson
    St Vincents' pupils view interior design 'mood boards' for the showhome...
  • The winners show off their artwork
    The winners show off their artwork