Three Rugby students have work chosen for time capsule

The winners of the school competition.
The winners of the school competition.
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Three Rugby primary school children will have their work preserved for future generations after winning a House of the Future design competition.

The time capsule will be buried next year at Radio Station Rugby, where some 6,200 new homes, schools, health facilities and open spaces will be delivered as part of the town’s new urban extension on the former radio mast site.

Shortlisted designs were displayed at the Rugby Village (Fanzone) last Wednesday, where the three winning contestants were announced and presented with goody bags by ex-England rugby player, Ben Kay.

Hillmorton Primary School pupils Isabella Fallows, 9, and Mini Haddon, 8, were named as winners along with Ansruta Ayyalasomatajula, 9, from Clifton upon Dunsmore C of E Primary School, after impressing judges with their innovative designs.

Johanne Thomas, from Urban&Civic, the developers behind Radio Station Rugby, said: “We’ll bury the time capsule when we start building houses next year and we’ll be working with local communities to gather more items over the next six months.

“We have already had support from Rugby mayor Cllr Richard Dodd, who has written a letter to the future residents.

“We will of course include lots of photos and items relating to the site’s fascinating history as the world’s most powerful radio station and then we have these brilliant picture insights from children of what the future might be like when the capsule is opened.”

Rooftop swimming pools, wind-powered bunkers and devices which automatically fold clothes before storing them away were just some of the features of the three designs.

Johanne said it was hard to pick just three entries because the standard of entries was so high.