Heriot-Watt students challenged to design homes of the future

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UK homebuilder CALA Homes has partnered with Heriot-Watt University to give students the opportunity to tackle the complex problems facing the future of housing.

Third year Construction Project Management and Quantity Surveying students have been invited to take part in the CALA Student Partnership Award, giving them the chance to develop their vision for the housebuilding industry. 

The CALA Student Partnership Award is a graded assessment which goes towards the students' degree and will give those looking to work within the housebuilding sector an insight into planning and designing homes, and the ethical and practical problems involved.

After presenting their ideas on Thursday 28 February, the students are gearing up for the final event on Thursday 21 March where four students who impress the judges will receive a summer placement with the successful developer. 

“This is a really exciting project for CALA as it allows us to help lay the groundwork for the future of the industry,” says Jackie Hunter, HR Business Partner with CALA Homes.

“It will be interesting to see what creative ideas they come up with, and whether they will be implementable. You never know, in 30 years' time you may be living in a home designed by one of Heriot-Watt's talented students.”

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