22nd June 2001
Local architecture students are flush with success after they came up with ideas for sustainable public toilets in Hull city centre.
As the debate over the city’s public conveniences trickles on, second-year students at the Hull School of Architecture have spent the past month designing environmentally friendly public loos – and the results are now on display in two locations in the city.
The most outstanding designs have also been taken down to London where they now make up the first exhibition to be displayed in the new gallery at the offices of the Architects Registration Board.
“The students were asked to produce a public toilet for Hull city centre which would promote the idea of ecological and sustainable buildings,” said Norman Arnold, a senior lecturer in the Hull School of Architecture.
“The project was also a push to get the students to use computer graphics, to get them to spread their wings and use all the software they could. The resulting quality of much of the work is fantastic for second-year undergraduates. The external examiner who assessed their work was very impressed.”
Amongst the ideas the students came up with were:
· a re-designed pub toilet which would allow the public to use it without having to buy a drink
· a toilet and shower complex where people could park their cycle and walk to work
· an eco-friendly toilet featuring water-purifying biofences and solar panels
· a toilet where visitors could buy plants grown in organic compost
· a sunken toilet in Victoria Square featuring a roof garden and reed beds
The students’ designs can be viewed in the One Stop Environment Shop in the Prospect Centre and at the Hull School of Architecture on George Street.
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