Dagenham architect students wins top award for conservatory design

David Salisbury with the winner James Furzer and Oliver Heath

David Salisbury with the winner James Furzer and Oliver Heath - Credit: Archant

An architecture student from Dagenham could become a garden household name after winning an international competition to design the conservatory of the future.

James' winning design.

James' winning design. - Credit: Archant

James Furzer, 25, of Hardie Road, could now see his design become a reality after claiming the top prize with his futuristic entry in the contest organised by industry experts David Salisbury.

Part of the design team behind award-winning Watering Holes, currently situated across the capital’s eight royal parks, the former Eastbrook secondary school pupil was delighted by the achievement.

He said: “I wanted to create a modern, exciting structure that blurred the boundaries between internal and external spaces.

“My entire design is based on its “buildability” and flexibility.

James' winning design.

James' winning design. - Credit: Archant

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“The brief highlighted that if a suitable project arose then the winning scheme may be proposed to potential clients. It would be fantastic for my design to actually be built by David Salisbury.”

His design included a steel and wooden canopy area, interlinked with contemporary glass modules.

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Dagenham born-and-bred, James admits the borough once home to the largest council estate in Europe is “not an architect’s dream”, although things are improving.

James hopes to become a chartered architect upon completion of his studies.

For more information about the competition visit davidsalisbury.com.

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