West Suffolk College helps build Bury St Edmunds homes

Designs for new homes in Mitchell Avenue, Bury St Edmunds Image copyright Havebury Housing Partnership
Image caption Five part-time mature students designed the homes planned for Mitchell Avenue

Students at a Suffolk college are helping to design and build affordable flats in Bury St Edmunds.

Plans were unveiled on Tuesday for the seven homes which students at West Suffolk College will help Havebury Housing Partnership build.

The college said the two-year project offered an "exceptional educational experience to students".

Subject to planning permission, it is hoped building work can start in September.

Grand design

Suzanne Newman, development manager at Havebury Housing Partnership, said the students would be involved with the project from "conception to completion".

Architectural Technology students were invited to submit designs for the flats, which will be on Mitchell Avenue, in December.

Other parts of the project will require the involvement of students in construction, computing and media.

The scheme has received the backing of Kevin McCloud, who presents Channel 4's Grand Designs.

"This will give students first-hand experience of the whole process involved in creating beautiful and sustainable homes, which is important as their generation will be the developers of the future," he said.

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