Pupil’s snake-themed design wins bike stand for school

Rhiannon Smith, who won the competition.

Rhiannon Smith, who won the competition.

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Ten Year Old Rhiannon Smith got a great s-s-s-s-surprise when a snake design won a Tour de France-inspired contest to design a bike stand.

The Clifton Primary pupil beat more than 100 other challengers from across Yorkshire with her eye-catching entry - which gets the school a free cycling amenity.

Leeds-based QAD Architects teamed up with Brighouse metalworking firm Arkoni for the competition to celebrate the Grand Depart legacy.

Rhiannon said: “I thought a snake design would work well as it looks a bit like the hills and valleys that formed the Tour de France course.

"It will be placed close to the bike sheds and I’m very pleased to have won the competition."

Ian Bryant, of QAD Architects, added: “We were all very impressed by the number of entries and the creativity that went into all of the designs.

"It’s clear that the future of architecture is in safe hands across the region.

"The winning entry from Rhiannon demonstrated both practicality and innovation and will be a very eye-catching addition to the school facilities.

"We are looking forward to seeing Rhiannon's design turned into reality,"

The bike stand will now be made and installed at the school over the autumn term. “It will be an interesting challenge for one of our apprentices,”added Arkoni MD Mark Prentice.

"We will be working up a final specification for Rhiannon's design over the coming weeks."

Founded in 2005, QAD Architects is based at the Greenhouse in South Leeds.

It focuses primarily on architecture within the health and residential sectors, but also carries out education and commercial work.

Arkoni, founded in 1991, supplies a wide range of fire-rated and steel glazing systems as well as architectural and bespoke metalwork solutions for commercial, residential and public sector construction across Great Britain.

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