University of Northampton Students Present New Product Ideas To Haddonstone

  • Jack Wisby, second year BSc Product Design student at the University of Northampton presents his new product ideas to Haddonstone

Talented students from the University of Northampton have presented their new product design concepts for a live client project with Haddonstone.

Second year undergraduate students from the Product Design BSc (Hons) course were tasked to develop ideas to form part of a new street furniture range.

The students devised a variety of products designed to be produced using Haddonstone’s unique cast stone materials – and successful concepts could be added to our range of architectural, landscaping and garden products.

The project was launched in October when the students toured the Haddonstone manufactory and Show Gardens.

Concepts included a bench which doubles up as a gritting bin; seating which incorporates a bug hotel; planters which can be used as barriers to keep pedestrians safe from traffic; and a dog water station which incorporates a water bottle-filling tap.

The students are now fine-tuning their designs ready for judging, which takes place later this year, with the top three awarded a cash prize.

  • University of Northampton BSc Product Design student Jack Wisbey talks to the Haddonstone team.

David Barrow, Managing Director, Haddonstone said:

“All of the presentations were excellent and the students have clearly put a lot of hard work into developing their ideas.  They’ve come up with a varied breadth of concepts, which we would never have thought about, so to get this kind of fresh perspective on what’s quite a traditional product range has been invaluable for us.

“There’s one or two concepts in there which are certainly commercially viable, and some of the original ideas are certainly worth developing.

“We’re now looking forward to seeing the concepts being turned into models and selecting our favourite designs.”

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