Pupil Annabel Shortlisted for Top Eco Award

The Year 11 pupil at The King's School was shortlisted from hundreds of entries for the nationwide competition that aims to promote carbon neutral house design. Alongside individual entries such as Annabel's, many of the country's leading architectural and design practices have also entered the main competition, profiling greener house building priorities.

Community-conscious Annabel, who wants to be a human rights lawyer and is completing a charity bike ride from Macclesfield to The Cat & Fiddle later this year, incorporated a string of innovations. These include the use of recycled wood, solar panel heating, a subsoil water pump for electrical generation, light sensitive widows, rain water recycling, voice-activated controls and transferrable multi-functional rooms.

Annabel, a talented young academic who is taking nine GCSEs this year and ultimately is hoping to apply for either Oxford or Cambridge, said: "I am a big fan of George Clarke and his programme Amazing Spaces and was interested in creating multi-functional spaces."

"My generation, who will be living in these houses, may well have less space, so it's important to create rooms which can be easily transferred to other uses. Much of my design centres around creating fold in and out kitchens and living rooms which can then be used as gyms or lounges, creating installations and features which can change by day and night to whatever purpose."

"For example, why should a dining table just be used for eating when it can easily be converted into a yoga or exercise platform."  

Isobel Lally, who runs King's Merit First committee, in which Annabel works with likeminded teenagers on local, national and global projects, added: "Annabel has shown not only great creativity in her design but also a fantastic community spirit typical of her generation."

Annabel was positive about the future and did not blame older generations for the hurdles now facing young people. "People all over the world, not just young people, but of all ages, are now looking at ways to combat climate change and improve the environment and I think we will be successful."

"It's not older people's fault. Plastics must have seemed a wonderful invention 50 years ago while coal and oil-fired electricity must have been even better 150 years ago, but now we know we have to adapt."