The “face” of architecture and design for Channel 5, Charlie presents some of Britain’s most popular design based property shows including “Build a New Life in the Country” and “I Own Britain’s Best Home”.
A highly successful architectural designer in his own right, Charlie is passionate about the environment and sustainable development and was delighted to meet the nine winners of the Lillicrap Chilcott competition.
Speaking afterwards he said: “I’ve been so impressed with what I’ve seen and it’s been fantastic to be able to talk to the winners about their designs. What I love most is the raw creativity that they have shown. It’s the sheer unconstrained creativity of them tapping into their ideas and that is very exciting to see.”
“I love seeing people having those raw ideas and then being able to express them in terms of space and in drawings and it is a wonderful thing to find and it needs to be encouraged among all kids.”
“The Interior Design Challenge” was the third competition of its kind run by Lillicrap Chilcott and the most successful yet with almost 1,000 entries coming from schools and individuals all over Cornwall.
This year the top award in the aged 3-8s category went to Alex Lightfoot with Joshua Boyle in second place and Katie Harpur in third.
In the 9-13s, Eleanor Mumford came out on top with Bethany Masters second and Chloe Barratt third.
The 14-18s category was particularly hard fought with William Bright upping his second place last year to take top prize this year. Loka Liu came second with Lily Smallwood in third.
The school’s prize of a cheque for £1,000 for the Best Overall Design went to The Bolitho School for the entry by Eleanor Mumford.