Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bog Standards

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bog Standards

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Byline: By Rob Kennedy

School toilets often have a reputation for being smelly, graffiti-ridden meeting places for pupils who want a sly cigarette.

But that is about to change after Tyneside pupils won a national design competition and the chance to build futuristic loos for their school.

Designer Wayne Hemingway was among the judges of the Creative Spaces contest and the pupils at Monkseaton High School won pounds 50,000 for their school by beating off stiff competition from across the UK.

Teacher Toni Tippett, the school's head of design and technology, said: "We're very proud and the kids are absolutely thrilled.

"When we entered the competition we asked them which area of the school they least liked, and they said the toilets. Some said they'd often wait until they got home to use the toilet, which was a concern because of the potential effects on their health."

After joining forces with an architect, the pupils came up with a plan to design a series of individual toilet pods to replace the traditional blocks of communal lavatories. …

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