An Art & Design student from Canterbury College has been selected as the overall winner of a recent design competition challenge set by local business Jacksons Fencing.

Lance White from Margate was presented with a cheque for £250 by previous Jacksons Fencing CEO Richard Jackson. Ante Lukacic, an international student originally from Croatia now living in Ramsgate, was also highly commended and received a cheque for £100 in recognition of his achievements.

The competition, which was launched in December 2011, invited students from various faculties (Engineering; Art & Design; Land Base; Carpentry and Built Environment) to participate. Entrants were asked to submit their recommendations for an aesthetically pleasing new fencing / access control product or a fencing / access control product that would be capable of addressing a key environmental or physical security challenge.

Lance, who received praise from the judges for his passion and enthusiasm for the project, delivered a number of design ideas but it was his pre-school and sensory garden ‘musical’ railings concept which really captured the imagination of the management team at Jacksons Fencing. Ante’s vision for a fence which incorporated an integral planter and seating also received positive feedback.

Both students were invited to Jacksons’ headquarters at Stowting Common to receive their cheques and to participate in a factory tour. It is anticipated that the designs will be progressed to a prototype stage by the in-house design and manufacturing teams at Jacksons with a view to putting a final product into production as part of the company’s 65th anniversary celebrations.

Commenting on the competition, Richard Jackson CEO Jacksons Fencing said “Jacksons has been producing fencing and access control products for 65 years and we have always placed considerable emphasis on the need to constantly evolve our product range and to demonstrate our ability to keep abreast of changing trends in the market. As well as celebrating all that we have achieved since 1947, this special anniversary year is also about demonstrating the company’s continuing commitment to producing high quality products which are not only fit for purpose now but which can also endure the test of time to become future perfect. We believe that by supporting emerging local design talent we are able to play a vital role in helping students realise their creative potential, whilst at the same time, enabling us to tap into the design inspiration of the next generation. We are delighted with the results and hope to work with Lance and Ante to develop their ideas and involve them in progressing from a paper design to a potentially commercially viable product”.