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Floating home project wins funding

A masters student has won £5,000 towards a project to design a sustainable, affordable floating house.

Umi Baden-Powell won the 2015 RIBA McAslan Bursary for her project The Zero-Point House.

Baden-Powell, who is currently studying architecture at the Royal College of Art, will use the cash to research floating buildings in the Netherlands and Nigeria.

She eventually aims to create a prototype house to show how cheap, energy efficient homes could be built on British waters.   

The bursary is run by the Royal Institute of British Architects, architects John McAslan + Partners and the Environment Agency.

Sir Phillip Dilley, chairman of the Environment Agency, said: “The Environment Agency is delighted to support the 2015 RIBA McAslan Bursary.

“Umi Baden-Powell’s project is a worthy winner and shows great imagination. Indeed all of the winners deserve our warmest congratulations. It is critical that we nurture skills and a spirit of innovation in the next generation to ensure that our industry can provide sustainable solutions for the future. The RIBA McAslan Bursary is helping that happen.”

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