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Students lobby ministers to replace Downing Street with a new eco-HQ

Three government ministers will today view Manchester school students' proposals for an environmentally friendly replacement to No.10 Downing Street.
The students have declared that the current No. 10 Downing Street is unsustainable - a drain on energy and resources - and will be lobbying the Prime Minister and senior politicians to listen to their ideas for its replacement by parking a lorry containing an exhibition of their designs directly outside the Labour Party conference.A panic room, an underwater cabinet room and an organic farm feature in the students' innovative proposals for a new eco-home and office for the Prime Minister.Ministers Alan Johnson, David Lammy and the David Miliband have confirmed they will meet the students outside Manchester Town Hall to view their innovative ideas.The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the ICE have instigated The Green Wing project, working with a group of Year 11 students from Cedar Mount High School, a successful inner-city comprehensive in East Manchester. The students were invited by RIBA and the ICE to take part in this unique project to design an environmentally friendly Prime Minister's office and residence on Duck Island in St James's Park.The resulting design gives politicians and the public a real insight into what young people believe represents a suitable contemporary and sustainable residence for the Prime Minister. Speaking about The Green Wing project, RIBA President Jack Pringle said: 'This is the first time a major party conference has been held in Manchester so we wanted to do something really special bringing together education, design and sustainability. 'This is a terrific project which has really captured the imagination of the students and will, I am sure, captivate politicians and the public alike when the students unveil their work. Gordon Masterton, ICE President, added: 'We are delighted to be involved in this ground breaking project with RIBA. The Green Wing highlights the need for our two professions to raise awareness of sustainability issues among politicians and young people.'The project covers a range of subjects including design, science, geography and citizenship.

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