Virgin Atlantic has awarded a design student a placement at its headquarters, working with head of design Joe Ferry and the in-house team.
University of Derby BA (Hons) Architecture and Venue Design student Tasnime Jennings will work at the Virgin headquarters in Surrey for one week.
Her winning idea for a Club lounge at Gatwick Airport incorporates ecodesign features such as a giant hamster wheel for children to play on. The wheel would generate electricity to power the lounge.
Jennings has also won return tickets for any Virgin flight, which she intends to use to travel to Japan.
Richard Branson laid down the challenge to design and architecture students at the University of Derby last year, when he opened the university’s new £21m arts, design and technology facility.
Branson asked them to come up with ideas to create the sustainable airline of the future.
More than 30 students from the architecture and venue design, and product design departments submitted entries to the competition.
Boris Ceranic, programme leader for architecture courses at the university, says, ‘The brief was challenging and specific to the nearest detail, even down to the accessories required in the bathrooms.’
Runners-up Gareth Stanier and Ivan Mould won two economy return flights on any flight with Virgin Atlantic.