Students visit Scottow Enterprise Park for design project

Scottow Moor Solar Park on the Norfolk County Council-owned Scottow Enterprise Park, located on the

Scottow Moor Solar Park on the Norfolk County Council-owned Scottow Enterprise Park, located on the former RAF Coltishall airbase.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

A group of students have been taking inspiration from a Norfolk solar farm as part of a design course.

Visiting Scottow Enterprise Park, the postgraduate class from the Royal College of Art, in London, who are taking a course in design interactions, photographed and explored the site as part of the project.

Pete Hudson, 31, of Peckham, London, was one of the 14 students who took part in the visit. He said: 'The solar farm is quite dramatic and quite beautiful. We also visited a local power station and the contrast is great although I'm more drawn to the solar farm. I always wondered why they're called solar farms and it was explained when I came here as there's clearly a more agricultural approach to power generation.'

Laurence Symonds, technology tutor from the Royal College of Art's school of design, added: 'We have been doing a trip to learn more about infrastructure and power and we wanted to go to a traditional power station as well as alternative sites. Scottow has been really good. It's great that there are the RAF connections. It's a very big and interesting site, visually stunning. It's great to get to see the hidden infrastructure and I know my students have found it inspirational.'

Going to Scottow Enterprise Park, which is located on the former RAF Coltishall air base site, was one of a number of visits from the students to power generation sites locally.

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Norfolk County Council's Tim Edmunds, development manager at the park, Donna Clarke from Origin Power Limited and Gareth Hawkins from Solar Power Developments Limited explained on the day how the solar farm came about and how it works.

The first phase of the solar farm came into operation in March this year. Work is progressing to deliver phase two and once complete the solar farm will be one of the biggest in the UK.

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