Natalie’s sketching her way to the top

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A St Helens College student has scooped a prestigious prize courtesy of the Liverpool School of Architecture.

Aspiring architect Natalie Heywood would have happily settled for a conditional offer of a place at the world-renowned architecture school after completing a year-long course at the local college.

But the London-born student was also shortlisted for the Elmes Prize - awarded to the student with the most impressive application portfolio - which she has since found out she has won!

The award was launched in memory of prominent architect Harvey Lonsdale Elmes, who designed St George’s Hall.

Natalie, 24, scooped a £1,000 prize after impressing lecturers with her application.

The budding architect is set to receive her award at a highly-anticipated degree show in the school of architecture this Friday (June 20).

She said: “I’ve always had a desire to go to university and, thanks to the access course at the college, I am now able to fulfil my ambition.

“I have always had a keen interest in architecture and the course I studied at the college has enhanced my creativity and desire to succeed.”

She added: “I have gained excellent organisation and study skills at the college which I will now transfer at university level. I have been fully supported by my tutors and felt confident applying for university.

“I felt honoured to not only receive a conditional offer from the university but was also overwhelmed to find out I had won the Elmes Prize also. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at St Helens College and I’m excited for my new adventure.”