Art and design students at Chichester College are embarking on the opportunity of a lifetime.

The students will be taking centre stage at this year’s Show in March, by designing the interiors of the show homes.

These are the focal point of the show, which runs from Friday 24 March to Tuesday 9 April at Olympia in London, and will be visited by an estimated 280,000 people.

This year there will be two fully built houses – a thatched cottage and a three-storey apartment building - for visitors to explore, with Chichester College students designing the rooms.

The apartment building, sponsored by Barclays, will have three separate flats. These will be designed to reflect the stories of their residents – from a young family starting out on the property ladder to an older couple who are downsizing in retirement.

The college’s construction students will also be involved in helping to support the building of the houses.

Julie Kapsalis, Vice Principal at Chichester College, said: “Part of what makes Chichester College special are the experiences that we are able to open up to our students and we are delighted to have been given the chance to be involved with the Ideal Home Show in such a big way.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to showcase their tremendous talents on a huge stage, where hundreds of thousands of people will see what they can do.

“It is a huge challenge – it is like nothing we’ve done before – but I know we will all be blown away by what our students and their lecturers will be presenting when the show opens in March.

The students have begun designing concepts for the show, which were presented to representatives from Barclays and Media 10 – who run the Ideal Home Show – in January, with the final designs being selected this month.